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20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Brownsville Golf Center 1st Tee Winter TexansThere was a time when golfers complained about the deterioration of the Brownsville Golf Center golf course. Of course, when is there a time when golfers don’t complain – too much wind, not enough wind, unlevel playing surfaces, the hole was too small, they were robbed... the list goes on and on.

Those times are long gone, according to city officials, as the city has reinvested into the course, making major improvements – and the response has been extremely positive.

The Brownsville Golf Center opened in 1971 and was designed by Donald Sechrest. It measures 6,144 yards from the longest tees and went through a renovation in 1999, when the City of Brownsville took over management of the operation. The course boasts a tropical landscape with challenging holes that features Bermuda grass and wide open fairways. While that may sound easy, water hazards come into play on nearly every hole.

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Brownsville Golf Center Practice Green 2The front nine is a par-34 with three par 3s, one par 5 and 5 par 4s. It’s a short nine holes, ranging from 2,306 yards to 2,765 yards with three tee boxes. Also adding to the challenge are raised greens, water on nine holes and 10 grass bunkers. The No. 3 450-yard, par 4 will take a tee shot that will need to carry water and not fly off the path into the trees left and right, which pinch this fairway. Oh, and there’s water down the entire left side of the fairway.

Number four has water down the entire left side of the 340-yard, par 4, plus a tough approach to the green thanks to water cutting into the left side of the fairway in front of the green and some trees that can block the shot if you come in too far on the left.

The back nine is longer, a par 36 that measures 2,785 to 3,379 yards and has water on nine holes. The fairways are longer and the greens are a little harder.

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Brownsville Golf Center Tournament ReceptionThe par 4, No. 16 is a challenging 403-yard hole with a tight fairway thanks to out of bounds marked on the left side and water on the right along the first half of the fairway before it dog legs left and makes a tough approach to a raised green with water on the left and right side.

The finishing hole – No. 18 – is a 601-yard, par 5 from the tip, but it’s not just a grip-it-and-rip-it hole. It doglegs left and to make it more challenging there’s water close to the green on the right side.

The course’s layout, despite prior conditions, was worth the trip. Now, with the course being in the best shape it has been in past years, it’s even more appealing to golfers of any level.

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