New TPC San Antonio gives Alamo City needed memorability factor


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This month, TPC San Antonio is opening along with the J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. It's significant on a couple of levels.

First, it signals San Antonio's elevated status on the PGA Tour. The Valero Texas Open, which has been played in the fall for the past decade at The Westin La Cantera Resort and Spa, now kicks off the Texas swing in the spring. It will be played May 13-16 right before the HP Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC Four Seasons Resort and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. That means better fields and TV ratings.

There are 36 holes at TPC San Antonio. Pete Dye designed one of the courses, the AT&T Canyons Course. The tournament, however, will be played on the Greg Norman-designed AT&T Oaks Course, which will tip out at more than 7,500 yards.

'The topographic subtleties of the rolling Texas Hill Country terrain, framed by magnificent stands of mature live oaks, create a pristine natural setting that is as playable as it is beautiful.' said Greg Norman, who got an assist from Sergio Garcia on the design.

Secondly, the PGA Tour succeeded where the PGA of America couldn't. A decade ago, the PGA of America wanted to build a PGA Village with several golf courses, but environmental and political opposition derailed the effort. The Tour's strategy, with fewer holes, was better received. As a result, San Antonio continues to ascend as a national golf destination.