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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.

Los Lagos can be challenging for the best of golfers. Beside the moguls there are doglegs begging a golfer to try and clear them, not knowing what lies behind them. More often than not, taking the traditional path is the smart play – but cutting those corners sure can be more rewarding, and more penalizing as well.

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Los Lagos 14 green bLocated at 1720 South Longoria Road in Edinburg, Los Lagos' signature hole is the intimidating par-3 No. 14, which plays anywhere from 130 to 160 yards depending on the tee and pin placements. The southeast wind impacts your shot into a kidney-shaped green that is guarded by water on the left and a large pot bunker on the front right. The green is a tough two-putt, and if you miss the approach back right, you're faced with a tough chip back downhill toward the hole.

Tony Garcia, golf director, said that despite what sounds like a tough course even for the best of golfers, Los Lagos can be played be many different level of golfers.

“We can make it different levels,” he said. “We have five different tee boxes and most of the Winter Texans like to play from the front.

“Plus the aesthetics of the course is something every golfer can enjoy and see. With those five sets of tees, they can be hitting wedges into the greens instead of long irons. It’s still challenging but the enjoy playing here. We’re honored that the like this course with its rolling hills and fairways and greens. That’s what it’s all about, coming out here and having a good time with a courteous staff and a wonderful course.”

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