Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 72
Panama City Beach, Fl
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.
Rates: $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!
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.