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Improved Brownsville Golf Center Challenges Golfers

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.

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Los Lagos Golf Course: 1st Place Tie for Upper Valley

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Los Lagos 3 green lakeHeavy wind, moguls running along and behind – and sometimes through – lush fairways, which sometimes are leaning (toward water, of course) and challenging options are what Los Lagos has in store.

And despite – or maybe because of – all those challenges, Los Lagos, the Edinburg public course, tied for Winter Texan’s Favorite Golf Course in the Upper Valley with McAllen’s Palm View Golf Course.

The links style course was the 2015-16 winner of the contest and finished second in 2016-2017.

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Tierra Santa earns Winter Texans’ Favorite Golf Course honors

Tierra Santa Golf Club in Weslaco is one of those courses that you will always remember – because it’s hard to forget one of the most fun, challenging and aesthetically appealing 18th hole.

From its near perfect condition, to its design and, as aforementioned a wonderful finishing hole, Tierra Santa is a golfer’s dream,

Read more: Tierra Santa earns Winter Texans’ Favorite Golf Course honors

Tierra Del Sol Golf Course: 3rd Place Upper Valley Course

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS TIERRA DEL SOL islandWalk into Tierra Del Sol just about any time of the day that it’s open and you’ll see some golfers – on the course, on the green, in the pro shop or chowing down on some of the best breakfast tacos in the Valley.

It just seems like everything continues to get better at the Pharr municipal course. Looking back a few years ago – when the course had incomplete cart paths, balding fairways and greens that wouldn’t hold the loftiest of shots – many wouldn’t believe it’s the same course. Now the cart paths are complete, there is grass pretty much from tee to green, there are no sudden ponds appearing due to poor drainage and golf balls will stay on the green with the correct approach. All this is because the city decided to invest in their course – close to a $1 million.

Read more: Tierra Del Sol Golf Course: 3rd Place Upper Valley Course

Harlingen Country Club: Second Place Tie in Mid-Valley

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS harlingen country clubEven though it’s private, Harlingen Country Club’s golf course gives Winter Texans ample opportunities to play.

Because of that, those Winter Texans have voted the 18-hole golf course as their second favorite golf course in the Mid-Valley.

“A lot of them say we are in the best shape we’ve been in,” said Liz Richardson, the club’s LPGA Professional. “We hold Winter Texan Mondays every other week where they can come out and play and sometimes we’ll have burgers and stuff for after.

Read more: Harlingen Country Club: Second Place Tie in Mid-Valley

River Bend Golf Course: 1st Place in Lower Valley

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS RIVER BEND 1If River Bend Golf Course was one of the best-kept secrets of the Rio GrandeValley, the Winter Texans are doing their best to change that.

For the second straight year Winter Texans have voted the course their most favorite in the Lower Rio Grande Valley

River Bend was built as a nine-hole course but expanded to 18 holes in 1985. It's situated along the banks of the Rio Grande and has been considered one of the best-kept secrets in the Valley mainly because there has been no marketing – zero, nada, zilch.

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Long Island Village: Second Place Lower Valley

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS LIV AD PICLong Island Village makes its first appearance as a Winter Texan favorite this year, finishing second between two perennial favorites – River Bend and South Padre Island courses.

The news took Garry Stebbins, golf committee chairman, by pleasant surprise.

“That is fantastic,” he said. “We don't get too much press, but we have a wonderful golf course.”

Read more: Long Island Village: Second Place Lower Valley

South Padre Island Golf Club: 3rd Place Lower Valley Course

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS SPI 01The name alone rings majestic – South Padre Island Golf Club.

Winter Texans clearly feel the same way, voting the course with the most picturesque of views of the Laguna Madre and South Padre Island – even to the point of distracting golfers from the tee box – as their third favorite golf course in the Lower Valley.

Read more: South Padre Island Golf Club: 3rd Place Lower Valley Course

Win a Kindle Fire

University researchers who study the positive impact Winter Texans have on the Rio Grande Valley economy need your input.

This week, the Winter Texan Times includes the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Winter Texan Survey as an insert in the newspaper and we invite our readers to complete the survey, and in so doing, be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire and a $150 cash prize.

The easiest way to complete the survey is online. UTRGV has created an easy-to-use web form and there is a link to it on the home page of our website at www.wintertexantimes.com. You can also find the survey form online at http://utrgv.edu/wintertexan

Read more: Win a Kindle Fire

Museum seeks entries for Turning of the Quilts presentation

20160128 Mission Historical Museum Quilt Show THUMBThe Mission Historical Museum is accepting entries for the annual Mission Quilt Show and also for for its “Turning of the Quilts” program to be offered Feb. 16 at the quilt show hosted at the museum.

Antique Quilts

The museum is looking for antique, vintage, or just interesting quilts for this program. The quilts are presented stacked on a bed. As each quilt is shown, it is carefully turned down to reveal the next quilt, until all have been presented. A knowledgeable presenter will talk about each quilt as it is shown.

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Win a Staycation at the McAllen Expo

20180118 Robert n Jorge V Day McAllenTravelShow2018 PHOTOThe McAllen Chamber of Commerce is planning lots of excitement for this year’s Travel, Health & Wellness Expo, which will be held Feb. 13 and 14 at the McAllen Convention Center.

One of the nice perks of attending this year’s show is a whole array of door prizes – including a free Staycation giveaway package. The package includes two tickets to a “Live in McAllen” performance, dinner for two at an upscale McAllen restaurant, a dozen roses and a free night’s stay at Casa de Palmas Renaissance Hotel in McAllen. Registration for this special prize will take place at the Winter Texan Times booth at the Expo.

Read more: Win a Staycation at the McAllen Expo

Lone Star Jubilee makes Valley tour

Inspiration, laughter and fun is one description of The Texans in concert.

That alone, should be enough reason to attend the annual Lone Star Jubilee as it makes its way through the Rio Grande Valley from Jan. 21 to Jan. 26 with seven performances along the way.

Read more: Lone Star Jubilee makes Valley tour

Annual Woodcarvers Show set for Friday and Saturday

Rally on the Rio coming next week

20180111 Woodcarvers Show Pic1PHARR - There are 27 categories available for woodcarvers to showcase their skills and projects during the 2018 Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12-13 at the Nomad Shrine Club, located at 1044 W. Nolana in Pharr.

Admission is $3 and the show is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.

The show will include projects such as birds, fish, flowers, jewelry, mythical characters, canes, spiritual, bowls, gourds and more. There are categories also for instructor-assisted class work, knife carvings, painted wood burning, wooden toys, woodturning and others.

Read more: Annual Woodcarvers Show set for Friday and Saturday

Getting ready for the Travel, Health & Wellness Expo!

Visitors to this year’s McAllen Travel, Health & Wellness Expo are in for some special treats by way of some very special exhibits from the Texas State Aquarium, San Antonio Bike Tours, Registrar of Imported Vehicles and many, many other exhibitors offering special travel and vacation packages.

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Rio Grande Regional Hospital, Boggus Ford, Winter Texan Times, and McAllen International Airport are planning the 2018 Travel, Health and Wellness Expo. This event will be hosted on February 13 and 14, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the McAllen Convention Center.

Read more: Getting ready for the Travel, Health & Wellness Expo!

Navy Vet celebrates 100th birthday, goes to Happy Hour

HarryBirthday 003 1U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, Ivan Aguilar presents a plaque from the Navy Recruiting District, San Antonio, and Navy Recruiting Station, McAllen honoring Harry R. James for his 100-year birthday and an appreciation certificate commemorating his WWII service aboard submarine chaser PC-569.

U.S. Navy veteran, Harry R. James, celebrated his centennial birthday at Snow to Sun RV Resort in Weslaco on Jan. 2.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, Ivan Aguilar, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Shauna Allen presented Harry with a memorial plaque and a commemorative certificate of service. Petty Officer Aguilar cited Harry’s service on the submarine chaser PC-569 (USS Petoskey) from 1941 through 1943 and thanked him for his dedicated service.

Read more: Navy Vet celebrates 100th birthday, goes to Happy Hour

The Unusual World of Patty Gregg

20180104 Patty GreggTo label Patty Gregg as an artist would be an understatement. It would be more appropriate to say that she is an extremely creative, artistic and talented individual. Since an early age she has embraced and excelled in so many different forms of art, that it is difficult to mention them all.

Born in Mexico City, she has a natural love for bright colors and she’s not afraid to use them.

Read more: The Unusual World of Patty Gregg

Winter Texans Welcome!

FromthepublisherThe Rio Grande Valley is bustling with activities and special events planned this weekend and every week for the next couple of months.

The All Valley RV & Outdoor Show begins today for a three-day show at the RGV Livestock Showgrounds in Mercedes.

The RGV Woodcarvers Show is also happening this weekend, Jan. 12-13, at the Nomad Shrine Club in Pharr.

Read more: Winter Texans Welcome!

McAllen Travel, Health & Wellness Expo coming soon

20180104 TRAVEL SHOW Jan with signThe McAllen Chamber of Commerce has been organizing the annual Travel Show for over 30 years. Formerly known as the McAllen International Travel Show, this year’s show has been expanded to include health and wellness for the body and mind, offering a wider variety of exhibitors at the show. And by combining the two events have now created the bigger and better Travel, Health & Wellness Expo.

This year the Expo will take place on Feb. 13 and 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at McAllen’s state-of-the-art Convention Center located at 700 Convention Center Boulevard, McAllen. Admission to this event is always free.

Read more: McAllen Travel, Health & Wellness Expo coming soon

Port Isabel Lighthouse reopens

For the first time since October, 2016, the Port Isabel Lighthouse is open to the public.

The lighthouse, located at 421 E. Queen Isabel Blvd, in Lighthouse Square, Port Isabel, was built in 1852 to guide ships through the Brazos Santiago Pass to Port Isabel. The 72-foot-tall structure is one of 16 lighthouses built along the Texas Gulf Coast but is the only one that is open to the public.

Read more: Port Isabel Lighthouse reopens

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