Cimarron Country Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.1

Golf - Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Cimarron Country Club Review

Review & Rating of Cimarron Country Club in Mission Texas

Cimarron Country Club is a 6821-yard par 72 layout with 4 sets of tee boxes and it was designed by Dave Bennet and opened for play in 1983.  Cimarron is now part of the portfolio of more than 200 Club Corp owned or operated golf and country clubs, business clubs, sports clubs and alumni clubs in 28 states. What a fantastic course and clearly one of the Best in the Rio Grande Valley.

Cimarron Country Club has a layout that can be characterized by it's:

  • big nasty (steep faced) bunkers, most of which guard the greens
  • greens that range from skinny oblong to small, all are well guarded by bunkers, are fast, and have plenty of contour and slope
  • lakes and ponds and a drainage ditch that comes into play on several holes

As such, Cimarron Country Club puts a premium on your approach shots, your ability to deploy some excellent course management and putting skills, take a few risk-reward shots, and avoid the water and bunkers.   The yardage ranges from 5374 to 6821 yards, a tad short but the rating is 128 to 139 - it's not the length but the challenging green complexes, water, and bunkers that make it demanding. Don't let this scare you - choose the right set of tee boxes and maybe move up a set - and play smart and you'll have a fun and enjoyable round.

Some of the holes that we really liked include:

  • #1 sets the stage for what you'll encounter during your round - it's a 532 yard par 5 with a 90 degree dog-leg left, a pond at the end of the dog-leg that could capture long hitters tee shot or short hitters second shot, a tight fairway after the dog-leg, and a long skinny oblong green guarded by 3 nasty bunkers
  • #6 is the #1 handicap and it's a beauty - you can let it rip to a wide fairway but then you need to avoid a ditch crossing the fairway at 200 yards out and a pond at 100 yards out that encroaches into the fairway, and you need a precise shot to a tiered sloping green guarded by back and front bunkers
  • #12 is fun - a 348-yard par 4 that horseshoes around a lake and offers a great risk reward shot off the tee if you want to try and carry more of the lake to shorten the hole
  • #18 is one of the best holes we've played in a long time - a 512 yard par 5 with a lake on the entire left side of a fairly tight fairway, a second shot that offers a great risk-reward opportunity to try and carry more of the lake to shorten the approach shot or for long hitters off the tee a risky shot at the green, and the approach shot needs to avoid  3 bunkers guarding the green and a tree that can block your shot to the green

The fairways at Cimarron Country Club were in very good conditions but obviously dormant when we played in January.  Generally speaking, they are flat and firm with some contour - resulting in lots of extra roll - and they range in size to average to fairly tight.  The rough was dense and cut short  - generally, the ball sat up and was very playable  Some very nice homes line one or both sides of the fairway and could come into play if you really spray the ball.  There were a few bare dirt spots on the fairways, but they didn't impact play.

The green complexes at Cimarron Country Club put a premium on your approach shots.  All are well guarded by two to three nasty bunkers, several are raised preventing a bump and run, the fringe is tough to putt from, most have some slope and contour (including tiers), and they all run fast.  The greens range in size and shape, are soft and hold the ball well, and run true. 

The bunkers are large and nasty with some very steep faces.  The majority of the bunkers guard the greens.  Unfortunately, the sand in the vast majority of the bunkers was thin to non-existent or gritty - the strong winds blow a lot of the sand to Arizona and beyond.  There are plans to replace the sand.

Bottom line - a fantastic layout, good conditions, scenic, and a blast to play.

Head Pro's Corner

The pro shop is well stocked, there was no cart service when we played, the staff is friendly and the practice facilities are excellent.  The Club House is home to a full-service restaurant and a good bar with a view of the 18th hole.  Our only complaint is that there are no restrooms on the course - you'll have to hold it for 9 holes!

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 6,821 73.5 139
Blue 6,134 70.3 130
White 5,374 72.9 128
Gold 6,464 71.7 136

Course Information

Course Architect:
Dave Bennet
Greens Type:
TIF Eagle
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Beware of water on 13 holes and the 60 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.1 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
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Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400

Service is good, the practice facilites are very good, and the pro shop is well stocked with everything you need to look good and play well. The bar and restaurant are first class.



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.