Ask Travelin' Joe

Saturday August 18th, 2007
The 415-yard, par 4 12th hole at La Cantera's Resort Course.
Mike Klemme

If you need travel directions, zip him an e-mail at askjoe@golf.com.

Dear Joe,
I'm planning a trip to San Antonio in September. Any must-play courses in town? — Fred McHargue, Lincoln, Neb.

Start with La Cantera's Resort Course (210-558-4653, lacanteragolfclub.com; $119-$140), where the PGA Tour stops in the fall for the Valero Texas Open. This 12-year-old Weiskopf-Morrish design is renowned for its par-4 seventh, which overlooks a roller-coaster ride at an adjacent amusement park. La Cantera's Palmer Course (210-558-4653) may be even better. Check out Pecan Valley (210-333-9018, pecanvalleygc.com; $29-$54),where Julius Boros edged Arnold Palmer to win the 1968 PGA Championship. Finally, The Quarry (210-824-4500, quarrygolf.com; $45-$90) features a back nine that plays into a 100-year-old quarry pit. And don't forget the Alamo!

Dear Joe,
I'm going to the Fresno, Calif., area and up slightly north to Fish Camp and Yosemite. What can you tell me about my golf options there? — John Puffer, Wilbraham, Mass.

The oldest course in the Sierra Nevadas is Yosemite's Wawona (209-375-6572, yosemitepark.com; $24-$42), a 3,050- yard, par-35 nineholer that dates to 1918. But first visit Brighton Crest (559- 325-8900, brightoncrest.com; $40-$55) in Friant, a Johnny Miller design that's between downtown Fresno and Yosemite.

WHAT'S NEW THIS MONTH?

Bedford Springs Resort (Old Course)
Bedford, Pa.

Greens fees: $105-$135
For tee times, call 814-623-8100
or visit bedfordspringsresort.com

If you love to tee it up on the classics, you'll love Bedford Springs. Tucked away in bucolic Bedford, 90 minutes east of Pittsburgh, the Old Course is a living museum piece for fans of Golden Age architecture. Re-opened in July after a two-year restoration by Ron Forse, the course incorporates the original 1895 stylings of Spencer Oldham, as well as A.W. Tillinghast's 1912 renovation and Donald Ross' 1923 remake. While Forse "followed the footprint of the 1923 course," he left intact vestiges of both Oldham and Tillinghast's work, notably the watery downhill par-3 14th, a hole called "Tiny Tim" that Tilly employed on dozens of subsequent designs.

Its hilly opening and closing stretches pair with Shober's Run, a trout stream visible on 12 holes, to render this 6,795-yard, par-72 track sufficiently testing for the modern game — but purists just might be tempted to haul out the hickories.

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