This prestigious event is just 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio and the airport. The course is found at the JW Marriott San Antonio Resort and Spa. The resort can be found nestled in Texas Hill Country near Cibolo Canyon. It is filled with towering oak and cedar trees and crystal clear streams.

The Course

The course was designed by PGA legend Greg Norman and consultant Sergio Garcia. It has expansive grasses and mounding areas for spectator viewing. Here are few of the key features of the course:

  • Traditional design that balances narrower tree-lined fairways with wider fairways offering multiple routes (i.e., strategic options) to the green
  • Intimate design with narrow corridors carved through oak trees
  • Only 100 feet of fall from the high point of the course to the lowest
  • Bunkering will reflect a natural, rugged “minimalist” with edges emulating the canopy of the native oak trees
  • Native grasses and plant are prevalent throughout the course
  • Par-72, 7,435 yard course, with forced carries on only two holes
  • Downhill holes play into the prevailing wind, uphill holes play downwind
    Bermuda grasses were specially selected for this course to provide optimum playing conditions, diversity in color and texture and environmental sensitivity. Putting Greens are Champions Bermuda. Fairways are Tifsport Bermuda. Roughs are Bandera Bermuda. Collars, Approaches and Tee Tops are Emerald Bermuda. Outer Corridors are Native Texas grasses.

Good Bets for the 2017 Valero Texas Open

Given the less-than-stellar field and the last five Valero winners have all been in their 30s, this is a wide open field. Let’s look at some of the good bets for this event.

Charley Hoffman knows this course very well as he hasn’t been worse than T-13 in seven starts here since 2010. He is the current champion after winning this event last year.He has been playing very well recently as he almost won at Bay Hill and had a good week at the Masters. He is my pick at 18/1 odds.

Charley Hoffman Valero Texas Open

Also, Branden Grace is a good value at the Valero. He likes the course and has always played well on it. He was 11th at Harbour Town and is a good 25-1 to win. Also a factor is Brendan Steele who is leading the PGA tour with 16 consecutive cuts made. He won this event in 2011 and was 8th in 2015 and 13th a year ago. He is 22-1 odds to win.

We have a few more good value/sleepers for you at the Valero Texas Open. Let’s start with Martin Laird at 55-1 as he won here in 2013 and has four top 10 finishes this season. Also under consideration is Luke Donald at 33-1 and Adam Hadwin with 28-1 odds. Both these golfers have been around the top finishes all season.

Odds to Win the Valero Texas Open 2017

Charley Hoffman +1800
Matt Kuchar +1800
Brendan Steele +2200
Brooks Koepka +2200
Kevin Chappell +2200
Ryan Moore +2200
Branden Grace +2500
Jimmy Walker +2500
Adam Hadwin +2800
Billy Horschel +2800
Ollie Schniederjans +2800
Patrick Reed +2800
Ryan Palmer +2800
Tony Finau +2800
Luke Donald +3300
Luke List +4000
Zach Johnson +4500
Byeonghun AN +5000
J J Spaun  +5000
Keegan Bradley +5000
Daniel Summerhays +5500
Harold Varner III +5500
Jhonattan Vegas +5500
Martin Laird +5500
Sung Kang +5500
Graeme McDowell +6600
Anirban Lahiri +7000
Chris Kirk +7000
Ian Poulter +7000
Bryson Dechambeau +8000
Bud Cauley +8000
Jamie Lovemark +8000
Soren Kjeldsen +8000
Cameron Smith +9000
Danny Lee +9000
Jason Kokrak +9000
Scott Piercy +9000
JT Poston +10000
Kevin Streelman +10000
Nick Watney +10000
Sam Saunders +10000
Stewart Cink +10000