Tierra Del Sol Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.4

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Pharr
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Date Last Played: January 10, 2011

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Tierra Del Sol Golf Club Review

Tierra Del Sol Golf Club is owned and operated by the City of Pharr and is a very traditional and straightforward 18 holes.  From each of the tee boxes you can typically see that pin and what you're up against.  You will have to manage some creeks and ponds that can come into play on 15 holes, a couple dog legs, and one or two challenging approaches.  If you can keep the ball in the fairways, which are ample, you'll have a good round at a very reasonable value. 

Most of the holes are very similar - straight ahead, a little water that can come into play, a bunker or two to avoid, and oval greens - with reasonable yardages that offer some good opportunities for birdies.  A couple holes are fun, for example:

  • #2 is short at 385 and a good opportunity for par or better is achievable if you can avoid the creek along the left side, three ponds on the right, and three bunkers guarding the green
  • #5 can be tough because the green is tucked into the right side and if you favor that side you're likely to find the creek that goes from tee box to green
  • #10 gives you a good risk reward opportunity if you want to try and fly the trees (all of which are typical small south Texas size) and miss the bunker to shorten this 502 yard dog leg left
  • #15 is a 175 yard par three that is all carry over the lake

The back nine seemed that is was a little more fun, in a little better condition, and the greens were tougher - some skinny ovals and most had more slope and some undulation. 

The fairways were in pretty good shape and most are ample off the tee box - bring out the big dog and let it rip, but if you spray it there is a good probability you/re wet.  The roughs are ample and some are thicker than others and can be a little tough to get out of.  

The greens are small to average size and all have some minor and very manageable slope.  They were a tad slow and a little bumpy and in fair to good condition.  

The bunkers, except for a few that had redone with some soft thick sand, were terrible - little to no sand and some were packed firm dirt!  The good news is they have small lips and you might get lucky and roll out.  

The first few holes on the front must play along a sewage plant or something that doesn't smell that good.  

The pace of play can be very slow thanks to the course popularity, fivesomes, walkers, and lots of seniors.   

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,827 72.0 118
Blue 6,266 69.9 113
White 5,820 69.0 110
Red 5,252 70.1 114

Course Information

Course Architect:
Dave Bennett
Greens Type:
Bermuda
Greens Condition
7.8
Greens Difficulty
7.8
Fairway Condition
7.5
Bunker Condition
5.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Easy
Beware of water on 15 holes and the 29 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.4 out of 10
Beauty:
7.0
Difficulty:
7.0
Variety:
7.5
Fun to Play:
7.5
Value:
8.0
Condition:
7.8
Front Nine Rating:
7.4
Back Nine Rating:
7.4
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$35.00 to $35.00

Service is ok, the pro shop has the basics, and there is a range to warm up on. The grill has the basics.

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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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