Utopia Golf

20567 FM 187
Utopia, TX 78884




The Links of Utopia is a non-profit organization named for the golf course found in the book and major motion picture Seven Days In Utopia: Golf's Sacred Journey. It encompasses the mission of the founder, Dr. David Cook, and his 40+ year sacred journey. The Links of Utopia exists to call out, encourage and equip those beginning or continuing on their own sacred journey. The organization includes Dr. Cook, a support staff, and an army of volunteers (Johnnies) who are using the book(s) to impact the life of another.


It's the setting for the book and movie, Seven Days In Utopia, and now the sequel, Johnny's U.S. Open, by Dr. David L. Cook. It's a place where your life and golf can be transformed - where you can journey from success to significance. You will find truth, encouragement and an opportunity to use your influence here.


The Links of Utopia setting for the book and movie, Seven Days In Utopia: Golf's Sacred Journey, is a blend of fact and fiction. There really is a Utopia, Texas (find it with your GPS at 29.616402N, 99.526623W), and there is a 9-hole golf course. 

Johnny is fictional. The real Golf Utopia is owned by Lou Waters and managed by his son-in-law Robert Sullivan. It opened in 2001 and includes several water hazards and only one bunker. Fifty of the 400 local residents are members of Golf Utopia. 

And there is a cemetery adjacent to the golf course. The Waresville Cemetery is named for Captain William Ware who first settled the area in 1852. Among others, his daughter Sarah Ware Kincheloe is buried there. She was killed when she stood between her children and attacking Lipan Apaches in 1866 and took 17 arrows in her body. 

The population of Utopia has fluctuated with drought and economic cycles, but in 2010 it stood at 227. Home also to giant cypress, oak, cedar and "lost maples," Utopia is located in the Sabinal Canyon on the Sabinal River about 80 miles WNW from San Antonio. Utopia grew out of the Waresville settlement and was nearly named "Montana" in 1884. However, another Texan town had that name, so residents reconsidered. Good thing too. Can you imagine, "Links of Montana"?!

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