Review of Tascosa Golf Club La Paloma Course
Tascosa Golf Club in northwestern Amarillo is the premier residential and golf community in the Panhandle and its home to some huge beautiful homes, a resort style clubhouse, pool complex, tennis center, and two outstanding private 18 hole golf courses - La Paloma and Tascosa. Each of two courses are a little different and each has it's own unique personality and characteristics:
La Paloma opened as a 9 hole course in 1999 and was originally designed by Robert von Hagge and redesigned by Jeff Blume who also designed the second nine. We would characterize this course as similar to a link style course with rolling, sloping, and heavily contoured fairways, lots of berms and swales, and plenty of large bunkers.
The first hole of La Paloma sets the stage for what to expect on this par 35 nine - it's a 431 yard par 4 with an elevated tee shot down a multi-terraced roller coaster fairway lined with mounds plus a huge sprawling bunker, a deep grassy ravine about 150 yards short of the green, and an uphill shot to the green guarded by 3 more big bunkers! During the rest of this nine you'll find a great risk reward shot, plenty of rolling contoured fairways with big berms and some deep swales, a challenging two tiered dog bone shapped green, natural areas if you miss the fairways, big bunkers, and some uphill and down hill shots. Plus a fun 186 yard par 3 that's all carry over a lake to the green. On this nine you're likely to spot a bobcat or a fox!
We liked the back nine of Tascosa's La Paloma course a little better than the front. It's not in quite as good of condition because the terrain and soil are very different than the front. Although it's a par 36 its a little shorter than the front, it requires more strategic shot making, has some huge beautiful homes overlooking the fairways, and has some outstanding holes like:
When we played in August 2013, the front nine fairways and rough were in very good condition while the back was in good but not great condition. All of the fairways have some combination of mounding, swales, contour, slope, or ups and downs. The back nine is lined with huge beautiful homes that could come into play if your really spray the ball. Portions of some of the roughs are a mixture of bare dirt spots and a variety of grasses.
The bent greens at Tascosa's La Paloma course were in near perfect condition. The seem a little smaller than normal, are a wide variety of shapes, and most have some contour, tiers, and slope. They held the ball well, ran true if you could read them, and ran at a great speed of 10 to 11. Three putts were not uncommon for us.
The bunkers were also near perfect with great sand. Most had small lips making it possible, if you came in low, to hit in and roll out. We weren't playing well but for some reason, we avoided all of the bunkers excluding the three we hit in and rolled out!
Bottom line - La Paloma is an excellent private course with good conditions, a great layout, and some demanding but fair holes.
Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400
Service is very good, the pro shop has a very good supply of everything, the practice faciities are good, the club house has men and women's lockers, and the restaurant has some very good food - loved the green chili cheesburger!
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.