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20181205 Favorite Golf Holes Miller Tierra Santa NoWinter Texan golfers voted for their favorite golf holes in the Rio Grande Valley’s first annual Winter Texans’ Favorite Golf Hole contest. We have tallied the votes and here are the results.

It's no surprise that among the Top Ten holes in the Winter Texans' Favorite Golf Holes contest, five of them were closing holes. Three were the true finishing holes – No. 18 at Tierra Santa, Brownsville Golf Center and Los Lagos Golf Club. The other two closers were the secondary closing holes on the respective courses, meaning No. 9 at Llano Grande and Tony Butler Golf Course.

These are some of the most challenging, yet most rewarding, holes in the RGV. Here's a look at what our visitors from the North voted as their favorite holes.

First Place: Tierra Santa Golf Club No. 18
407-yard, par-4
1901 Club de Amistad, Weslaco
(956) 973-1811

This is the least surprising vote-getter of all time for any contest ever held anywhere on the planet. It's really that good of a hole. This 407-yard, par-4 lets you swing away as hard as you'd like on the first shot. A great shot will end up along the left side of the fairway and long so you can make your approach shot to a tee the runs uphill. If you're not so lucky, you'll end up behind some water that protects the green. If you're terribly unlucky, you could reach the water on the right side of the fairway and have to take a penalty stroke.

This hole is challenging but rewarding to the player who has length and control. It's a fairly large green but the pin is usually in a challenging position. Take a par and be happy. And if you have a bad hole, just relax, there's a calming rock waterfall in the same water you probably just kerplunked your ball into. And who doesn't need some calm meditation after this hole – good or bad, it's nerve wracking.

BROWNSVILLE GOLF CENTER NO. 18Second Place: Brownsville Golf Center No. 18
580 yard, par-5
1800 W. San Marcelo Blvd., Brownsville
956-541-2582

On a hot summer day in South Texas, playing 18 means just surviving. An 18-hole, four-hour round can be more than just exhausting. In 100-plus degree weather, with wind that feels more like a hair-dryer blowing in your face, stepping up to that final tee box is a blessing in itself – most times.

That's probably not the case at Brownsville Golf Center, where the massive 580-yard par-5 No. 18 awaits you.

You 'll not only need to be physically capable of getting to the green in three (maybe two depending on whether the blow dryer is blowing in your face), but you also need your mental toughness. The hole is a dogleg left and the key is to draw around the dogleg and cut off a few yards. Hit your tee shot too long and straight, and the hole is longer. Draw it nicely and you could leave yourself 250 yards out for a long, but possible second shot onto the green. There's water on the left, houses on the right so do the “simple” thing, go long and straight down the middle.

20181205 Favorite Golf Holes Miller Los Lagos No. 141Third Place: Los Lagos Golf Course No. 14
140-yard par-3
1720 South Longoria Rd., Edinburg
(956) 316-0444

This is a golf course dotted with rolling hills, angled fairways (always toward the water), difficult shots and wind that is only stronger when there's a tropical depression nearby. If the weather channel ever golfed at Los Lagos there would be a series looking into why there are so many stronger gusts here than seemingly anywhere else in the Valley.

Winter Texans truly love their closing holes, but this is their favorite par-3, and their third favorite hole overall. The pin is always in a challenging position on this kidney-shaped green. This is the course's top handicapped hole and signature hole. It plays 140 but the wind can make you change your club several times and scratch your head until it bleeds. Sometimes the wind is in your face and sometimes it's left to right, right to left, a knockdown wind....you name it.

The hole is also guarded by water on the left and a very large pot bunker.

Just. Land. On. The. Green. Now, that was simple, wasn't it?

Fourth Place: Tierra Santa Golf Club No. 4
144-yard par-3

Tierra Santa is clearly one of the most enjoyable courses for Winter Texans. Much of it has to do with the course itself – its layout is made for golfers of all skills. It has beautiful scenery (and we can't forget some of the best food to order after your round).

No. 4 is a popular hole mainly because of a large landing area on the par-3 hole. However, large isn’t always good. Lose focus or let up on your intensity and you could end up with a three putt and, despite hitting the green, walk off with a bogey. However, stick it within a decent distance and you could be putting for birdie. Once again, big risks and big rewards.

The following courses' holes were also among the Winter Texans' top 10 holes:

Llano Grande Country Club, No. 9
Tony Butler Municipal Golf, No. 9
Los Lagos Golf Club, No. 18
River Bend Golf Course, No. 17
Palm View Golf Course, No. 4
South Padre Island Golf Club, No. 6
Tierra del Sol Golf Course, No. 3

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