Review of Harlingen Country Club Golf Course
Harlingen Country Club was established in 1946 and the golf course, designed by Leon Howard, opened in 1969. Over the years the Harlingen Country Club Golf Course has gained a solid reputation as having the best conditions in the Rio Grande Valley – based on the courses we’ve played in the Valley, we would agree. The course is well maintained and manicured, the conditions from the tee box to the cup are excellent, and the landscaping enhances the golfing experience.
The course is fairly straight forward and traditional with flat tree lined fairways, water on 11 holes, 20 greenside bunkers, and several dog legs (a couple of which offer great risk reward opportunities), both left and right. On the front nine of Harlingen Country Club most of the holes are side by side but the separation between the fairways thanks to the trees, wide roughs, or water means that you don’t get that crowded feeling and you really need to spray the ball to land in the adjacent fairway. The back nine meanders through a nice community of homes without as many side by side holes.
In addition to very good conditions, Harlingen Country Club has some great holes. A few that we really liked included:
The fairways at Harlingen Country Club range from ample to a little tight and all are flat and tree lined and a lot of them are lined by some nice homes that could come into play. If you miss the fairway, the rough is also wide and playable and from under the trees it’s easy to get back to the fairway. When we played both the rough and fairway were in excellent condition and a joy to hit from.
The greens are about average size and most are oval with some slope and contour, particularity around the perimeter of the green. They were in excellent condition, ran true and fast at around 11, and held the ball well. Most are slightly raised.
Like the rest of the course, the bunkers at Harlingen Country Club were perfect – well manicured with soft fluffy and thick sand. Most are average size and all 20 are guarding the greens – no fairway bunkers. The lips are manageable but don’t expect to roll out.
Bottom line – traditional and straightforward with excellent conditions and provides a relaxing and enjoyable round with an opportunity to turn in a good score.
Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400
Service is good and the members seem very friendly. The practice facilities and club amenites are very good and the restaurant serves some good food.
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.