Llano Grande Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.6

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Llano Grande Golf Course Review

Review and Rating of Llano Grande Golf Course - Mercedes

Lllano Grande Golf Course is a fairly traditional layout that is similar to a links style course - flat, wide open, and straight ahead.  On most holes you can see the pin and what you're up against, however that are some hidden water hazards and bunkers near the green you might not be able to see. 

This is course that is fair and forgiving and gives you an opportunity to turn in a good score.  However, you'll need to avoid the water that can come into play on 11 holes and the out of bounds areas if you tend the spray the play. 

Some of the holes that we really liked included:

  • #8 is a short but challenging par 4 with a fairway pinched by a lake on the left and bamboo and underbrush guarding a lake from tee to past the green on the right and an approach shot that is up to a significantly raised green
  • #9 is a great par 5 with a lake in the middle of the fairway at about 170 out - the fairway left or right of lake is tight with trouble on both sides and carrying the lake requires a strong accurate shot
  • we couldn't believe this  - #11 is a 193 yard all carry to an island green with a small bunker guarding the left side
  • #18 is a great 562 yard par 5 with a green set at a 90 degree angle off the left side of the fairway - plus there is water the entire left side that goes in front of a huge oblong green as well as the entire left and some of the back of the green

The Llano Grande Golf Course fairways are flat and generous with a wide playable rough and a scattering of small trees and palms.  A number of the holes are side by side and if you spray it you've got a playable shot from the other fairway.  Since the fairways are so wide we didn't see any players in our fairway and I didn't hit any one in the other fairway. The fairways were in near perfect condition.

The greens range from tiny to above average size, with most being a tad smaller than normal.  Most are raised and have some slope - a few have some slope and contour. They were in pretty good shape with some having several damaged areas.  The were running true, a little slow (8 or so), and were a little bumpy when we played.

The few bunkers are tiny, with soft but thin sand, and small lips.  You may get lucky and roll out of the bunkers. 

Bottom line - a good course that's fair for all levels of play, has a few great holes, and good conditions plus a great opportunity to turn in a low scoring round.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,327 70.4 114
White 5,792 68.3 114
Gold 6,718 72.3 119
Red 4,957 69.9 114

Course Information

Greens Type:
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Beware of water on 11 holes and the 4 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

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


Approximate Weekend
$23.00 to $23.00

The pro shop has limited gear, the practice facitlites are adequate, and the bar and grill has breakfast and burgers and sandwiches. The staff and all of the players we met were outgoing and very friendly. No bathrooms on the back nine, so stop by the pro shop before you head out.



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.