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:
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:
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.
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!
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!
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.