Tierra Del Sol Golf Club is owned and operated by the City of Pharr and is a very traditional and straightforward 18 holes. From each of the tee boxes you can typically see that pin and what you're up against. You will have to manage some creeks and ponds that can come into play on 15 holes, a couple dog legs, and one or two challenging approaches. If you can keep the ball in the fairways, which are ample, you'll have a good round at a very reasonable value.
Most of the holes are very similar - straight ahead, a little water that can come into play, a bunker or two to avoid, and oval greens - with reasonable yardages that offer some good opportunities for birdies. A couple holes are fun, for example:
The back nine seemed that is was a little more fun, in a little better condition, and the greens were tougher - some skinny ovals and most had more slope and some undulation.
The fairways were in pretty good shape and most are ample off the tee box - bring out the big dog and let it rip, but if you spray it there is a good probability you/re wet. The roughs are ample and some are thicker than others and can be a little tough to get out of.
The greens are small to average size and all have some minor and very manageable slope. They were a tad slow and a little bumpy and in fair to good condition.
The bunkers, except for a few that had redone with some soft thick sand, were terrible - little to no sand and some were packed firm dirt! The good news is they have small lips and you might get lucky and roll out.
The first few holes on the front must play along a sewage plant or something that doesn't smell that good.
The pace of play can be very slow thanks to the course popularity, fivesomes, walkers, and lots of seniors.
Rates: $35.00 to $35.00
Service is ok, the pro shop has the basics, and there is a range to warm up on. The grill has the basics.
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.