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With an array of outstanding public and resort golf courses from which to choose, San Antonio has a tee time for you. Host city of the Valero Texas Open, the fourth-oldest event on the PGA Tour, and the Champions Tour AT&T Championship for golfers 50 and older, the city isn’t only for golf pros. The Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa has 27 holes, plus activities for the rest of the family. The Westin La Cantera Resort has The Resort Course, which Golf Digest named the “Top New Public Course in America ” in 1995, and a championship course designed by Arnold Palmer. For a truly unique experience, play at The Quarry, where the back nine are actually inside an old quarry pit that was part of the former Alamo Cement plant. Just south of downtown are the city-owned Riverside Golf Course and The Republic, its newest public course. And set to open in 2010 are two PGA Tour-owned Tournament Players Club courses and the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.
San Antonio is a sports lover’s paradise, and not just for fishermen and hunters. The city is home to the four-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, which play to packed houses, as well as the San Antonio Silver Stars, the city’s very own WNBA team that competes in regular-season play May through August. (You can cheer on both at the AT&T Center .) Minor League Baseball’s San Antonio Missions, a San Diego Padres’ AA affiliate, play at Nelson Wolff Stadium in the spring and summer, when nightly Puffy Taco races are fan favorites. The San Antonio Rampage minor league hockey team heats up the ice October through April, often making it to the playoffs.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & Half-Marathon sees 30,000 runners and walkers take to the streets in November. If you don’t make it your mission to participate in the largest marathon in Texas history, cheer racers on from sites like the Alamo, Tower of the Americas, King William Historic District and Southtown. Listen to bands stationed at every mile of the course before heading to the Alamodome for a “Finish-Line Fiesta” featuring ‘80s band The Cult.
After a renovation to restore it to its former glory, Brackenridge Park Golf Course is once again above par. The first 18-hole public course in Texas , “Ol’ Brack” (as the locals call it) will soon be home to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame as well. Built in 1916, it was the first course with true grass greens and the first home of the Texas Open in 1922. Ancient oak and pecan trees line the front nine, requiring accurate tee shots, while the back nine is more open. Strong golfers can reach the 17 th hole from the tee.
Upstairs from a brewpub is the Blue Star Brewing Co. Bike Shop, which rents bicycles for pedaling around neighborhoods like downtown, Southtown and the King William Historic District, or taking a leisurely ride along the San Antonio River . The shop rents as well as sells bikes, helmets, locks and other accessories, plus there’s a professional mechanic to patch tires or tune up your bike. When you’ve gotten your fill of exercise, visit the brewing company for a taste of Blue Star’s ever-changing seasonal and special beers and ales.
Rockin ‘R’ River Rides in New Braunfels claims to be the state’s largest river outfitter, and it’s only one of several local tubing companies. With locations on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers, Rockin ‘R’ offers tubing, rafting and canoeing facilities at five locations (including three campgrounds on the banks of the Guadalupe) as well as an on-site riverfront grill. Whether you’re a first-time tuber or regular rafter, Rockin’ ‘R’ will help design your ideal trip, taking into consideration trip length, water temperature, ages of your group members and other factors. And don’t forget to get an extra tube for your cooler!