The warm subtropical climate of the Rio Grande Valley welcomes golfers from around the United States to one of the few regions in the country where golf is played nearly 365 days a year. In fact, according to a poll by the National Golf Foundation, the Rio Grande Valley has more playable days of golf per year than anywhere else in the United States. The mild winters are what draw Winter Texans to the Rio Grande Valley, and while some golf five to six days a week and others just a couple of days a month, there are enough golf courses with different skill levels to meet the needs of everyone who wants to play. Below are some of the most popular golf courses the RGV has to offer:
Monte Cristo Golf & Country Club – Edinburg, TX
The Monte Cristo Golf and Country Club in Edinburg is considered by many to be a hidden gem in Texas. The Valley’s climate has helped create a picturesque setting for this 18-Hole Championship Golf Course, complete with two swimming pools, tennis courts, a driving range, a putting practice green, and a clubhouse with a fine dining restaurant and bar. For more information, call (956) 381-0964 or visit www.montecristogcc.com.
Shary Municipal Golf Course – Mission, TX
Shary Municipal Golf Course is a 27-hole golf course with a full-service driving range that is open every day except for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. This relatively large course is challenging due to the narrow fairways lined by out-of-bounds markers and water hazards impacting several holes. The signature hole for the small course is a 355-yard par four that features an approach shot over water to the green. The golf course is the number one tourist attraction for the City of Mission during the winter months. For more information, call (956) 580-8770 or visit www.missiontexas.us/city-departments/golf-course/.
Tierra Del Sol Golf Club – Pharr, TX
Tierra Del Sol Golf Club is owned and operated by the City of Pharr and is a very traditional and straightforward 18 holes. The course offers fantastic views of the wildlife and ecology of the Rio Grande Valley as well as challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Tierra Del Sol is a great choice for regular rounds of golf or a new destination for you and a few buddies when visiting Pharr. For information, call (956) 402-4545 or visit golf.pharr-tx.gov/.
Tony Butler Golf Course – Harlingen, TX
Not far from Harlingen, the Tony Butler Golf Course is a 27-hole facility complete with driving range, putting, and chipping greens. The course meanders through the natural South Texas terrain and is quite pleasant to walk or drive through in your golf cart. The 18-hole course is a championship layout measuring 6,400 yards (par 71) featuring Champions Ultra-Dwarf Bermuda greens. For information, call (956) 216-5970 or visit www.tonybutlergc.com.
South Padre Island Golf Club – South Padre Island, TX
South Padre Island Golf Club, located off the lower Laguna Madre in Laguna Vista, is a semi-private golf course that is open to the public and ranked among the highest in the golf course survey among the Winter Texan-friendly courses. It has a stretch of five holes, driving range, and practice greens that run parallel to the Laguna Madre with par three, signature hole #3 looking across the water to South Padre Island and the Queen Isabella Causeway. It’s worth noting that the breeze coming from the ocean can create a challenge for even seasoned golfers. For information, call (956) 943-3622 or visit www.spigolf.com.