AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 2
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AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 2
The par-5 second hole at AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio features an elevated double green shared with the par-3 seventh. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 7
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AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 7
The seventh at AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio is a par 3 with a deep green that wraps around a bunker an connects with the second green (in the background). Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 8
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AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 8
The par-5 eighth at AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio heads gently uphill and is one of the prettier approach shots on the course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 13
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AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 13
The par-3 13th at AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio can play as the longest on the property if set up that way at more than 240 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- Clubhouse
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AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- Clubhouse
TPC San Antonio's clubhouse is walking distance from the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 17
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AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 17
One of many great risk-reward holes down the stretch at AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio: The par-4 17th hole is drivable off the tee for longer hitters in the right wind. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 13
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AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 13
Hill Country gunch and thorny plants await in the rough on AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 16
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AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 16
The par-3 16th hole, with a bunker in the middle of the two-tiered green, has become an icon of the TPC San Antonio. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Tour the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, home of the Valero Texas Open
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Tour the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, home of the Valero Texas Open
The 1,001-room JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort is in view from many spots on the AT&T Oaks Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 12
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AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 12
AT&T Oaks' 12th hole, despite being one of the shorter par 4s on the course, has a vicious approach shot to a small, elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 1
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AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio -- No. 1
The first hole on the AT&T Oaks Course is a relatively benign opening par 4 but still has a challenging approach shot. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks Course - hole 18
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TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks Course - hole 18
The risk-reward, par-5 18th at AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio plays uphill to a fairway dissected by a creek. Courtesy of TPC San Antonio
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Tour the AT&T Oaks golf course at TPC San Antonio, home of the Valero Texas Open

Host of the Valero Texas Open, the AT&T Oaks at TPC San Antonio has earned a reputation as one of the PGA Tour's toughest courses since it became the venue in 2010.

The course, designed by Greg Norman with player consultant Sergio Garcia, features a challenging layout that meanders through Texas Hill Country oaks north of San Antonio. While the design is certainly exciting for spectators, it's a more natural look compared to the more stadium-style TPC designs like TPC Sawgrass and TPC Scottsdale. It can play more than 7,400 yards, no small feat in itself, not to mention when the winds are gusting in Texas as they often do, there are five sets of tees that play up towards 5,000 yards.

For the average member or resort guest playing the Oaks, the fairways are relatively generous, though it's the approach shots that are the real challenge here. Greens are firm, fast, often elevated and well-protected by bunkers and run-off areas. Finding deep traps also results in a matter of damage control, while navigating out of the many green-side swales and dips around the green will require a bit of deftness and ingenuity.

Brandon Tucker played the course just weeks before the 2015 Valero Texas Open and shares these photos. You can also read his full, five-star review of the course here.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.

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