El Nino Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 6.0

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 29
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El Nino Golf Course Review

Review & Rating of El Nino Golf Course in Mission Texas

El Nino Golf Course was built by the residents of Mission West RV Park and it opened for play in 1999.  This is a par 29 course with 7 par 3's ranging from 80 yards to 160 yards and 2 par 4s at 204 and 205 yards.  From the back tees (there are two other tee boxes but the yardages aren't given) the course is 1285 yards.  The holes are straightforward and traditional and from the tee box you can see the flag - number 6 a 205 yard par 4 has a slight dog right.

The fairways at El Nino Golf Course are flat and firm, lined with palm trees or small bushes, and are fairly tight.  If you spay the ball you'll most likely be in another fairway, but you'll need to get through the palm trees back to your fairway.  When we played the fairways were in poor condition with lots of weeds, some grass, and plenty of bare spots.

The greens at El Nino were interesting - a variety of shapes and sizes and ranged from small to about average.  They were bumpy and slow when we played.  Most had some contour and several had tiers, spines, or severe undulation and a couple were turtle back.  For example, #4 is a shaped similar to a light bulb and has two significant ridges.

El Nino is not in the best condition but you can't expect much when the green fees are only $5 for residents and $8 for non-residents and that includes a push cart!  We had fun practicing our short game and this is a course that any skill level can enjoy. 

Watch out for the bunny on the fairway of 6 who acts as a marshall and may ask to see your scorecard or tell you to speed up your play!

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 1,285

Course Information

Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Beware of water on 0 holes and the 0 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
6.0 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
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Approximate Weekend
$5.00 to $8.00

Very friendly and helpful staff if they are around, if not the course uses the honor system for green fees. No real pro shop and the grill has water and candy bars plus coffee for a quarter. Push carts are available for free.



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.