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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.

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS River Bend 2That changed when the Barnard family purchased the course in 2015. Now General Manager Jeremy Barnard and his dad and uncle – owners of the course – have huge plans.

River Bend has approximately 75 full-time residents and swells to more than 600 when the Winter Texans arrive.

“The Winter Texan market makes up about 35-40 percent of our business and we have started reaching out to other parks and opening different options for memberships,” Barnard said

River Bend Resort & Golf Club was founded in 1983. The Rio Grande Valley is renowned for its climate, flora and fauna, friendly people and economical lifestyle and River Bend has worked to bring it all together in one location. The name is derived from the huge bend in the Rio Grande River that borders the resort and provides the property with a lush tropical setting. Plants and birds not seen elsewhere in the U.S. are common throughout River Bend Resort & Golf Club.

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS river bend“We're still looking at how we can reach the Winter Texans more,” Barnard said. “They are a huge part of us and we love how faithful and loyal they are. They have an old-school mentality where they want to be a part of something and belong somewhere. We have some guys who moved here in 1985 or 86 – they don't need a yardage book, that's for sure.”

River Bend is located at 4541 US-281 in Brownsville. The course measures from 5,601 yards to 6,773 yards. For more information, call 956-465-1141.

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