SAN ANTONIO – This South Texas town gave Doug McDermott and his family the perfect Christmas present: a hot day.

As the weather improved for a round of golf, McDermott and his father, Greg, and brother, Nick, spent part of the day on Saturday at TPC San Antonio.

“It was good to be out at Christmas,” said the Spurs forward. “We Midwestern people don’t really have that opportunity. “

Golf is huge in the McDermott clan. Greg McDermott, head coach of the Creighton men’s basketball team, is an avid golfer with “probably a handicap of 6,” said Doug.

“(Golf) is really my only hobby outside of basketball,” said Greg McDermott, who coached his son in Creighton, at the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier in an interview in 2005, when he was head coach in Northern Iowa. “It’s very pleasant for me. It’s something that’s a great getaway from some of the things that take place in varsity athletics.

Nick McDermott is a scratch golfer and caddy, who will be on the bag for PGA’s Ryan Moore this season starting at the Sony Open next month in Hawaii.

Doug’s cousin and Greg’s nephew, Evan McDermott, is an outstanding golfer in Spring Lake, Michigan, who is committed to playing college in Nebraska.

“He can beat us all,” said Doug. “He’s a very good player.

Doug, who says he has a handicap of 5 or 6, said there was no casual round of golf for the McDermotts.

“It’s very competitive,” he said. “We kick my brother, and it’s usually a pillow fight between my dad and I to see who can win between the two of us. It’s always a good time. We really appreciate it. It’s something we’ve been doing for a very long time.

Doug said it’s no surprise that many snipers in the NBA are also good at golf.

“I think it’s hand-eye coordination for a shooter,” he said. “Steph Curry is like one of the best golfers in the league, and he’s obviously the best 3-point shooter, so there might be a correlation there.”

Doug said there are aspects of golf that also translate onto the course and vice versa.

“I think the next shot mentality helps somehow,” he said. “When you play golf you have 18 holes and you have a lot of swings so if you hit a bad one you can’t dwell on it too much because you still have a lot of golf to play. “You miss a few moves to start the game, it doesn’t mean the game is over.” You continue to connect for 48 minutes.