NOTE: Golfers, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, specials and guest restrictions vary and may change at any time. We recommend you call the golf course ahead of time – then go enjoy a good round...there aren't any other types of rounds are there?
Alamo Country Club
This course was once considered a hidden gem. It is still a gem, but it is definitely not hidden. It also has some of the toughest holes you will find anywhere. It is a relaxing play, but do not get too relaxed because the layout can jump up and bite you. You need to be accurate on this scenic and fun-to-play course.
Address: 438 Country Club Dr., Alamo
Phone: (956) 787-0907
Description: 9-hole, par-35 semi-private course
Golf Pro: Kristin Knutson, General Manager
Yardage: Back tees – 2,332; Forward tees – 1,584 yards
Amenities: Pro shop, chipping range, driving range
Winter Texan Specials: Call for specials
The Club at Cimarron
Wide open and long, Cimarron will challenge you on every single hole, either by length or by making sure you prepare for your second shot widely before even hitting your first shot. No. 18 is a beautiful hole that offers golfers to show how long they can hit both their drive and second shot. Even if you clear the water on the second shot, you face a green that will either reward you for your bravery or make you walk off it thinking… what if?
Address: 1200 S. Shary Road, Mission
Phone: (956) 581-7401
Description: 18-hole, par-72
Golf Pro: Dan Hernandez
Yardage: Gold – 6821; Blue 6444; Regular – 6134
Amenities: Driving range, chipping range, fitness center, restaurant, pool
Winter Texan Specials: Call the club for specials
Ebony Hills Golf Course
Ebony Hills remains open, and thriving, despite talks of being closed or sold. It has a simple layout with very few obstacles in your way, making it a dream course for any level of golfer to attack the greens aggressively and practice shots one wouldn’t dare try on a tougher layout with all sorts of hazards. One reminder though, like its sister golf course Los Lagos, the wind can do dastardly deeds to your golf ball, and your round.
Address: 30 W. Palm Dr., Edinburg
Phone: (956) 292-2144
Description: 9-hole, par-35
Yardage: Gold – 2,899; Blue – 2,719; Red – 2,572
Amenities: Snack shop, putting green, chipping area, practice bunker
El Niño Golf Course
Want to improve your short game and accuracy? This is an ideal place. A compact, but nicely laid out course, El Niño is affordable and will still give you challenges, whether it is from tee to green, or green to pin.
Address: 511 E. Loop 374, Palmview
Phone: (956) 585-5551
Description: 9-hole, par-29 executive golf course
Golf Pro: Carolyn and Rick Racine
Yardage: 1,285 yards
Amenities: Santa Fe style clubhouse
Winter Texan Specials: Park residents – 9 holes, $5; 18 holes, $10; Non-Park residents – 9 holes, $8; 18 holes, $15
Los Lagos Golf Club
Simply beautiful. Wonderfully challenging and delightfully windy…sometimes even blustery. Los Lagos has amazing rolling hills, leaning fairways and holes that will give you plenty of options on how you want to reach the green. The bunkers are strategically placed as are the pins. Don’t let its beauty lull you into a false sense of security, this course is one of the most enjoyable courses in the Rio Grande Valley. You hit a great shot here, you will remember it. There are shortcuts to take that play risk or reward in a major way. Island holes and elevation changes make the wind even a tougher foe. And, of course, you are always hitting into the wind – we still don’t know how that’s possible.
Address: 1720 S. Raul Longoria Road, Edinburg
Phone: (956) 316-0444
Description: 18-hole, par-72 course
Golf Pro: Tony Garcia, Golf Course Manager
Yardage: Black – 7,188; Blue – 6,789; White – 6,211; Gold – 6,211; Red – 5,561
Amenities: Putting Green, Chipping Area, Practice Bunker, Driving Range,
Pull Carts, Rental Clubs, Food and Beverages.
Winter Texan Specials: Twilight fee starts at noon, $32
Howling Trails Golf Club
This course has transitioned into a wonderfully kept course that grows in popularity each year since the La Joya school district took over ownership. It is a fairly wide-open course, but water and trees that you come across are perfectly placed where you would like your shots to land. With 27 holes, you can enjoy 9, 18 or all of them and see some major layout differences on each one.
Address: 1910 Hole in One Dr, Mission, TX 78572
Phone: (956) 323-2165
Description: 27-hole, public, owned by La Joya ISD
Golf Pro: Raul Gutierrez
Yardage: Holes 1-18; Blue – 6,175; 19-27 – 3,459; 1-18 Reds – 5,597; 19-27 – 3,201; 1-18 Yellow – 4,881; 19-27 – 2,873
Amenities: Putting and chipping, pro shop (currently not open)
Winter Texan Specials: 1 p.m. special, $20 for 18 holes
McAllen Country Club
Unlike most of the courses in South Texas, this one isn’t wide open and it isn’t long. But it is straight and narrow with magnificently large trees, bunkers, and water in the way on most of the holes. It’s an absolutely stunning course where golfers more than likely would benefit from leaving at home any clubs you can’t consistently hit straight. The challenges start on one and end…. when you get to the clubhouse. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors are restricted. You would be best to call ahead to see if you can get on. This is, after all, a private country club.
Address: 615 Wichita Ave., McAllen
Phone: (956) 631-1103
Description: Par-71/72, Country Club
Golf Pro: Mike Perez
Yardage: Black – 6,397; Green – 5,946; White – 5,628; Red – 5,150
Amenities: Driving range, practice green, two short-game areas
Winter Texan Specials: NA
Monte Cristo Golf & Country Club
Monte Cristo may be somewhat out of the way, but the scenic holes, the refreshing air – and oftentimes heavy wind – combined with a fairly simple layout makes this a pleasurable course to play even under the most stressful of days. Their island hole is tougher than it looks with the wind and you need to make sure you get enough air under your ball so it sticks...and this also brings the wind into play so there are plenty of things to consider. Want to kill your tee shot? This is the place.
Address: 2919 N. Kenyon Road, Edinburg
Phone: (956) 381-0964
Description: Par-71 Public course
Golf Pro: NA
Yardage: Gold – 6,392; Blue – 6,014; White – 5,373; Red – 4,521
Amenities: Driving range, practice greens, pro shop, restaurant, bar
Winter Texan Specials: Call for specials
Palm View Golf Course
You would never dream that this beautifully and manicured to perfection golf course is a municipal course, but it is. From teeing off to finishing, you'll more than likely use every club in your bag, and maybe wish you had more. The greens run true, the pin placement is always challenging, and most holes will ask you – what's your strategy here. There are plenty of holes where you determine how much of a bend you want to cut or if you really want to take a shortcut and go over these trees. Some holes will show you a wide open fairway but if you don't know which side to put the ball, you may be giving yourself extra distance to the hole – or an impossible next shot. And when you are done, have a hamburger – even the worst round is comforted after one of those from the kitchen here.
Address: 2701 S. Ware Road, McAllen
Phone: (956) 681-3444
Description: 18-hole, par-72 public golf course
Golf Pro: Rex Flores
Yardage: Black – 6,783; Blue – 6,384; White – 5,814; Red – 4,816
Amenities: Chipping green, Putting green, Lighted driving range; Clubhouse, Restaurant; Pro Shop
Winter Texan Specials: Discount Coupons online
Shary Municipal Golf Course
At one point it seemed that different parts of this course were under construction for a long time. Temporary green, ground under construction and more. It never stopped attracting golfers and it's all been worth it. You can play 19-27 for a short round or do the traditional 1-18. No. 1 gets your brain going right away. It might be worth taking a few extra practice swings and take in what it has to offer you. After your tee shot, do you want to cut the water already or play safe and lay up? What about that big tree at the edge of the water? And the bunkers? Do not go long... do not tee off to the left...there is a lot to think about, and we are just talking about the first hole! Worth every minute of it.
Address: 2201 N. Mayberry St., Mission
Phone: (956) 580-8770
Description: 27-hole municipal golf course
Golf Pro: Mario Flores, Golf Director
Yardage: 1-18 Blue – 6,000; White – 5,036; Red – 4,746; 19-27 Blue 3,138; White – 3,019; Red – 2,764
Amenities: Pro shop, putting green, kitchen
Winter Texan Specials: Memberships – call for information
Tierra Del Sol Golf Course
This golf course underwent a major facelift a few years ago and the changes have been remarkable. Tierra Del Sol has a wide variety of layouts and some of the nicest rolling greens in the Valley. Several holes let you stand there and “grip it and rip it,” even if you kick out a banana hook or slice every once in a while. Coming up 18 with the Clubhouse rising up behind the finishing hole makes you feel like you're on some type of private country club estate. It is a beautiful way to end the round on a fun golf course to tackle.
Address: 700 E. Hall Acres Road, Pharr
Phone: (956) 402-4545
Description: 18-hole, par-72 Municipal golf course
Golf Pro: Mike Fernuik
Yardage: Blue 6,827; White – 6,266; Gold – 5,820; Red – 5,252
Amenities: Driving range, putting green, pro shop, restaurant
Winter Texan Specials: Call for specials
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