2016 was a wonderful year of growth, new amenities and well supported tournaments and events at Spanish Oaks Golf Club.  An early spring guaranteed plenty of golfers ready to leave winter temperatures behind. We kicked off the golf year with a quirky event “Superintendent’s Revenge” where the Golf Course Superintendent and his crew set up the course with diabolical challenges on every hole. Golfers tested their game with the golf course at its absolute most challenging. Each Wednesday morning, (later in the year we switch to Tuesday evenings to beat the heat) Spanish Oaks offers a Ladies Golf Clinic designed to introduce the basics to rookie ladies and build on the existing skills of intermediate players. Throughout the year golfers participated in complimentary instruction and tech days, couples mixers, a variety of schools and clinics, product demo days and so much more. The cream of the Club players participated in the 2016 Club Championship in September – fine play from all categories provided us with new winners.

Club Champions Jim Lay, Patrick and Anne Datz, Charles Hooker and Jennifer Salle

There was plenty to do for our Junior Golfers with Junior Golf Expos, Glow Ball game nights, clinics and Junior Fundamental Golf Camps. Christy Longfield, our Director of Instruction was busy from morning to dusk with young golfers taking to the links.

Easter weekend was a double celebration at the Club with our Family Picnic taking place in our beautiful Pecan Grove Park on Saturday.  The Easter Bunny joined us for plenty of family fun including our famous Easter Egg Hunt, petting zoo and family entertainment. Chef Matthew organized the personalized, delicious picnics made to order. On Easter Sunday the culinary team went into high gear producing our magnificent Grand Easter Brunch.  Members enjoyed innovative, lavish and seasonal cuisine in the Clubhouse decorated for springtime.

The Speer Family enjoying the Easter Picnic

By early April, the golf course was ready to show itself off! Teams of Members and their guests enjoyed a day of golf, competition and camaraderie followed by awards and our Taste of Texas Barbecue. The lady golfers followed suit with our fabulous “Honey Bee Classic”. This year’s event did not disappoint with exceptional golf course conditions and competitive golfers. Chef Matthew was there with a splendid themed luncheon to complete the festivities.

The absolute highlight of the Spanish Oaks Golf Club year was “The Gauntlet” our Men’s Member Guest. Three intense days of golf, food, libations and parties culminated in a Cajun themed awards evening replete with Zydeco music, live alligators and snakes and terrific food. The weather provided some challenges, but the end result provided many happy memories for Members and their guests.

Gauntlet party goers, Dick and Ellen Steiner get friendly with a yellow python

2016 was a year of Golf Course improvements at Spanish Oaks. The short game facility was renovated and greatly expanded to include two 5,000 square foot greens, all new pitching, chipping and bunker options. We now consider our facility a world-class short game facility and a magnificent addition to our overall practice grounds. All the golf course bunkers were renovated to include reshaping, the latest technology in porous cement liners and a beautiful mix of crushed marble and sand to complete the transformation. Finally, the back driving range received a massive renewal expanding the practice area to well over 100,000 square feet.

Spanish Oaks was honored to host the Texas State Mid-Am Tournament in September. This fine amateur competition draws a field of top notch players from around the state including eight of our own Club Members who qualified to play in this prestigious event. The players praised the Club and Golf Course throughout the week and many hope to return.

There was no shortage of innovative and high quality culinary events throughout the year during which Chef Matthew Schaefer and his talented team showcased their culinary skills. Mother’s Day Brunch, Father’s Day Barbecue, Sushi Night, Chili Cook Off, Halloween Party, Thanksgiving Feasts, Harvest Dinner, Ladies Casino Party and very many more delighted our Members, their children and guests.

“The Golden Girls” enjoying the Holiday Red Ball

The Krothe Children visit with Santa

No Spanish Oaks year would be complete without our Holiday Red Ball where just about anything should be expected. Teams of players dressed the part, facing a different and unusual challenge on every hole. Of course, Santa did not forget to visit Spanish Oaks and our youngest Members were happy to whisper their secret hopes.