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Marfa Municipal Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 4.7

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 72
Marfa
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Date Last Played: September 24, 2008

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Marfa Municipal Golf Course Review

Marfa Municipal Golf Course was built by the City of Marfa in the 60's and it's definitely showing it's age. The clubhouse is very dated and the carts look like they run the demolition derby every Saturday night and then limp back to the course on Sunday morning. And, when was the last time you saw, much less rode nine holes in a 3 wheel golf cart?

Marfa Golf Course is best known as being the "highest golf course in Texas" - but they never tell us what the elevation is. Plus it is hard to believe it is the highest course in Texas when it is perfectly flat and the nearest mountain is 50 miles away! And we sure didn't notice the ball flying further due to lighter high elevation air.

The course is perfectly flat and most of the holes are side by side, but there are trees (the only ones for miles) lining the fairways. There are no traps, but you will encounter one pond and one man made 4' by 10' concrete trench that is in front of one of the greens waiting for your ball. Three of the holes are doglegs and the rest are straight and the flag is visible from the tee box.

 

The rough is desert and the fairways are green but not in the best condition. What makes Marfa Muni tough is the small postage stamp elevated round greens - all of which slope back to the fairway - if you can't stuff it from 30 yards or more, most likely you'll roll back off the green.

 

Marfa is not one of our favorite courses, but it is the only one in the area and it's fun to say you played the highest elevation course in Texas - and of course, any day on the greens is a good day!

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
White 3,285 70.0 115
Red 2,893 70.2 110

Course Information

Greens Condition
5.0
Greens Difficulty
6.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Very
Beware of water on 3 holes and the 0 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
4.7 out of 10
Beauty:
4.0
Difficulty:
5.0
Variety:
4.0
Fun to Play:
5.0
Value:
6.0
Condition:
4.0
Front Nine Rating:
4.0
Back Nine Rating:
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$24.00 to $28.00

There is no cart lady and the service is country friendly.

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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.