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20170208 GOLF PHOTOS PALMVIEW HOLE 07For the second straight year Palm View Golf Course has been named the favorite golf course in the Upper Valley by Winter Texans, tied this time with the 2015-16 winner Los Lagos.

It goes to show that reinvesting in something can bring about positive results.

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS PALMVIEW HOLE 03“The weather has been good and we have had a really good turnout and rounds are up,” said Carlos Espinosa, director of golf at the public course for the City of McAllen. “We are getting more rounds, the weather is good and we are hearing a lot of positive comments about our greens. We've been getting great compliments on our greens and that is very humbling – it always is no matter how many times you hear it.”

The greens of the par-72 course that measures 5,779 yards from its middle tees – but can turn into a lengthy 6,771 yards from the back tees – were resurfaced in Summer 2017 with what Espinosa says is still a Bermuda-style grass but one that is superior to previous grasses and is performing extremely well.

One of the many reasons golfers of all skill levels are attracted to Palm View are the large greens and fairways. That doesn't mean it’s a simple course, however. Challenges abound and golfers can test their skills by cutting off corners or going over trees to shorten the length to a hole, or they can play it safe.

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS PALMVIEW HOLE 17Espinosa went on a quest two years ago. Instead of waiting for Winter Texans to come to him, he went out to see them and find out what the course could do to better serve them “I got to know the customer better and identify what they wanted and implemented a program that would benefit them and us.”

The course has gone through major renovations over the years but now is finally taking a break. While the course may be undergoing a little time off, it doesn’t mean that Espinosa or his staff are doing the same.

“Hard work never ends and we owe it to those who come here and play here and expect a certain level of quality,” Espinosa said. “Hard work never ends when you want to keep people happy and want to keep the course in shape. It’s all about improving – the course, the staff, and myself.”

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