LAJITAS, Texas -- Black Jack's Crossing Golf Club—the bold and beautiful resort golf course abutting Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas—is being noticed. Even though it's not exactly around the corner from anywhere.
Golfweek magazine has just named Black Jack's the "Best New Course in Texas." And since opening in 2012, the course also has been named the number-four "Best Place To Play in Texas" by the Dallas Morning News and the number-seven "Best Course To Play in Texas" also by Golfweek.
Located at Lajitas, a 27,000-acre resort along the Rio Grande, Black Jack's Crossing was designed by golf superstar Lanny Wadkins, winner of the 1977 PGA Championship, eight-time member of the US Ryder Cup team (as well as captain of the team in 1995), and inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Wadkins worked with well-respected architect Paul Cowley, who was Senior Design Associate for Love Golf Design and is helping build Tiger Woods' new course in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Named for General John "Black Jack" Pershing—who lead the 8th US Calvary across the Rio Grande near Lajitas while chasing Pancho Villa in 1916—Black Jack's Crossing takes advantage of both the natural beauty and rugged surroundings of the rugged Texas Badlands 400 miles west of San Antonio. Playing through the Rio Grande River plateau and presenting awe-inspiring views of the Big Bend Mountains, the course winds through hills and canyons, over cliffs and high-plains desert, and challenges golfers with elevated tees, steeply sloping lies, and strategically located bunkers.
A choice of four tees allows the course to stretch as long as 7,413 yards (at sea level!) and down to 5,442. Par is 72. There's also a complete practice facility with putting green and chipping area. A nine-hole executive course will open soon.
Expertly maintained, the Platinum Paspalum grass is always lush, so the vibrant green hues of the fairways and putting surfaces glisten in stark contrast to the black buttes and mesas in the distance. The course is nothing less than an oasis in the Texas Desert.
Well-known Texas businessmen Kelcy Warren and John McReynolds own Lajitas Resort, which is operated by WSB Resorts and Clubs, LLC.
Tee times can be booked online at www.LajitasGolfResort.com. Rates for guests of the Lajitas Resort include a golf cart with GPS, use of the practice range, and bottled water.
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