“It is a great honor to be selected by Winter Texans as their favorite golf course in the Rio Grande Valley,” said Tierra Del Sol Golf Director Raul Garza. “We are very proud of our golf course. The Pharr City Council made a decision a couple of years ago to put $1 million worth of improvements into the golf course, which was completed in 2013, and it has paid off in this honor.”
Garza went on to say, “We re-did all the greens with a new Bermuda grass known for its ability to stand up to high levels of golfing. We also used another type of grass called Celebration Grass in all the Tee Boxes. Finally, we added an aesthetics crew to keep the course appealing to the eye. We believe our course and greens are now second to none in the Valley. And as the greens mature, the course will get better and better. We also bought new carts last year.”
“We work hard to find the best and friendliest staff possible. We realize golfers are ‘our bread and butter’ and without them the quality of the course would mean nothing. We want our customers to be the best-satisfied customers in the Valley,” added the director.
“Now that the course has been redone we are in the process of getting recertified for tournament competitions. A Pharr amateur tournament is already in the works.”
When asked about the general shape of the course, Garza said it is flat with sand bunkers and plush fairways that Winter Texans enjoy. Hole three is the most difficult because of its dog-leg shape. Hole eighteen is the most beautiful because it has a view of the lake and clubhouse.
Isaac Bazan, supervisor of the pro shop, took the Winter Texan Times editor out to tour the course. Bazan said Tierra Del Sol is a challenging golf course primarily due to the wind. There are seven holes that are played directly into the predominant southeast wind. Another 15 holes have a water challenge.
Bazan agreed with Garza in saying hole three was the most difficult. “It has water on the left side along with an out-of-bounds area where there are houses on the course. It also has a long narrow fairway. This hole is a par four.
Bazan added, “Because the course at Tierra Del Sol is relatively flat, it is easier for those Winter Texans who cannot handle undulating courses to play. The course offers different levels of play but golfers can get up to 6767 yards of golf with a par 72 rating. The course has a slope rating of 118 on Bermuda grass.
Jacque St. Pierre, a Winter Texan from Ontario, explained why he plays at Tierra Del Sol. He said the course offers different levels of challenge depending on which level of play is selected. He enjoys participating in the Men’s League and said the course offers all sorts of amenities. As an added bonus, the food is excellent in the clubhouse too.
Tierra Del Sol placed first in the Upper Valley and Best Overall in the Valley in the Winter Texans’ Favorite Golf Course survey conducted by the Winter Texan Times. Winter Texans who enjoy playing different courses while in the Valley, will want to check it out and see the new improvements.