Shary Municipal Golf Course - Holes 10 to 18 Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.7

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 36
Mission
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Date Last Played: January 08, 2015

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Shary Municipal Golf Course - Holes 10 to 18 Review

Review and Rating of Shary Municipal Golf Course - holes 10 to18

Owned and operated by the City of Mission, Shary Municipal Golf Course is  home to 27 holes.  Each of the nines is a little different from the others, for example:

  • Holes 1-9 is the shortest (2100 to 2600 yards with 4 tee boxes) of the three nines but still challenging thanks to water on 4 holes and 15 bunkers - read our review of this nine
  • Holes 10-18 are a tad longer then 19-27 from the back tees but shorter from the forward tees - this nine is regarded as the most difficult
  • Holes 19-27 are the original nine (opened in 1929) and the most traditional with a lot of the holes playing side by side, only 1 bunker, and push-up greens

Shary Municipal Golf Courses holes 10 to 18 is a par 36 with 4 tee boxes and yardages ranging from 2556 yards to 3194 yards.  It's short but requires some shot making on some of the six dog legs which are both left and right.  If you can keep the ball in the fairway, manage the dog legs,  and play smart you'll have a very enjoyable and relaxing round. 

Some of our favorite holes include:

  •  #10 is a fun 525 yard par 5 with a pond on the left in front of the tee box, followed by a small dog left to a green that is across a pond and off to the right side of the fairway - shape and positioning on this hole are keys to par
  • #11 is a 180 yard par 3 with an intimidating carry over the pond to a green guarded by 3 bunkers
  • #17 is a 490 yard par 5 with a sharp dog leg right around a cluster of trees and a huge bunker - short hitters will need to decide to play safe or try to fly the trees and bunker to get closer to the green 

When we played in January, the Shary Municipal Golf Course greens were in very good condition, soft and held the ball well, and ran true.  They were a variety of sizes and shapes and have some combination of slope and minor contour.  Several have some mounding and bunkers guarding them.

The fairways were in fair shape as was the rough, which was cut thin and very playable.  The fairways are tree and palm lined (one is lined by some nice homes with back yards that can come into play) and most of them are wide to ample - spray the ball and you're OB or in another fairway with a recoverable shot. 

The Shary Municipal Golf Course bunkers were in very poor condition - little to no sand (firm dirt) and overgrown wtih weeds and grass along the edges.  They are all in the process of being redone, which started in January 2015.   The lips range from thin to 6 to 12" and you find a variety of sizes and shapes. 

Slope and rating are based on playing holes 1 through 18. 

Bottom line - this is a nine that is fair and playable for all levels, a little short, and includes some holes that will test your shot making.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 5,860
Blue 5,552 69.9 118
White 5,306 68.0 115
Red 4,556 68.7 117

Course Information

Course Architect:
George Williams
Greens Condition
9.0
Greens Difficulty
8.0
Fairway Condition
7.0
Bunker Condition
5.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Easy
Beware of water on 4 holes and the 14 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.7 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
7.5
Variety:
7.5
Fun to Play:
8.8
Value:
8.5
Condition:
7.5
Front Nine Rating:
7.7
Back Nine Rating:
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$16.00 to $23.00

The pro shop is pretty well stocked with all of the basics. The grill serves burgers, dogs, and more. The range and putting green are ok. Service is friendy

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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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