Casa Blanca Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.1

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Laredo
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Date Last Played: June 04, 2011

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Casa Blanca Golf Course Review

Review and Rating of Casa Blanca Golf Course in Laredo

Casa Blanca Golf Course was designed by Leon Howard and opened in 1967.  The course hosted the very first Border Olympics Collegiate Event and during their academic youth Tom Kite, Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Steve Elkington, played here.  Like most older courses, Casa Blanca is fairly traditional and straightforward and short by todays standards - 5270 to 6539 yards with three tee boxes.

The layout is good and fair for all levels of play but can be somewhat demanding - the fairways are ample, there is a good mix of dog legs left and right, there are a couple forced carries over water, and a couple holes require some strategic play to par.

Some of the holes we liked included:

  • #2 is a 490 yard par 5 that dog legs left around water leading to a severely back to front sloping green guarded by a bunker on the left front
  • #4 is being redone and now plays as a par 3 but it looks like it would be an excellent par 5 - a carry over a lake from the back tees, a slight dog right, and a carry over a creek crossing in front of the green
  • #8 and #13 are 139 and 152 yard par 3s that are all carry over the lake to the green
  • #12 is the #2 handicap hole - a 448 yard par 4 with a layup or risky carry over a creek leading to a green with 2 bunkers guarding it

When we played in January 2015 the fairways and rough were in very poor condition - a mixture of weeds, grass, and dirt.  Part of the problem was the weather that has impacted all of the course conditions in Texas and the problem was they are adding new irrigation and it's not yet finished.  It had rained for 3 days prior to our playing which made the course muddy with lots of pools of standing water.  The rough was thicker than normal because of the rain and it was a mixture of weeds (a dense clover like weed), dirt, and grass.  The fairways are linde with a scattering of trees and towering palms,  ample but not overly generous, and the rough is fairly wide. 

Weather had also impacted the greens at Casa Blanca Golf Course and most had some damage - which didn't impact play, but wasn't ascetically pleasing.  The greens range from small to about average and most have some slope and some have severe slope.  They were running a tad slow for our taste (maybe an 8 or so) but true, had lots of subtle breaks, were a tad bumpy, were soft and spongy and held the ball very well. 

The bunkers were wet and had standing water and as such weren't playable.  Normally I would think that the sand is thick and fluffy and great to hit out of.  The lips are tall and you're not going to like your lie if your ball is up against them.  The bunkers range from small to above average and all of the them but one guard the greens. 

Bottom line - low rates, some fun holes, and when the irrigation system comes online the conditions should improve

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,539 70.5 112
White 6,110 68.9 107
Red 5,270

Course Information

Greens Condition
7.5
Greens Difficulty
8.0
Fairway Condition
4.0
Bunker Condition
7.5
GPS:
No
Walkable:
easy
Beware of water on 10 holes and the 16 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.1 out of 10
Beauty:
7.0
Difficulty:
7.5
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
8.0
Value:
7.5
Condition:
5.0
Front Nine Rating:
7.3
Back Nine Rating:
7.1
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$17.00 to $25.00

Service is good and friendly. The Pro Shop and Bar and Grill are both new. The Pro Shop has a good supply of the basics and Grill serves breakfast and lunch - burgers, dogs, sandwiches, and more. There is a driving range and putting green.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking. 

 

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