Brownsville Golf Center Review and Rating
Brownsville Golf Center opened for play in the 1970's and in 1999 the City of Brownsville took over the management and operation of the course. According to some members that we talked to, the condition of the course deteriorated but over the last couple years (2015 and 2016) the course conditions have improved 200%! And the staff seems commited to continued improvements.
The front nine of Brownsville Golf Center is a par 34 with three par 3s, a par 5, and 5 par 4s. This nine is short at 2306 to 2765 yards with three tee boxes. But it's no walk in the park - the greens are raised, there is water on all nine holes, the 10 grass bunkers can be troublesome, the fairways are a little tight, and approach shots need to be precise. And the wind can cause lots of trouble. We liked:
The back nine at Brownsvill Golf Center is a par 36, longer at 2785 to 3379 yards, has water on all nine holes, the fairways are wider, and the greens seemed a littler harder. On this side our favorite holes included:
When we played in January 2017 the fairways were ok with several bare spots. The grass is thin and firm providing extra roll. Most of the fairways at Brownsville Golf Center are tight to ample. The rough was cut playable and also had several bare/dirt spots. Most of the fairways are lined by homes on one side and the backyards can come into play.
The greens were in pretty good shape - a coupls had some minor damage but nothing that would impact putting. They are about average size, a variety of shapes, and most are raised. You'll encounter some some and minor undulation. The held the ball well, ran true, and were running around 9 when we played.
There are no sand bunkers - hurray! But there are several grass bunkers, most of them around the greens. The grass is a little thicker than the rough and lips range from 6 inches to 2 feet or so.
Bottom line - well worth playing if you're in Brownsville - the rates are unbelievable, the conditions are getting better, and there are some fun and challenging holes.
Rates: $15.00 to $20.00
The pro shop has a very limited supply of golf equipment. The practice facilities are ok. The staff is great!
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.