Golf

The climate and tropical environment make Brownsville a perfect golfing location all year. The seven challenging courses along with many more within a short drive provide lots of variety of play. Some of the links are about the resacas and lakes, which test golfers' skills and abilities. Golfing in Brownsville is affordable with rates for 18 holes starting at as little as $10. Pro shops, cart rentals, and clubhouses are available at all the courses to make your experience a quality one. Additionally, Brownsville has a lighted driving range for those wanting to practice the drives and swings. Whatever your golfing interests, the public and private facilities in Brownsville are certain to meet your needs.

The seven golf courses are:

  • Brownsville Golf Center
  • Fort Brown Memorial Golf Course
  • Valley International Country Club
  • River Bend Golf Course
  • Rancho Viejo Resort (two 18-hole courses)
  • South Padre Island Golf Club

Brownsville Municipal Golf Course

No ratings or reviews so far | Submit your rating 1800 W San Marcelo Blvd
Brownsville, Texas 78526
Cameron County Phone(s): (956) 541-2582
18 Holes | Public golf course | Par: 70 | 6049 yards | ... details »

The Brownsville Muni is the perfect place to build your confidence and work on your game, especially in this day and age of championship layouts that torture the average hacker. The fairways are wide open and the large greens, although fast, offer a generous target for the wayward approach shot. The only catch is that water comes into play on most holes.

Hole 2 (only 328 yards) is one of those holes, and with an approach needing to carry about 100 yards of water, is considered one of the most challenging. Despite this testy second hole, the front nine is where you have the best opportunity to go low. The front is void of par 5s, and is featured by seven par 4s, most of which are under 330 yards. In fact, No. 8 is only 278 yards. The back can hurt you with longer par 4s and three par 5s, including the monster 18th hole at 626 yards.

Getting there : From Hwy 77 driving south, exit FM 802 and turn left. Travel to Jose Marti and turn left again. When you reach San Marcelo, turn left. The entrance is on the right side of the road.

Fort Brown Memorial Golf Course

No ratings or reviews so far | Submit your rating 300 River Levee Rd
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Cameron County Phone(s): (956) 541-0394
18 Holes | Public golf course | Par: 72 | 6072 yards | ... details »

Fort Brown Memorial is a short, charming 18-hole public course that was built on the historic grounds of Fort Brown in the 1950s. We recommend that you take in the atmosphere by walking this course, as the terrain is flat and easy to negotiate. Fort Brown serves up a 230-yard par 3 as its finishing hole, which generally plays into the prevailing wind.

Be sure to take advantage of the one-night Paradise Golf Package at the Holiday Inn Fort Brown (956-546-2201), which features breakfast and 18 holes with a cart.

Getting there : From Hwy. 77 south, drive until the road ends and turn right on International Blvd. Proceed over the International Bridge and make a left on Ft Brown Rd. Go to the end of Ft. Brown Rd. and turn left on River Levee (Little League Park).

Par-3 at Valley International Country Club

No ratings or reviews so far | Submit your rating FM 802 And Expy 77
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Cameron County Phone(s): (956) 546-5331
9 Holes | Resort golf course | Par: 27 | 1052 yards | ... details »

The par 3 Executive Course (1,052 yards) features small greens and narrow fairways lined by houses. These tiny greens are difficult to hit, so your short irons must be on or you'll be working on your up and downs. Like the big course, this layout incorporates several small lakes. Ladies and men play from the same set of tees on this course.

River Bend Resort & Country Club

No ratings or reviews so far | Submit your rating Route 8
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Cameron County Phone(s): (956) 548-0192
18 Holes | Resort golf course | Par: 72 | 6828 yards | ... details »

Set along the Rio Grande River, this is a scenic course with spectacular views. The front nine was built in 1987, and the back nine followed in 1992. The highlight of the course is what is perhaps the longest water hazard in Texas, the Rio Grande River, which flows along holes 5 through 13 on the left side of the fairway.

Narrow fairways and grass bunkers make the course tough, especially when the wind is howling, as it is tough to hit the small, firm greens. Water is everywhere. No. 14 is the only hole without water. The par 3 17th hole, with its island greens, headlines a series of demanding par 3 holes. The last hole plays 434 yards into the wind and has out-of-bounds on either side of the fairway.

Getting there : From Harlingen take Hwy. 77 south. When you come to Hwy. 802 turn right, then continue until you reach Hwy 281. Turn right again and drive approximately 2.5 miles to the course

Valley International Country Club


No ratings or reviews so far | Submit your rating 95 Country Club Rd
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Cameron County Phone(s): (956) 546-5331
18 Holes | Resort golf course | Par: 70 | 6538 yards | ... details »

Set amongst the tall palm trees and tropical conditions, this 18-hole course was one of the first tracks in the Rio Grande Valley. Built on both sides of the coastal tributary, water comes into play on 12 holes. Beware of the wind, but when it's calm your tee shots will find wide fairways and generous landing areas, and the approaches are into medium-sized greens with an average speed. Get to know the speed of these fair greens and you will start rolling in 10-20 footers with confidence.

Hole 4 is the number one handicap and plays 422 yards from the tips, where water crosses the fairway in the landing area and menaces over the right side of the hole. Other notable holes are the long par 3 10th hole with its peninsula green, as well as the 17th (512-yard par 5), which is loaded with water on the right that crosses in front of the green.

Getting there : On south Hwy. 77, exit FM 802 and turn right. Proceed to McAllen Rd and turn left, where the road eventually dead-ends at the parking lot.

 


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