Getting To Know: Black Jack's Crossing Golf Club...at Lajitas
An Insightful Interview With Terry Clark, Marketing and Membership Sales
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Terry Clark who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Words can't come close to describing Black Jack's Crossing and pictures don't do it justice - you just need to experience it. And it is well worth doing whatever it takes to find your way to Lajitas to play this unique course. Black Jack's Crossing is a Lanny Wadkin's design and was named after General Black Jack Pershing who chased Pancho Villa through the west and across the Rio Grande. The original 18 holes opened in 2006 to rave reviews but the course was devastated by a 100 year flood that ruined most of the holes. Lanny Wadkins and his crew spend over a year building a new masterpiece and he states: "Some of these tee shots, you just go, "Wow!" and on hole four, it's "Holy smokes."' Then five is better than four and six is better than five, and it just keeps going."
In addition to the elevation changes and majestic views, what makes playing Black Jack's Crossing fun is no two holes are same and every hole will throw something at you to test your game. You'll need to manage huge elevation changes, forced carries, strategically placed bunkers, narrow fairways, water, deep arroyos, rolling fairways and uneven lies, tough approach shots, dog legs and blind shots.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
You may want to leave the big dog in the bag unless you are deadly accurate and also consider moving up a set of tee boxes - this course is a killer from the tips!
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Rated #1 Best New Course in the State of Texas by Texas Outside.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
#8 has a dramatically elevated tee box with a stunning view of the Rio Grande, desert, mountains, and deep into Mexico and will temp you to try a blind shot over a large hill to cut the dog leg right
The 406 yard #14 also gets a Wow for the view and tough carry to a challenging green
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
#8 - Don't let the elevation scare you - hit it down the middle.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Lajitas' Signature Bread Pudding ala mode!
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Lanny Wadkins - 72 from the Tips
Black Jack's Crossing Golf Club...at Lajitas
Lajitas, TX, 79852
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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