Review and Rating of Sonora Golf Club in Sonora, Texas
Sonora Golf Club is owned by the City of Sonora and it opened for play in 1968. The terrain sits on the edge of the hill country but the course fairways are flat and tree lined. Sonora Golf Club is an excellent course for beginners and high handicappers thanks to few hazards and fairly wide fairways and playable roughs. Most of the holes are straight ahead and you can see what you're up against.
That said Sonora Golf Club has a couple of dog legs, water on 4 holes, two bunkers guarding the greens, a couple forced carries, and some trees in the middle of several fairways that can cause a problem. Some of the holes that we liked include:
The fairways at Sonora Golf Club are ample, flat, and tree-lined and the rough is wide - miss both and you're under trees (typically fairly easy to get to the fairway) or lost in the native areas with lots of colorful red, white, yellow, and purple wildflowers. When we played the fairways ranged from a variety of weeds, grass, and dandelions and a few ant piles to grass and in pretty good condition. The course is cart path only but there are cart paths on both sides of the fairway and a crossing usually halfway to the hole that takes you to the other side.
The greens at Sonora Golf Club are relatively small, some are raised, some are turtleback, and most have a small false front. The slope can be challenging but the green are smooth, soft, roll a little slow, and hold the ball well. Generally speaking, they were in very good shape, as were the tee boxes.
The sand in the Sonora Golf Club bunkers was soft, fairly fluffy, and thick. The lips facing the green are tall but sides are low and you might get lucky and roll out.
We were pleasantly surprised with the conditions for a country course, with few members, low rates, and limited staff and resources.
Rates: $10.00 to $25.00
Service is country friendly and the course is not staffed in the morning until noon but there are carts available to take on the honor system. There is a driving range but no putting green.
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.