Is there such a thing as “home field advantage” in golf? We would like to think so! And this week we are excited to welcome everyone to our hometown, San Antonio, for the Valero Texas Open!
Jimmy has been a San Antonio resident since grade school and, I reluctantly, moved here when we were married in 2005. After almost 6 years, I have become a big fan of the city, the people and really feel like San Antonio is home.
Jimmy and I are ready for a full week of family, friends and a little golf too! We are also excited to share with you a few places we consider our hometown “favorites”.
San Antonio is known for it’s charming downtown Riverwalk and if you are going to be spending an evening exploring downtown, there is no better place to stop for dinner than Boudro’s. A self-proclaimed “Texas Bistro,” this trendy place is always packed and a favorite among locals braving the Riverwalk crowds. The pink Prickly Pear Margarita may look and sound girlie but don’t let it fool you. This tart little concoction should probably come with a two-drink limit or you may find yourself at the bottom of the San Antonio River. (Don’t panic, it’s only about 3 feet deep!)
The second must-have item on Boudro’s menu is the Tableside Guacamole. Simply put, it’s the best. I’m willing to stand by my statement and will give away some sweet golf swag to the person proving me wrong!
The entire Boudro’s menu is great, and the atmosphere is fun and festive. Be sure to make it a priority stop on your trip to San Antonio.
There aren’t many restaurant signs designed to keep the masses away but that’s exactly what “Rudy’s Worst BBQ In Texas” tries to do. And they fail miserably. After traveling to some of the self proclaimed “Best BBQ Joints” in the country, Rudy’s worst is better than the Best’s best. Pulling up to the gas stations that house Rudy’s you will undoubtedly question our suggestion but one bite of anything on the menu and you will understand why Rudy’s is basically a religion around here. Be sure to sample a little bit of everything but don’t forget the “sause”.
For premiere shopping in San Antonio be sure to head to the Shops at La Cantera. The beautiful outdoor shopping and dining experience is perfect this time of year when mild weather is at a premium in South Texas. With tons of shops and restaurants to choose from, it’s easy to lose track of time enjoying the mall.
STAY & GOLF.
Open only a year, the JW Marriot San Antonio is not only the host hotel for the Valero Texas Open, it is also the largest Marriot property in the world. The 1002 rooms and 85 suites are a beautiful blend of Texas Hill Country and contemporary elegance, with every inch of the property total luxury.
While all the restaurants live up to great expectations, the Vegas-inspired High Velocity Sports Bar should not be missed. No matter who you root for, the 120 foot-long high definition video wall makes you feel as you are right in the middle of the action.
Don’t feel like heading down to the Riverwalk? Don’t worry, the JW Marriot San Antonio has built it’s own! The River Bluff Water Experience, a six-acre water park, is one river you will actually want to swim in. Parents try to keep your excitement under control and not push your kids out of the way when you see everything that the JW Marriot has to offer.
If you can tear yourself away from the massive hotel, be sure to book tee times at two championship golf courses located about a nine-iron away, at the TPC San Antonio. The Pete Dye designed AT&T Canyon Course and Greg Norman designed PGA TOUR stop AT&T Oaks Course are the two newest additions to the TPC network.
The Oaks Course that the TOUR Players play may be the first you choose to because, lets face it, everyone wants to play where the pros play. But absolutely do not overlook the fabulously designed Canyon Course. When Jimmy and San Antonio resident and TOUR winner, Cameron Beckman aren’t hard at work prepping for the Texas Open, the Canyon Course is on the top of their list of links to play.
Being a private golf club, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity JW Marriot guests have and play these two awesome tracks.
Party with a purpose? That is exactly what this week’s Fiesta San Antonio is all about. A premier festival in San Antonio with over 100 events and each event is produced by a nonprofit organization. With an economic impact of over $200 million, the funds raised provide services to San Antonio residents throughout the year.
This is the first year Fiesta and the Valero Texas Open dates have coincided. With events ranging from parades and food and wine tasting, to art shows and symphonies, Fiesta is another reason we love San Antonio.
We are so excited to have the TOUR in our town this week and hope you enjoy San Antonio as much as we do. With wind coming from all directions this time of year and the AT&T Oaks Course a rolling, whopping 7,522 yards monster, it’s sure to be an exciting week of tough golf.