Hombre Golf Club - The Ugly Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.6

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 72
Panama City Beach, Fl

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Hombre Golf Club - The Ugly Course Review

How can you visit Panama City Beach and if you're from Texas (or any State for that matter) not play a course called The Hombre with 3 nines called The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - with a name like that you just have to check it out. We did and we were pleasantly surprised. We played The Bad and The Ugly nines and love it - great condition, scenic, lots of variety, challenging but fair, and very fun. The Hombre is the annual host to the PGA Tour Qualifying School and has earned a reputation for intimidation.

The Bad and The Ugly nines of Hombre opened in December 1989 and The Good nine opened in 2001. Each of the Hombre nines wanders through some homes, across and along wetlands, lakes, and marsh. The Hombre fairways are flat like most Florida courses and they are framed by a stunning assortment of palms, pines, and azaleas. Each of the nines has it's own character and challenges - The Good has a more traditional feel and is the easiest of the three; The Bad can live up to it's name and is the hardest of the three; and The Ugly is far from it with some scenic and fun holes and it seems much more open after playing The Bad.

The greens will also live up to the name - some are good, some are bad, and others are just plain ugly. They come in all shapes and sizes, a variety of slope and undulation, and some are turtle top with slope back to the fairway, bunkers, trees, or water. All are about average speed and were in good condition when we played.


Contrary to its name, The Ugly is very scenic with lots of trees and palms and water on 8 of nine holes. The Ugly is not quite as tough as The Bad, but it still has a number of challenges. For example, #3 is a short but challenging par 4 at 369 yards. You'll be temped to let it rip and hope that you avoid the two fairway traps and the water along the entire right side of the fairway and then hit a narrow landing zone. The approach shot is to a turtle top green which slopes back to the water. Have fun on this beauty! The other fairways range from wide enough that you can pull the driver out and let 'er rip to narrow where you'll need your most accurate club off the tee box. The Ugly's 8th is a great risk reward go-for-it hole. At 511 yards, from the tee box it's a classic go/don't go hole with a pretty long carry over the lake. Then you'll need to stuff your approach shot to a shallow green set close to the water - come up a little short and you'll watch your ball roll slowly off the green and into the lake. The Ugly is a fun and memorable nine that you'll want to play again.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 3,093 70.2 131
White 2,716 66.8 125
Gold 3,427 73.8 137
Red 2,461 68.9 132

Course Information

Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Beware of water on 7 holes and the 16 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.6 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:


Approximate Weekend
$59.00 to $79.00

Service was very good and the Bloody Marys are excellent!



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.