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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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

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  • Caring & Sharing

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