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20170208 GOLF PHOTOS LIV AD PICLong Island Village makes its first appearance as a Winter Texan favorite this year, finishing second between two perennial favorites – River Bend and South Padre Island courses.

The news took Garry Stebbins, golf committee chairman, by pleasant surprise.

“That is fantastic,” he said. “We don't get too much press, but we have a wonderful golf course.”

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS LIV Golf Course PicThe course is an 18-hole par-3 course located in Port Isabel just across the Intracoastal Waterway. Hole distances range from 50 yards to 140 yards. But that 140 yards can feel like 170 or more since golfers are hitting into the wind.

Even No. 12 at only 50 yards can be a challenge with all 50 yards being over water. The course has water on 75 percent of the holes, including the signature hole, the 110-yard No. 8. Water follows the fairway along the right side and the green is tucked away behind it at the end.

“You need some accurate shots out here,” Stebbins said. “The good thing is that you can be done with a round in two hours or less because it's a par-3.”

The course is open to the public and has special, like times when golfers pay one green fee and can play the entire day.

The village, which is home to Winter Texans and locals alike has a population of a little more than 1,000 residents. Stebbins said about 25 percent of the people play golf at least some of the time.

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS LIV Golf Course Picture2“The public is invited. All they have to do is stop at the gate and let security know they are playing golf and they'll let you through,” said Stebbins, who moved to the Long Island Village with his wife 10 years ago from Indiana. “We have our Village Grill restaurant adjacent to the parking lot and it's really a nice course.”

But don't think it's too easy though. One resident, also a write, wrote in a golf journal that it was the toughest golf course to play.

Long Island Village is located 33840 South Garcia in Port Isabel. The pro shop number is (956) 943-7520.

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