Winter Texan Times

15 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MARCH 1, 2023 Sunday Morning Golf Special 9-Holes, with cart $15 9-Holes, walking $10 Sundays, 8am-12pm, through April 30, 2023 (956) 428-2000 1/2 Mile North of Hwy 83 on Stuart Place Rd. 155 Highland Dr., Harlingen #1 In The RGV Thank You For Your Vote! WINTER TEXANS’ WINTER TEXAN’S Winter Texan TIMES GOLF FAVORITES Come Play the Greatest 9-Hole Course in the RGV OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 9-Holes With Cart $18 wind and that is what makes the difference on most Valley courses. Llano Grande is historical and, at least for now, a diamond in the rough. As it improves, however, its popularity will continue to increase so play it now. Just like the Delta area is prospering from growth, so is the park – and the play. Llano Grande is located at 2215 East West Blvd. in Mercedes. Raymondville Municipal Golf Course Lupe Serna, manager at Raymondville Municipal Golf Course, describes the course as a nice and flat 9-hole course. But don’t misunderstand. It’s not a par-3 course. “It has par-4s and 5s,” he said. The course is owned by the city and leased by Serna, who said that the course has been serving the public since the 1940s. “Winter Texans love it,” he said. “It’s a nice little course that they love to walk because it’s nice and flat.” The clubhouse has been recently renovated and the course plays about 3,000 yards from the whites, then around 3,200 from the blues and “it has just a couple of lakes.” Raymondville Municipal Golf Course is located at 13839 Emma Ross Rd. in Raymondville. Tierra Santa Golf Club At one point, Tierra Santa needed a lot of work. At least to be recognized as a regular elite destination spot. From that point on, that’s what has been done. The course is now one of the most pristine, prettiest, and challenging in South Texas. While its history has been good, its future is definitely on the path to greatness. Owners have refused to rest on its laurels, seemingly always looking to improve the full golf experience from its grill for before, during and after a round, to creating a friendly relaxing atmosphere that feels like home all the time. Its rolling hills, elevation changes and fairways with multiple routes to reach the hole gives it a special touch. When you leave, no matter your score, you’ve had plenty of opportunities (and, like good golf courses, you leave with that one shot that will make you come back for more). From a redesigned clubhouse to an events center and more future plans, Tierra Santa is worth every minute – no matter how many golf balls you may “misplace.” The course is located at 1901 Club de Amistad in Weslaco. It ranges from 5,283 yards at the red tees to whopping 7,139 and challenges you to bite off as much as you can chew on several holes. Treasure Hills Golf Course Harlingen is a hotbed of golf courses and Treasure Hills is at hot as they get. The par-72, 18-hole course not only has one of the most unique layouts in the Valley but since the new owners took over in 2016, this course has boomed in relevancy to golfers across the Rio Grande Valley. Playing at 6,960 from the tips, Treasure Hills is one of the last designs of Robert Trent Jones’ amazing career. Jones was a British– American golf course architect who designed -- or re-designed more than 500 golf courses in 45 U.S. states and 35 countries, according to his website. In reference to this, Jones took pride in saying, “The sun never sets on a Robert Trent Jones golf course.” That statement couldn’t fit Treasure Hills any better. For years, the rumors flew that the course was going to be shut down, not being able to find any buyers. It remained open and once Roger Bhakta purchased the place, the sun started rising again. There are terrain elevation changes, plenty of doglegs, water hazards, 35 bunkers and usually a breeze. It’s a fair golf course that rewards a little course management. There are a couple of tight spots, though most of the fairways are fairly wide. The front nine has a few traps, while the back nine might be a little tougher with water on five of the holes. The course has also seen several improvements, most notably, a new irrigation system that has improved turf conditions. The course is located at 3009 N. Augusta National Dr., in Harlingen. Just the address should pique your attention. Stuart Place Country Club Stuart Place has become a golf superpower in the past decade. Considered among the favorite Winter Texan courses annually, the “place that feels like home” has risen from a little-known course to a mega star. Stuart Place has transformed from a bird reserve sanctuary to a top-ofthe-line par 36, 9-hole golf course. A trio of Winter Texan owners of Stuart Place Golf Course took over in May of 2019 and since then have embarked on an ambitious program to bring the scenic 9-hole course back to being the best in the Valley. They purchased it from previous owners and immediately started renovating the course and getting it up to “snuff.” All the tee boxes, fairways, and greens continue to be well maintained, seeded, and fertilized. The clubhouse, staff and amenities have been updated and are the “friendliest in the Valley,” according to most visitors. It has a terrific layout that can be extremely challenging depending on how brave one is. But, no matter how the round goes, there’s always the comfort, safety, and friendliness of those who await the golfer inside the clubhouse. It’s a wonderfully fulfilling golf experience. Stuart Place is located at 155 Highland Dr. in Harlingen. Treasure Hills Golf Course