The weather is great for a round of golf. It pretty much is nearly all year in South Texas. Therefore, we come to you to ask you what your favorite golf course, amenities, golf hole and more are each year.
This is our second week of coverage, please look at last week’s issue, and again next issue. This week’s coverage starts on page 14.
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Alamo Country Club
Peaceful and serene, this course was once considered a hidden gem. It is still a gem, but it is definitely not hidden. Boasting some of the tightest fairways and strategically placed traps, ACC is a dreamy course that will jump up and bite you when you least expect it. It’s a thinking golfer’s course, which means you’re probably better off bringing just a long iron, a pitching wedge and a putter – just so you don’t have to think too much.
You need to be accurate on this scenic and fun-to-play course.
Address: 438 Country Club Dr., Alamo
Phone: (956) 787-0907
Description: 9-hole, par-35 semi-private course
Golf Pro: Monte Medley, General Manager
Yardage: Back tees – 2,332; Forward tees – 1,584 yards
Amenities: Pro shop, chipping range, driving range
Winter Texan Specials: Call for specials
The Club at Cimarron
Under new ownership, Cimarron is making changes to improve an already great course. They are currently filling in sand traps and are hoping to bring in a new fleet of golf carts soon.
Wide open and long, Cimarron will challenge you on every single hole, either by length or by making sure you prepare for your second shot widely before even hitting your first shot. No. 18 is a beautiful hole that offers golfers to show how long they can hit both their drive and second shot. Even if you clear the water on the second shot, you face a green that will either reward you for your bravery or make you walk off it thinking… what if?
Address: 1200 S. Shary Road, Mission
Phone: (956) 581-7401
Description: 18-hole, par-72
Golf Pro: Will Borowski
Yardage: Gold – 6821; Blue – 6444; Regular – 6134
Amenities: Driving range, chipping range, fitness center, restaurant, pool
Winter Texan Specials: Call membership services club for memberships; there are also small weekly group opportunities
Ebony Hills Golf Course
Ebony Hills has a simple layout with very few obstacles in your way, making it a dream course for any level of golfer to attack the greens aggressively and practice shots one wouldn’t dare try on a tougher layout with all sorts of hazards. One reminder though, like its sister golf course Los Lagos, the wind can do dastardly deeds to your golf ball, and your round. And while it may be simple, that doesn’t mean you could just rip everything mindlessly, even though that does seem like fun. Number 9, a 380-yard, par = 4 that goes a bit to the right, is the gem on this course – you must find the left side of the fairway to hit it into the green at the right angle.
Address: 30 W. Palm Dr., Edinburg
Phone: (956) 292-2144
Description: 9-hole, par-35
Golf Course Manager: William Walls
Yardage: Gold – 2,899; Blue – 2,719; Red – 2,572
Amenities: Snack shop, putting green, chipping area, practice bunker
El Niño Golf Course
Want to improve your short game and accuracy? This is an ideal place. A compact, but nicely laid out course, El Niño is affordable and will still give you challenges, whether it is from tee to green, or green to pin. You won’t recognize the greens, there’s been a lot of work done on them to make the ball roll truer, which means better scores (or more aggravation when it doesn’t drop).
Address: 511 E. Loop 374, Palmview
Phone: (956) 585-5551
Description: 9-hole, par-29 executive golf course
Golf Pro: Carolyn and Rick Racine
Yardage: 1,285 yards
Amenities: Santa Fe style clubhouse
Winter Texan Specials: Park residents – 9 holes, $7; 18 holes, $13; Non-Park residents – 9 holes, $10; 18 holes, $18. There are also a variety of monthly memberships
Los Lagos Golf Club
Los Lagos is making their course more golfer friendly – no, that doesn’t mean they are eliminating the wind and making it a course under a dome. The biggest thing is the elimination of sand traps (the ones your balls always landed in). They are also opening a new putting green in a couple weeks while keeping their other putting and chipping green open.
The course is wonderfully challenging and “delightfully” windy…many times even blustery. Los Lagos has amazing rolling hills, leaning fairways and holes that will give you plenty of options on how you want to reach the green. The bunkers are strategically placed as are the pins. Don’t let its beauty lull you into a false sense of security, this course is one of the most enjoyable courses in the Rio Grande Valley. You hit a great shot here, you will remember it. There are shortcuts to take that play risk or reward in a major way. Island holes and elevation changes make the wind even a tougher foe. And, of course, you are always hitting into the wind – we still don’t know how that’s possible.
Address: 1720 S. Raul Longoria Road, Edinburg
Phone: (956) 316-0444
Description: 18-hole, par-72 course
Golf Pro: Juan De La Cruz
Yardage: Black – 7,188; Blue – 6,789; White – 6,211; Gold – 6,211; Red – 5,561
Amenities: Putting Green, Chipping Area, Practice Bunker, Driving Range,
Pull Carts, Rental Clubs, Food and Beverages.
Winter Texan Specials: Call for specials
Howling Trails Golf Club
This course has transitioned into a wonderfully kept course that grows in popularity each year since the La Joya school district took over ownership. It is a fairly wide-open course, but water and trees that you come across are perfectly placed where you would like your shots to land. With 27 holes, you can enjoy 9, 18 or all of them and see some major layout differences on each one.
Address: 1910 Hole in One Dr, Mission, TX 78572
Phone: (956) 323-2165
Description: 27-hole, public, owned by La Joya ISD
Golf Manager: Raul Gutierrez
Yardage: Holes 1-18; Blue – 6,175; 19-27 – 3,459; 1-18 Reds – 5,597; 19-27 – 3,201; 1-18 Yellow – 4,881; 19-27 – 2,873
Amenities: Putting and chipping, pro shop, reopened but closes early during Thanksgiving season
Winter Texan Specials: Call for specials; tee times 24 hours in advance
Monte Cristo Golf & Country Club
“It’s a different course. They’ve worked on the fairways and made a lot of things better,” were the comments from the pro shop. This course needed only some tender loving care, and it’s getting it.
It may be somewhat out of the way, but the scenic holes, the refreshing air – and oftentimes heavy wind – combined with a fairly simple layout makes this a pleasurable course to play even under the most stressful of days. Their island hole is tougher than it looks with the wind, and you need to make sure you get enough air under your ball so it sticks. But the big question is – do you want to grip it and rip it? If so, this is your new home.
Address: 2919 N. Kenyon Road, Edinburg
Phone: (956) 381-0964
Description: Par-71 Public course
Golf Pro: Adolfo Cubriel
Yardage: Gold – 6,392; Blue – 6,014; White – 5,373; Red – 4,521
Amenities: Driving range, practice greens, pro shop, restaurant, bar
Winter Texan Specials: $33 for 18 holes, call in advance
Shary Municipal Golf Course
You won’t recognize these greens now. The course purchased some new equipment that doesn’t tear out the grass and these are comparable now to the best greens across the Rio Grande Valley. You can play 19-27 for a short round or do the traditional 1-18. No. 1 gets your brain going right away. It might be worth taking a few extra practice swings and take in what it has to offer you. After your tee shot, do you want to cut the water already or play safe and lay up? What about that big tree at the edge of the water? And the bunkers? Do not go long... do not tee off to the left...there is a lot to think about, and we are just talking about the first hole! Worth every minute of it.
Address: 2201 N. Mayberry St., Mission
Phone: (956) 580-8770
Description: 27-hole municipal golf course
Golf Pro: Mario Flores, Golf Director
Yardage: 1-18 Blue – 6,000; White – 5,036; Red – 4,746; 19-27 Blue 3,138; White – 3,019; Red – 2,764
Amenities: Pro shop, putting green, kitchen
Winter Texan Specials: Memberships – call for information
Tierra Del Sol Golf Course
This golf course underwent a major facelift a few years ago and the changes have been remarkable. Tierra Del Sol has a wide variety of layouts and some of the nicest rolling greens in the Valley. Several holes let you stand there and “grip it and rip it,” even if you kick out a banana hook or slice every once in a while. Coming up 18 with the Clubhouse rising up behind the finishing hole makes you feel like you're on some type of private country club estate. It is a beautiful way to end the round on a fun golf course to tackle.
Address: 700 E. Hall Acres Road, Pharr
Phone: (956) 402-4545
Description: 18-hole, par-72 Municipal golf course
Golf Pro: Mike Fernuik
Yardage: Blue 6,827; White – 6,266; Gold – 5,820; Red – 5,252
Amenities: Driving range, putting green, pro shop, restaurant
Winter Texan Specials: Call for specials; book tee times three days in advance $38 for 18 and half court. Nine holes is $25