Ask Travelin' Joe

Ask Travelin’ Joe

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 [email protected].

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,; $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,; $29-$54),where Julius Boros edged Arnold Palmer to win the 1968 PGA Championship. Finally, The
(210-824-4500,; $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
$24-$42), a 3,050-
yard, par-35 nineholer
that dates to
1918. But first visit
Brighton Crest (559-
325-8900,; $40-$55) in
Friant, a Johnny Miller
design that’s between
downtown Fresno
and Yosemite.


Bedford Springs Resort (Old Course)
Bedford, Pa.

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

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.