Review and Rating of Llano Grande Golf Course - Mercedes
Lllano Grande Golf Course is a fairly traditional layout that is similar to a links style course - flat, wide open, and straight ahead. On most holes you can see the pin and what you're up against, however that are some hidden water hazards and bunkers near the green you might not be able to see.
This is course that is fair and forgiving and gives you an opportunity to turn in a good score. However, you'll need to avoid the water that can come into play on 11 holes and the out of bounds areas if you tend the spray the play.
Some of the holes that we really liked included:
The Llano Grande Golf Course fairways are flat and generous with a wide playable rough and a scattering of small trees and palms. A number of the holes are side by side and if you spray it you've got a playable shot from the other fairway. Since the fairways are so wide we didn't see any players in our fairway and I didn't hit any one in the other fairway. The fairways were in near perfect condition.
The greens range from tiny to above average size, with most being a tad smaller than normal. Most are raised and have some slope - a few have some slope and contour. They were in pretty good shape with some having several damaged areas. The were running true, a little slow (8 or so), and were a little bumpy when we played.
The few bunkers are tiny, with soft but thin sand, and small lips. You may get lucky and roll out of the bunkers.
Bottom line - a good course that's fair for all levels of play, has a few great holes, and good conditions plus a great opportunity to turn in a low scoring round.
Rates: $23.00 to $23.00
The pro shop has limited gear, the practice facitlites are adequate, and the bar and grill has breakfast and burgers and sandwiches. The staff and all of the players we met were outgoing and very friendly. No bathrooms on the back nine, so stop by the pro shop before you head out.
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!
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.