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San Antonio Texas Golf Vacations are the Perfect Golf Package Choice for Golfers
by Charles Winston

There are many locations for Texas golf vacations at various prices to fit everybody's budget. One of these golf destinations is San Antonio. With its great weather conditions all year round, it can be the perfect place for you to enjoy golfing holidays. Along with its great courses, there are also plenty of choices for accommodations, exciting activities and entertainment, wonderful restaurants, excellent shopping, and a bustling nightlife.

When you book a Texas golf vacation package in San Antonio you are certain to find a course to suit any style of play and any skill level. You will find layouts with spectacular elevation variations, breathtaking views, stunning scenery, superb conditions, blind shots, water features, force carries, sharp soft sand and extremely distinctive holes. Some of best golf courses in Texas can be found in San Antonio.

Your package will offer a wide-variety of San Antonio accommodations for your lodging options and the majority of these are located within just twenty minutes of many of the courses. Keep an eye on the downtown area as it boasts a great deal of hotel options with varying prices.

If you are thinking of a Stay and Play golf vacation deal, The La Cantera Resort boasts some of the best golf courses in Texas with features like extensive forgiving fairways, stunning scenery, spectacular views, limestone rock cropping, natural water features, impressive live oak trees, significant elevation changes, great greens and more.

With so many different destinations in the Lone Star state to visit, play golf and enjoy a great trip, it can be hard to make a decision on where to book a golf package. But if you do choose San Antonio [http://www.perfectgolfvacations.com/san-antonio-golf-vacations.html] as your destination for your Texas golf vacation [http://www.perfectgolfvacations.com/texas-golf-vacations.html], you will surely be happy with your decision.

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Books about Golf Vacations in Texas

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Links to the Past: The Hidden History on Texas Golf Courses (Swaim-Paup Sports Series, sponsored by James C. '74 & Debra Parchman Swaim and T. Edgar '74 & Nancy Paup)

By Dan K. Utley

Texas A&M University Press
Released: 2018-08-15
Hardcover (288 pages)

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As they tee up, make their approach shots, or line up their putts, few Texan golfers likely realize that the familiar landscapes of tee boxes, fairways, and greens can obscure stories from the past that played out on those same grounds. Such little-known links to the past include prehistoric campsites, a Spanish presidio, and a prairie where the Rough Riders trained, as well as courses constructed by New Deal agencies in the Great Depression or military personnel in times of war.

Links to the Past: The Hidden History on Texas Golf Courses takes readers on a tour of eighteen Texas golf courses with surprising connections to history. On the “front nine,” points of interest include encounters with dinosaur fossils near Austin, a Comanche raid on a Spanish frontier presidio near Menard, and a battle between Anglo buffalo hunters and Native Americans near Lubbock. The “back nine” explores reminders of the East Texas lumber industry near Diboll, a training ground for the Rough Riders outside downtown San Antonio, and a race riot near Houston in 1917, to name a few. In addition, Dan K. Utley with Stanley O' Graves provide full histories fo the courses themselves, detailing their design and evolution and explaining how they came to be constructed at these historically significant sites.

Fun, compelling, and enlightening, this book is a reminder that history has occurred all around us, not just in historic districts, state parks, or even where official state markers might be found. Featuring “scorecards” for each course that include location, historical facts, and a “signature hole of history,” as well as historical and contemporary photographs and informative sidebars, Links to the Past is sure to entertain. Golfers, history buffs, and heritage tourists will want to toss this handy and engaging book in the front seat of the car—or zip it into the side pocket of their golf bags.

Grown at Glen Garden: Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, and the Little Texas Golf Course that Propelled Them to Stardom

By Jeff Miller

Skyhorse Publishing
Hardcover (272 pages)

Grown at Glen Garden: Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, and the Little Texas Golf Course that Propelled Them to Stardom
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In Grown at Glen Garden, the early friendship of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson is shown, from their caddying days at Glen Garden Country Club to their chummy rivalry at the Masters decades later. With a peek at their family backgrounds, the story shows both the hardships and joys of growing up and learning to golf in Fort Worth, Texas, in the 1920s.

The two golf pros were not alike in personality; Hogan was always a quiet and private person, whereas Nelson had a reputation for being very friendly and open. Hogan and Nelson grew close due to their shared passion for golf, their later professional careers, and the friendship between their wives, Valerie Hogan and Louise Nelson. Today, Hogan leaves behind a legacy as the greatest known ball striker and the second player to win all four of the major golf championships, and Byron Nelson is known for his gentlemanly conduct (leading to the nickname “Lord Byron”) and an unbeaten eleven-tournament streak with eighteen total wins in 1945.

Follow these golfing stars from their early days in the sport to their successful pro careers, and meet the people behind the legends.

Links, Lore, Legends: The Story of Texas Golf

By Art Stricklin

Brand: Taylor Trade Publishing
Hardcover (192 pages)

Links, Lore, Legends: The Story of Texas Golf
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Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, Dave Marr, Ben Crenshaw, Lanny Wadkins, Sandra Haynie, Rick Beem―names known to golfers everywhere―populate Texas golf history. This book chronicles the development of golf in Texas decade by decade focusing on highlighted events, players, pros, teachers, courses, and tournaments. It includes "10 Historic Events You Don't Know About."

Texas Golf Legends

By Curt Sampson

Brand: Texas Tech University Press
Hardcover (152 pages)

Texas Golf Legends
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Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Ben Crenshaw, Judy Rankin, Tom Kite, Fred Cobb, Harvey Penick, Babe Zaharias, Lee Trevino . . . the list of Texas golf legends reads like the leader board of an imaginary Twentieth-Century Golf Greats Invitational.The Lone Star State has spawned more than its share of golf heroes, and fifty of the best are featured in this collection of portraits and interviews. Milosevich deftly illustrates each golfer with compelling head-and-shoulder portraits and action views. Sampson's brief vignettes of the golfers capture the dramatic incidents and illuminating details that help make each person a legend on and off the links.BEN CRENSHAWNineteen eighty-six Buick Open, thirteenth hole, final round. Again Crenshaw is fighting to hold a one-shot lead, but he hits a wild four-iron second shot on this par five that stops against the trunk of a tree. He has no shot—or does he?"My only shot was with a nine iron, upside down—left handed" says Crenshaw. He hits the damnedest pressure shot anyone has ever seen: from forty yards and between trees, Crenshaw's left-handed hack stops four feet from the hole. He makes the birdie putt, of course, and wins the tournament. LEE TREVINOOn the first tee, a laughing Trevino held up a rubber snake he kept in his golf bag. The gallery laughed too, feeling the same release from the drama and tension of the moment that Trevino did. Nicklaus sat quietly, at the back of the tee on a spectator's chair while his mugging opponent dangled the toy reptile at the end of the club. Nicklaus joined in the merriment—he asked to see the fake snake, then flung it back to Trevino—but his smile seemed forced.Trevino won the playoff [with Nicklaus], sixty-eight to seventy-one, for his second US Open title. Three weeks later he won the Canadian Open and the week after that, the British Open. No one else has ever held these three national titles simultaneously.TOM KITEWhat would Kite hit? Surely he would play away from the water, with a two or three iron. Perhaps he would gamble and hit a three wood. He looked at his caddy, Mike Carrick. "What do you think about a driver?" he said. The color drained from Carrick's face.Wind billowed the legs of Kite's grey pants as he got set to hit. "It's a driver!" whispered the television announcer.He nailed it...."Best swing I made all day," said Kite to no one in particular as he walked off the tee.HARVEY PENICKDave Marr calls him "one of God's people." He is indeed a gentle man, this patriarch of Texas golf, but he is also humorous and sly. "'I'd like you to meet Mr. Ammanex," Penick says, as a confused-looking member introduces himself as Roane Puett. Ammanex? "Well, whenever I see you, you say, 'Am I next?"' explains Penick. HOW ARE YOU TODAY, MR. PENICK? asks another member, loudly compensating for the old gentleman's hearing loss. "I'm Mister Penick's son Harvey," he deadpans, not answering the question."BABE" ZAHARIAS"I remember playing in one of those first tournaments with Babe, and I was nervous," recalls Marilynn Smith. "So Babe put her arm around me on the first tee and said in a loud voice, I always like playing golf with you Smitty. You really bring out the crowds." The gallery laughed, of course. They were there to see the Babe. But the humor relieved Smith's tension and made her a Zaharias fan for life.When he's not out on the golf course trying to improve his five handicap, Paul Milosevich is in front of an easel sketching, drawing, or painting. A thirty-year retrospective of his work, Out of the Ordinary, was published in 1991 by Texas Tech University Press.Curt Sampson was "broke and disgusted" at the end of a four-year stint as a club and touring pro. So he traded in the trials and tribulations of a golf pro for the woes of a writer, thankful that he can stay close to the game he loves. He is a frequent contributor to national golf magazines and the author of The Eternal Summer.Each collector's edition is prefaced wi

Harvey Penick's Little Red Book: Lessons And Teachings From A Lifetime In Golf

By Harvey Penick

Golf Gifts & Gallery
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Red Hardcover (208 pages)

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The twentieth anniversary edition of this classic work—the bestselling golf instruction book of all time and hailed as “the golfer's equivalent of The Elements of Style” (The New York Times)—includes a new introduction by a prominent golfer, twenty new illustrations, and never-before-published materials from the Penick family archives.

The most beloved golf book of all time, Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book has become required reading for all players and fans of the game, from beginners to seasoned pros.

The legendary Harvey Penick, whom Sports Illustrated called the “Socrates of the golf world,” began his golfing career as a caddie in Austin, Texas, at the age of eight, and over the course of nearly a century worked with an amazing array of champions. In this classic book, which is named for the red notebook he always kept, Penick’s simple, direct, practical wisdom pares away the hypertechnical jargon that’s grown up around the golf swing, and lets all golfers, whatever their level, play their best.

This twentieth-anniversary edition features a treasure trove of rare images from the Penick family archives, commemorates Penick’s lasting achievement with a moving new foreword by 2012 Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III—whose father learned the game under Penick’s tutelage—and reminds golfers everywhere to “take dead aim.”

Texas Golf: The Best in the Lone Star State

By Kevin Newberry

Brand: Gulf Publishing
Hardcover (500 pages)

Texas Golf: The Best in the Lone Star State
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More than 800 copies have benn woven through the varied terrains of Texas. Every course is presented and accounted for in Texas Golf with spectacular color photos, course histories, descriptions, and pertinent playing information. Special sections dedicated to Texas golf legends, golf history, tournaments, and showdowns.

Spectacular Golf (an exclusive collection of great golf holes in Texas)

By Brian Carabet

Brand: Panache Partners, LLC
Hardcover (204 pages)

Spectacular Golf (an exclusive collection of great golf holes in Texas)
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This fascinating guide explores some of the most interesting, challenging, historic and scenic golf holes in the Lone Star State.

When Golf Was Fun

By Pat Wheeler

Austin Brothers Publishers
Released: 2012-08-08
Kindle Edition (218 pages)

When Golf Was Fun
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“When Golf was Fun” is a collection of tales from what is known as the “beer and barbecue circuit” of golf tournaments. These tournaments held in small town all across the state of Texas were not only the beginning of the careers of many great golfers but also produced some local legends. It was a time when golf was still a game, not a big business.
This collection of 38 stories will entertain and amaze as you read first-hand accounts of some of the greatest exploits in the history of golf. You will read about local golf pros who are unknown outside of their local country club and you will also read about legends like Ben Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke, Charles Coody, Miller Barber, Ben Hogan and others. Texas has a very rich golf history and much of it is captured in “When Golf was Fun.”
The late, great beer and barbecue circuit was a bygone era of Texas golf in which many Lone Star legends were born and raised but has since given way to the more civilized and organized golf industry we know today. Much like baseball’s barnstorming days, the barbecue circuit was a series of unaffiliated events that brought an extremely high level of golf and excitement to tiny towns like Center and Athens; Quanah and Pampa—places you might otherwise never have known even existed.

Better Faster: The Modern Golfer's Blueprint for Getting More from Less

By Corey Lundberg

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (140 pages)

Better Faster: The Modern Golfer s Blueprint for Getting More from Less
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Every player wants to get better at the range and take that improvement to the course. But how do you actually shoot lower scores? In Better Faster, two of the game's top young coaches will show you the step-by-step process they have used to help the best players in the world get the most out of their practice—and build on-course scoring skills. Whether you have an hour a day or an hour a week, Better Faster will help you assess your own game and build a personalized improvement blueprint. You'll know what to practice and when, and do it using the same cutting edge practice tasks used by major champions. You'll never practice the same way again.

Corey Lundberg and Matt Wilson have built a devoted following both in their roles as golf coaches in Texas, California and Canada and at their blog, CuriousCoaches.com. Lundberg is COO and High Performance Coach at Altus Performance in Dallas, while Wilson is the Director of Next Generation Performance for Golf Canada in Toronto. At CuriousCoaches.com, they share research and insight into the worlds of coaching and golf science.
Praise for Better Faster:

“Better, Faster has ideas you can incorporate into your practice routine immediately, and you’ll finally see some carryover from what you learn how to do and what you actually do when you play.”—Cameron McCormick, 2015 PGA National Teacher of the Year

“Corey and Matt represent the brightest of young minds in the coaching business. They understand that effective learning leads to effective performance. If you want to make the time you invest count, Better Faster is a book for you.”—James Sieckmann, PGA Tour Coach and Short Game Guru

“Corey and Matt have taken the most advanced research in motor learning and translated into real, concrete practice plans spoken in the language of the golfer.”—Dr. Tim Lee, Professor Emeritus at McMaster University and co-author of Motor Learning and Performance

“Corey and Matt have shown the courage to do things differently if it’s good for the golfer and good for the game.” —Golf Digest 50 Best Teachers Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott

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