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September 2013

2014 18th Annual EVENT

2ND Annual RGV Golf Course Guide

Presented by :

PlainsCapital Bank March 1 at Palm view golf course

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16 IT’S VAMOS TIME PlainsCapital Bank has come into the Rio Grande Valley and is already making an impact - this time becoming the presenting sponsor for the 18th annual VAMOS Cup Golf Tournament at Palm View Golf Course on March 1.

What’s Inside

8 68 FOOD: High class food, great prices at VICC.

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A NEW MILLER: What’s Your Fortune?

TECHNOLOGY: A new super simulator at Golf Headquarters.

TRAVEL: Valley residents hit the links at TPC Sawgrass.

SPECIAL THANKS: VAMOS has done more than its share when it comes to education in the RGV.

12 HIGH SCHOOL RANKING: Any of the RGV teams make the rankings? Check it out.

74 LAGNIAPPE: Remember what that word means? Joey Dowden reminds us.

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GOLF DIRECTORY

DAVID DEANDA JR.

Take a glance at the golf courses across the Rio Grande Valley.

David Deanda is president of Lone Star National Bank - but faith and family come first (and golf comes after work).

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PRO PROFILE: A little bit about the pro at the Palms at Mid-Valley, Joe Powell.

80 RUNNING WILD: Not all shoes - or all feet - are created equal.


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My parents always stressed education. My dad quit school in third grade in New York and my mom left school in sixth grade to work at a shrimp factory Henry Miller is Publisher of South in Louisiana to help the family pay the Texas Golf. He has more than 25 years bills. of publishing experience, has written sports for more than 150 newspapers, They didn’t want me to go through covered the Olympics, NASCAR, Major what they went through. League Baseball and other sports. He School, they drilled through my mind, has been syndicated on radio in more was the way to freedom. That my educathan 70 markets and loves to golf. tion would reward me in many ways. His 9-year-old daughter Camilla has The sacrifices they made then cona wicked left-handed swing and also tinue to benefit me now. Though they enjoys track, volleyball, karate and have long passed, I know how proud they fashion. They live in McAllen, Texas. would be to see their son a writer and their granddaughter a brilliant student. My dad worked on a farm, he labored on the oil rigs and made a career of being a custodian at a high school in New York. He loved that latter job because he could always meet new people. His job discouraged him though because he could never get that promotion - although it was available more than once - as the head custodian. He couldn’t read the paperwork, however, and therefore no promotion. He couldn’t read, yet he taught me to read - covering the labels of food at the grocery story and making me spell what the photo was. He couldn’t do math but taught me by having me bring a calculator when we went shopping and adding up the groceries - I found it challenging and fun. Similarly my mom - she had a little more formal education - would help me with spelling as best she could, reading the vocabulary words to me and I would spell them back to her and tell her the definition. Sometimes she wouldn’t be able to read the word and I’d have to get a sneak peek. I hear similar stories throughout the Valley of parents stressing an education to their children. I applaud them. And I applaud VAMOS - the 18th annual VAMOS Cup tournament will be held Saturday, March 1 at Palm View Golf Course. More than $20,000 in prizes will be awarded and proceeds from the tournament will benefit VAMOS’ initiative to provide four-year renewable scholarships to Rio Grande Valley students. Because of VAMOS - the Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities and Scholarships, Valley children have gone to the best schools - from Texas to UCLA to Harvard. There is no boundary to this organization’s vision. Led by Dr. Armando Moncada, the VAMOS Golf Committee Chairman, Maritza Rodriguez, VAMOS Executive Director, the new presenting sponsor Plains Capital Bank and, of course, founder Alonzo Cantu - more kids will have more opportunities to receive the best education available. Thank you VAMOS for helping students dream bigger than ever. Because of you, so many have achieved those dreams - and many more will continue to achieve. For more information on the VAMOS Cup, call Maritza Rodriguez at (956) 6311273.

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MARCH 1 AT PALM VIEW GOLF COURSE

[Southtexas Golf #1] 1 PROFILE: DAVID DEANDA * NEW TECHNOLOGY VICC, TIERRA DOL SOL GOLF GRUB * MILLER’S NEW BREW

On the cover: Johnny Oliva, VAMOS Board Vice President, Albert Chapa, PlainsCapital Bank Market President, Paul Rodriguez, VAMOS Board Member and Mo, PlainsCapital mascot Photo by: Tiki Tillman Photography (tikitillmanphotos.com)

Staff Henry Miller - Publisher henry@stexasgolf.com (956) 607-9210 Joey Dowden - Advertising Director joey@stexasgolf.com (956) 607-0853 David DeLeon Henry Miller Designers Tiki Tillman Photography Photographer

Volume 2, Isssue 1. February 2014. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the prior written consent of the publisher. Views and opinions expressed in this publication are strictly those of the writers, photographers and contributors, and are not necessarily those of South Texas Golf or its publisher. Every effort has been taken to ensure the correctness and accuracy in the material published in this magazine. South Texas Golf reserves the right to edit, rewrite and refuse editorial materials and assumes no responsibility for accuracy, errors, omissions or consequence arising from it. South Texas Golf shall be held harmless and indemnified against any third-party claims. Advertisements appearing in South Texas Golf present only the viewpoint of the advertisers. South Texas Golf is printed in the U.S.A. All correspondence to the publication become the property of South Texas Golf Magazine. South Texas Golf Magazine is published by H&J Publications. Copyright 2013. To advertise in South Texas Golf call (956) 607-0853 or email southtexasgolf@gmail.com


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SHORT SHOTS A collection of tidbits brought to you by...

WIZARD’S WORD

The truth about choosing the right golf ball really involves the skill level of the golfer. The balls the pros use are not necessarily the best ball for you. These balls deliver high spin rates that can cause the ball to go further off the line or balloon up into the wind. A softer ball with less

spin is easier to play in the wind, hit it straight, and affords you more roll than a pro ball... and the best news is they are less than half the price of the pro balls!

Bill Hayter - Golf Headquarters owner, has been helping RGV Golfers improve their game and their equipment for more than 37 years.

Rancho Viejo’s Bullock garners national award for second straight year facebook.com/southtexasgolf

NEW FACES There are two new golf pros in the RGV. Chris Meade has taken over at South Padre Island Golf Course while Adolfo Cubriel has been named the new golf pro at Monte Cristo Golf Course.

God and Golf In this edition of God and Golf we will finish up our GAME acronym. Give up on gimmicks, Aim for consistency, Maintain a firm grip, and finally Enjoy the Game! Personally, I’m really enjoying the game. For several reasons I’ve decided not to take golf so seriously. Not that I don’t care about my scores, because I do! But I started playing late in life, it’s not how I make a living, and I don’t have the time to dedicate to becoming great (whatever great is for a weekend golfer). Quoting Chuck Swindoll, “I am

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Wendy Werley Bullock, Rancho Viejo Resort and Country Club’s Director of Sports & Wellness, was named a U.S. Kids Golf Team Top 10 Teacher for 2013. Bullock received the award at a dinner on the final day of the PGA Show in Orlando in January. It’s the second consecutive year Bullock has earned the honor. “Thank you John Godwin and the U.S. Kids Golf Team for awarding me the Top 50 Teacher's award for 2013!” Bullock posted on her Facebook page. “I am extremely honored, appreciative and very grateful that I was able to receive an award for doing what I love!”

convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I respond to it.” Like most golfers I was convinced that if I play better I will enjoy the game more. However, I have found the opposite to be true. The more I enjoy the game the better I play. The same is true in our lives. Most of us believe if everything was going better (i.g. we had more money, fewer arguments with our spouse, less trouble with our kids) we could enjoy life more. I’m telling you that is not true! In fact it is just the opposite. If you will enjoy life everything will go better. Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your hearts desire.

Here is my pastoral advice in a nutshell. Show more appreciation for your wife, kids, and job. Get a pushcart or carry bag and start walking the course. Enjoying life might actually be that simple! In His Grip, Phil

Phil Corzine is an avid golfer and pastor at CFC McAllen, 2201 Trenton Road. Visit their website www.cfcmcallen.com


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SCHEDULES/RANKINGS Feature name TEXAS STATE HIGH SCHOOL GOLF RANKINGS BOYS 5A 1) Austin Westlake 2) Conroe The Woodlands 3) Amarillo Tascosa 4A 1) Austin Vendegrift 2) Crosby 3) Northwest Nelson 3A 1) Andrews 2) Llano 3) Argyle 2A 1) Salado 2) Godley 3) Paradise

GIRLS 5A 1) Allen 2) Plano West 3) Austin Lake Travis 4A 1) Montgomery 2) Humble Kingwood Park 3) Aledo 3A 1) Andrews 2) Snyder 3) Lampasas 2A 1) Salado 2) Lamesa 3) Red Oak Life

2013-2014 HIGJ SCHOOL VALLEY GOLF SCHEDULE DATE HOST Feb. 10 Brownsville Vets Feb. 14-15 Edinburg ISD Feb. 21-22 Border Olympics Feb. 28-March 1 Border Olympics Feb. 28-March 1 Mercedes High March 6-8 La Joya ISD March 17 RGVGCA March 21-22 RGVGCA

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LOCATION River Bend GC Monte Cristo GC Max GC (Laredo) Max GC (Laredo) Palms at Mid-Valley Martin Valley GC River Hills GC SCHRIENER GC

PGA SCHEDULE

Feb. 13-16 Feb. 19-23 Feb. 27-March 2 March 6-9 March 13 March 20

Northern Trust Open World Golf Championship The Honda Classic Puerto Rico Open Valspar Championship Arnold Palmer Invitational

CBS CBS GOLF/NBC GOLF/NBC GOLF/NBC GOLF/NBC

LPGA SCHEDULE Feb. 13-16 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Feb. 20-23 Honda LPGA Thailand Feb. 27-March 2 HSBC Women’s Champions March 20-23 LPGA Founders Cup March 27-30 Kia Classic CHAMPIONS SCHEDULE Feb. 7-9 Allianz Championship Feb. 14-16 ACE Group Classic March 14-16 Toshiba Classic March 21-23 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic FED-EX CUP STANDINGS 1) Jimmy Walker 1233 points 2) Chris Clark 931 3) Harris English 896 4) Zach Johnson 810 5) Webb Simpson 795

6) Ryan Moore 7) Dustin Johnson 8) Brian Stuard 9) Patrick Reed 10) Scott Stallings

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PERFECT YOUR SWING WITH THE RIGHT CLUB Golf Headquarters’ new simulator will give you all the information you need (and probably more!)

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here used to be a time when everyone had a different swing. Notably most recently as an example is Jim Furyk. According to Wikipedia, it's described like this: Furyk's trademark looping golf swing begins with a setup that has the ball at the heel of the club instead of the center, or even out at the toe. This moves his 6 ft 2 in frame in so close that his hands are virtually touching his thighs. Most golfers would have a difficult time with a golf club from such a starting point. Golf commentator David Feherty has described it as "an octopus falling out of a tree". Others have noted it reminds them of "a one-armed golfer using an axe to kill a snake in a telephone booth.” But Furyk may be the last of generations to have a swing set apart so far from what is now considered the norm. Technology goes a long way in determining the perfect setup, perfect swing and perfect stance – eliminating outliers and helping golfers reach the optimum in every facet of the game. Golf Headquarters' founder and owner Bill Hayter has seen this transformation over the year and has recently invested in a $50,000 simulator that will load you up with more data than you thought humanly possible regarding your swing and your clubs. The only thing it doesn't seem to do is prepare coffee for you. “This will give you your launch angle, your backspin rate, your sidespin rate, your ball speed, your club speed and anything else relevant to your swing. “What you find is that it's not always the golfer – a lot of times it's that the golfer doesn't have the best choice of a club for him or her.” Simply put, his new simulator is an amazing piece of equipment. You can choose your venue, the wind speed, the wind direction, the type of ground you're playing on – even the sky. If you have enough money and room at your house, you can even buy one and play full rounds of golf – minus the walking 18 holes part. “You can practice on this machine, play a full round, hit 7-irons to see your consistency and do things like check the lie of the club at impact,” Hayter said. “Maybe your club is too long or too short. The data we receive from this is incredible.” Hayter said the upgrade meant changing from radardriven data gathering to multiple cameras and the newest software available on the market. “We have a lot of people who are coming in to buy hybrids,” Hayter said as an example. “They are usually looking to fill a particular yardage gap and with our new simulator we can determine which hybrid fits their needs.” “It really is an amazing piece of machinery.” The simulator is located at the McAllen Golf Headquarters location – located at 2224 N. 10th St. Not only will it dazzle you with information, by then it may even be able to make your coffee as well.


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Feature name COVER STORY: 18TH ANNUAL VAMOS CUP

Pictured above with the $50,000 check from presenting sponsor PlainsCapital Bank to the 18th annual VAMOS Cup are: Eliseo Salinas, VAMOS Board Member; Lauro Tijerina, VAMOS Scholar; Sonia Falcon, VAMOS Board President; Albert Chapa, PlainsCapital Bank Market President; Paul Rodriguez, VAMOS Board Member; Michael Williamson, PlainsCapital Bank; Larry Gonzalez, PlainsCapital Bank.

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›› Not long after PlainsCapital Bank moved into the Rio Grande Valley, PlainsCapital Market President and VAMOS Board Member Albert Chapa talked to PlainsCapital Corporation Chairman and CEO Alan B. White about the bank being involved with the 18th annual VAMOS Cup Golf Tournament.

“Mr. White had three questions for me,” Chapa said “Number 1, will it help the community? I said YES. Number 2, will it make the Valley a better place to live? I said YES. Number 3, will it make a difference in someone’s life? I said YES. He looked at me and said ‘let’s get it done.’”

Past VAMOS Scholar Lauro Tijerina

Some of those questions White raised have already been affirmed. PlainsCapital recently presented VAMOS a check for $50,000 and is now the presenting sponsor for the 18th annual VAMOS Cup Golf Tournament, to be held Saturday, March 1 at Palm View Golf Course. That money will be used toward awarding graduating high school seniors with a four year renewable scholar-

ship ranging from $8,000 to $20,000. Since its establishment, the Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities and Scholarships has awarded Valley students with scholarships worth more than $7.3 million. Alan B. White, PlainsCapital Corporation Chairman and CEO, spontaneously answered another question when he announced the award of an additional

$5,000 scholarship to Lauro Tijerina, a recent UTPA graduate and VAMOS scholar who is beginning Dentistry School at UT next semester. “I really didn’t expect that,” said Tijerina, a first-generation college graduate. “That was incredible. I thought he (Alan White) was talking about the VAMOS scholarship and then it sunk in. I’m just so appreciative of this opportunity.”

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COVER STORY: 18TH ANNUAL VAMOS CUP Feature name Chapa, who has been a driving force in raising money and reaching the goal of $1 million each year, said that he’s seen the difference the program makes - not just with the scholarships given to students (“165 are in the pipeline now” he said,) but also with a unique mentorship program that pairs the new college student with a professional in the same field of study. “A lot of students are first-generation graduates and college students,” Chapa said. “They may not have or know someone who can answer some questions. This gives them that resource.” Tijerina said the opportunity to be paired with someone in the same field he was preparing for made him feel that his high school work was not ignored. “I carry a sense of pride being a VAMOS Scholar,” he said. “The program is more than just financial aid too. It’s very comforting to see others so interested in my success, telling me ‘we believe in you.” White said that he couldn’t think of a better cause or program than VAMOS to be involved with regarding the Rio Grande Valley Community. “We are not some huge bank without feelings and where everyone is a number,” he said. “We care for the community. We want to be an active part of the community. This certainly shows a commitment to our new community.” Sonia Falcon, VAMOS Board President, said every year the challenge gets tougher and tougher to reach the financial goals VAMOS puts in place. With members like Chapa, and a presenting sponsor like PlainsCapital, these goals continue to be met. “We have to step it up every year - and PlainsCapital certainly stepped it up,” Falcon said. “They believe in our cause and they’ve shown the love they have for the Valley. “This is about education. It’s education that will make us all rich.” For more inforamtion about VAMOS or the Vamos Cup call Maritza Rodriguez at (956) 631-1273 or email her at maritza@ vamosscholars.org. You can also see more at www.facebook. com/vamosrgv.

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Above, PlainsCapital Bank mascot Mo holds the VAMOS Cup at Palm View Golf Course. Below, KRGV Channel 5 Chief Meteorologist Tim Smith works with his crew and PlainsCapital Bank and VAMOS members to promote the March 1 VAMOS Cup presented by PlainsCapital Bank. (www.tikitillmanphotos.com)


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A Look Back at the 2013 VAMOS CUP at Palm View Golf Course

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Reflections on FAITH, FAMILY, WORK and GOLF With Lone Star National Bank President

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s he gazed out over the majestic Pacific and the ocean breeze swept over him in awe-like fashion, David Deanda Jr. took a moment to give thanks. Here he was golfing on the world-famous and beautiful Pebble Beach Golf Course. Not only was he playing on the same course that has hosted five U.S. Opens and a sixth in 2019, but he was en route to a career-best round of 85. But that score was just icing on the cake. “Really, I was thinking 'what a beautiful thing God has created,” said Deanda, President of Lone Star National Bank. “We're seeing deer on the course and then we see Spanish Bay and all I could think of was how awesome our God is to create these opportunities. “The golf course is a great way to help remind us about His work, not necessarily our work here – but that all business is supposed to be used to build His kingdom.” Deanda approaches the most important aspects of his life with a Christfirst mentality, from family to work and even the golf course. As you talk with him it's easy to see his personality is real – driven, but humble, caring but not weak. Overseeing such a large operation – Lone Star National Bank has 33 locations across South Texas – is clearly a stressful deal. Deanda, however, carries a peace with him that he credits with his faith and support of a strong, loving family. While God, family and work all come first, Deanda likes to hit the links especially after a long, hard week. And he doesn't mind either way if he's with a group, or out there on his own. “I’ll go out there at 7 in the morning and they'll call us the early birds or old guys. But to get to the course and see the dew on the grass and see the flag – sometimes totally limp and other times blowing when the southwest wind is going – it's just so peaceful.

“The game itself is a lot like life. Each day the golf course can play totally different – but you still have to play it. Then you have your great shots and your bad shots and your flubs. You're in the sand one time, down the middle another. You can go out there and shoot an 80 one day and a 100 the next. All that happens in 18 holes.” Deanda took up golf at an early age after realizing that baseball probably wasn't going to be in his future. His dad recommended it to him. “He told me that you get to hit the ball every day, every time. That you're not waiting on anybody and you can play it all your life. He stopped playing for a while and then picked it back up again when he came to McAllen to start working for then Texas State Bank. He fondly recalls his wife buying a set for him and the family hiding them all over the house. Club by club and room by room he roamed until his set was complete. And when it comes time to talk about his family, a smile comes across Deanda's face and it's clear that his family is second to none when it comes to what's important. “I believe that God has a vision and an idea to what and where we are going to be in life and he put my wife there for me to be the most instrumental person in my life,” he said. “She has pushed me and gotten me to levels I never thought I'd reach in my life. She's always supported me and has never said 'don't do this' or 'don't do that.' If I

“Golf is about relationships.

Over 18 holes you get to learn a lot about the person. You learn their strengths, their weaknesses and their temperament and what gets to them.

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have a big decision to make she'll just look at me and tell me 'you know what to do – pray about it.'” His son Robert, 30, is a local attorney who is opening his own firm. He also has a 16-year-old daughter Alyse, a junior at Sharyland High School. “For the longest time we thought Robbie was going to be a pastor but didn't want to push him one way or another,” Deanda said. “I've learned more about the Word of God from him than anyone. He was the son that never wanted or never asked for anything.

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Feature nameDEANDA PROFILE: DAVID “Alyse is the same in her own way – but it's all about the shoes and the bows and the makeup. Everything has to match. My wife can sit and talk with them just for hours. These are the people I surround my self with.” Deanda has the same approach with the people he surrounds himself with at Lone Star National Bank. He said excellent people with excellent character bring the same type of results. “I think my officers have heard about the Ms and Ws in every team meeting we've had for the past 20 years. Those are the “me” or “we” people. I don't care if people know who runs Lone Star National Bank, if the organization runs every day and we are serving people like serving God, we're going to get our customers. You have to have a servant's heart in this business and there's a huge difference between me and we. “Without the customer, the bank is none of this. It's all about relationships.” And that brings it all back to the golf

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course, a place where Deanda enjoys hanging with a group of fellow golfers, talking about topics from business to family to faith. Golf is about relationships. Over 18 holes you get to learn a lot about the person. You learn their strengths, their weaknesses and their temperament and what gets to them. “I like to have the chance to have a good conversation with a group of guys for a few hours. It's all about building God's kingdom and people don't like to talk about it in this (banking) environment. If you talk about it out there people let loose and sometimes people ask questions. It's a really good thing. “I learn a lot about people's character on the golf course – and character is number one in business. Things can get difficult and will get difficult – I assure you. Are we going to work through it together or just give up? If you can figure out the character, you can work through those times.”


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While Alamo Country Club may be a “senior retirement community,” with 40 clubs and dozens of activities to do - plus golf - nobody really is retired COURSE NAME: Alamo Country Club

ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: For residents only

ADDRESS: 920 North Tower Rd. Alamo, TX 78516

YARDAGE: Blue – 2,332 (4,664 to play 18) White – 2,216 (4,432 to play 18)

PHONE: (956) 787-0908 EMAIL: accfd@sbcglobal.net WEBSITE: myalamocountryclub.com COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Pete Ledezma PRO SHOP MANAGER: Lindsey Moravitz PAR: 35 (9-hole course)

FAIRWAY GRASS: Bermuda ROUGHS: Bermuda OTHER COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: Surrounded by lakes and trees No. 3 is signature hole OTHER FACILITIES: It has separate areas for driving range, putting green, chipping range and pro shop

 ACC is in south Texas in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley and is located on the southeast corner of Tower Road and FM 495 in Alamo, Texas. Alamo is just north of the Mexican border and a one-hour drive from South Padre Island.

Alamo Country Club’s new nature park haven has been the home of several rare birds and butterflies sightings.

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“THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY.” Alamo Country Club is a retirement community with FREE golf for their residents. Residents play on a beautifully landscaped, well maintained private 9-hole course. There are also areas for pitching, chipping & putting and a driving range. A golf pro shop is available in our large club house. There are many tournaments and golf outings throughout the year. The course is open all year. Closed on Mondays. The County Club includes a large swimming pool & spa, exercise & workout room, library, card room, meeting room, large social hall, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts and an outdoor picnic pavilion. It is a certified Texas Wildlife Habitat with nature walking trails. RV storage is available.


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Brownsville Golf Center has some of the largest greens in the Valley. Of course, that could mean you’re putting from a long ways! COURSE NAME: Brownsville Golf Center ADDRESS: 1800 San Marcelo, Brownsville, Texas PHONE: (956) 541-2582 GOLF COURSE COORDINATOR: Jaime Rivera GOLF COURSE SUPERVISOR: Hector Burnias ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: 30

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PAR: 70 YARDAGE: Blue – 6,144 White – 5,652 Red – 5,091 FAIRWAY GRASS: Bermuda ROUGHS: Bermuda OTHER FACILITIES: Chipping area Putting green Pro shop & Snack bar

 You better have stamina – you’re going to end your round with a 600-yard Hole No. 18

 BGC has challenging par 3s

The Brownsville Golf Center is challenging, well-maintained golf course. Our par 3s are a challenge to any player. All our greens are large and roll nice and true. You will enjoy our great playing conditions on all our greens and fairways, ending your round on Hole No. 18, which is our longest fairway – a 600-yard hold that sharply angles left. A long, well-placed tee shot and great approach shot is the only way you will par this hole! We invite you to come and enjoy a great day of golf. Our staff is well trained and experienced to provide you with excellent customer service and a great golfing experience.


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You can play a great round of golf at the Southern tip of the States, and get a great history lesson at Fort Brown COURSE NAME: Fort Brown Memorial Golf Course ADDRESS: 300 River Levee Rd Brownsville TX, 78523 PHONE: 956-541-0394 WEBSITE: www.FortBrownGolf.com FACEBOOK/TWITTER: Fort Brown gGolf Course DIRECTOR OF GOLF: Robert Lucio GOLF PRO: Joseph Lucio

Par: 72 YARDAGE: Championship Tees: 6,150 Mens Tees: 6,020 Ladies Tees: 5,550 GREENS: Champion Bermuda FAIRWAY GRASS: Bermuda ROUGHS: Bermuda COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: Old Growth on the Rio Grande River, Site of Original Fort Texas 1846

OTHER FACILITIES ARCHITECT: City of Brownsville Pro Shop 19th Hole ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: Club Room Bob Lucio Super Bowl Classic, Driving Range Charro Days Invitational. Putting/chipping green Chip and putt short course COURSE INFO: Municipal, open to the public

 The Wildlife Corridor winds through the Fort Brown Golf Club

 Fort Brown is located at the tip of the U.S. - Mexico is just across the river.

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DID YOU KNOW? The Wildlife Corridor Winding through the course, The course is so close to Mexico there are signs that read “Do Not Hit Golf Balls Into Mexico”


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When you’re talking about the best golf courses in the Rio Grande Valley, Harlingen CC stacks right up there COURSE NAME: Harlingen Country Club ADDRESS: 5500 El Camino Real Harlingen, TX 78552 PHONE: (956) 412-4100 FAX: (956) 412-4123 WEBSITE: www.harlingencc.com GOLF PRO: Michael Fernuik, PGA ARCHITECT: Leon Howard ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: 36 member & outside events, including Life Begins at Forty In March and The South Texas Junior Golf Classic in June.

PAR: 72 YARDAGE: Black 6541 Blue 6261 White 5625 Red 5035 FAIRWAY GRASS: Champions ROUGHS: Champions GREENS: Champions FACILITIES: We offer a fully stocked pro shop, three practice areas including a driving range, chipping green and putting green. The clubhouse has three inside dining areas as well as an outdoor patio where a favorite beverage can be had.

 From golf course to all the amenities, Harlingen Country Club is a top-ofthe line destination

Harlingen Country Club is located just north of Expressway 83 after taking the Stuart Place Road Exit. You can’t miss the beautiful presentation

ABOUT HARLINGEN CC The Harlingen Country Club is committed to be the best family focused, private member owned Country Club in the Rio Grande Valley. We provide quality family activities for all our members that include Golf and Fitness, Swimming, Tennis, Dining and Entertainment. The Harlingen Country Club boasts one of the best golf courses in the Rio Grande Valley. MORE INFO Champions greens and course conditioning makes it the best golfing option in the Valley.

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Richard Hyslin ›› “Recent Works”

Opening Reception Thursday Jan 16, 2014 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Exhibition runs Jan. 16th - March 15th

“Recent work includes large steel arches, fabricated table top pieces and other pieces that use found materials recycled from scrap yards around South Texas. These pieces are cut, bent, welded in combination and otherwise transformed to create the sculptures”. - R. Hyslin Richard Hyslin is a sculptor and Professor of Art at the University of Texas-Pan American since 1968. He received his MA at the University of New Mexico. His home and sculpture studio are in Mission, TX.

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114 North A. Street, Harlingen, TX 78550 956-230-2859 Gallery Hours Tues - Fri 11:00AM - 7:00PM - Sat 10:00AM - 5:00PM www.beyondartsgallery.com

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COURSE NAME: Los Lagos Golf Club ADDRESS: 1720 S. Raul Longoria Edinburg, TX 78542 PHONE: (956) 316-0444 FAX: (956)289-8275 WEBSITE: www.edinburggolf. com FACEBOOK/TWITTER: Golf Edinburg DIRECTOR OF GOLF: Eddie Anderson, PGA GOLF PRO: Sixto Torres ARCHITECT: Von Hagge, Smelek & Baril ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: 50 COURSE INFO: Open to the Public and memberships available Green Fee with Cart Regularly $39 Twilight with Cart $26 Super-twilight with Cart $15 All-inclusive tournament packages from $45 per player

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PAR: 72 YARDAGE FROM TEES: Black 7188 74.7/132 Blue 6789 72.8/127 White 6211 70.1/132 Red 5561 72.8/120 Gold Speed Tees 5000 not rated FAIRWAY GRASS: TifDwarf 419 ROUGHS: Bermuda GREENS: TifEagle OTHER COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: Fourteen lakes and more than 70 sand bunkers come into play. The signature hole is the island green par-3 14th. The holes are bordered by rolling mounds and elevation changes add to this challenging course OTHER FACILITIES Driving range Large putting green Separate chipping green with practice bunker Full-service restaurant open every day and open to the public from dawn to dusk. Golf lessons and weekly clinics offered

 Los Lagos is a beautiful course with rolling hills, lakes and is made for the golfer who likes to make daring shots.

ABOUT LOS LAGOS: Opened in 2002, the Von Hagge designed golf course ranks regularly as the “Favorite Golf Course” in the Rio Grande Valley in the Readers’ Choice Awards. With sweeping mounds, lakes and bunkers surrounding the course, Los Lagos Golf Club provides a tough challenge for any golfer from the back tees, but is also senior and women friendly from the forward tees. Los Lagos is also a favorite among the thousands of Winter Texans who play here each winter. The public golf course is one of two owned by the City of Edinburg, an “All American City” designated community. The golf course is surrounded by the Los Lagos development, and other newly constructed neighborhoods where many of the area’s golfers call home. A “must play” in the Rio Grande Valley that is consistently called the best course south of San Antonio.


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Course Info: PAR: 1-18 is par 72, 19-27 is par 36 GRASS: Common Bermuda Tee boxes: Bermuda 419 Greens: Bermuda 328 and 419 COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: Lakes on 5 of the holes at Martin Valley, sand on 3 holes Signature Hole is No. 6., a beautiful par-5 with a large lake in front of the green. Golfers can try to reach the green in two with a great tee shot and try to go over the water and onto the green. The other option is to lay up and go around the lake.

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Located just seven miles west of Mission, Martin Valley Ranch is a 27-hole golf course that can challenge any level of golfer COURSE NAME: Martin Valley Ranch Golf Course ADDRESS: 7400 W. Exp. 83 Mission, Texas 78572 PHONE: 956-585-6330 WEBSITE: www.martinvalleyranch.com

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FACEBOOK/TWITTER: www. facebook.com/martinvalleyranch DIRECTOR OF GOLF: TBD ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: Several including, Palmview Crime Stoppers, La Joya Invitational, La Joya Superintendent Tournament

Wide open fairways make this a forgiving course, but a big slice can leave you a long distance away from your destination.

OTHER FACILITIES: Practice area with a driving net, Putting Green Restaurant Area: Restaurant is open only November to April COURSE DESCRIPTION: Martin Valley Ranch Golf Course is a great golf course located about 7 miles West of Mission, Texas. With lush Bermuda tees, fairways and greens, Martin Valley boasts 27 holes with a par-72 on the first 18 holes and a par-36 on the back nine. Martin Valley Ranch is great for all types of golfers from beginners to scratch players. Martin Valley Ranch offers a grill that is open during the winter and spring months of November thru April. Tournaments and golf outings are always welcomed here where arrangements can be made to suit everyone and ensure it will be a fun-filled event.


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Course Info: PAR: 71 / 72 YARDAGE: Gold 6,454 Blue 5,946 White 5,628 Red 5,164 FAIRWAY GRASS: Tifsport ROUGHS: Common Bermuda

 Strategically placed sand traps and trees aligning the tight fairways will definitely challenge golfer and make them have second thoughts about their next shot.

ADDRESS: 615 Wichita Ave., McAllen, TX 78503 PHONE: (956) 686-0923 WEBSITE: www.mcallencountryclub.com

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GOLF PRO: Mike Perez ARCHITECT: Jay Riviere ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: 20

OTHER FACILITIES: Three practice areas (putting green, chipping green, driving range) Full Service Proshop Tennis Facility Swimming Pool Member Dining McAllen Country Club offers its members a premiere championship 18-hole golf course. Unique to the Valley, the course is traditional in design, with smaller greens and tree-lined fairways earnings its reputation as the finest golf course in South Texas. Nestled in a luxurious setting, the course provides an outstanding challenge for the skilled devotee, yet appeals to the player of more modest abilities. Tee times are not needed and are not required. The Club PGA Golf Professional and staff supervise member tournaments for both men and women of all skill levels.

If you’re tackling McAllen CC, don’t let the yardage fool you - straight is more important than long here. COURSE NAME: McAllen Country Club

GREENS: Mini Verde

 McAllen CC has the perfect location - right near the airport and the mall so you can play, shop and run...err... fly.

For our junior golfers, programs are conducted throughout the year including tournaments and specialized training. Whether you have a regular weekend game or simply want to play a few relaxing holes after work, McAllen Country Club can accommodate your every need.


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2014 GOLF name DIRECTORY Feature OTHER FACILITIES: Pro Shop: Monte Cristo logo’d golf shirts and hats are a wonderful way to remember your visit. We always carry a complete line of accessories, apparel and other golf merchandise to compliment your game of golf. If we do not have what you are looking for talk to our Golf Professional Adolfo Cubriel for custom orders at 956-381-0965 Palacios Real Bar: Palacios Real Bar is ideal for dining with friends and family, or watching the big game after your round. Also, come join us for a drink at the Palacios Real Bar. We offer a full bar serving all your favorite spirits, wine and beers. Swimming: We have two pools to enjoy.

Monte Cristo continues to renovate and attract more golfers - it is fast becoming a Valley golf favorite. COURSE NAME: Monte Cristo Golf & Country Club ADDRESS: 2919 N. Kenyon Rd, Edinburg TX 78542 PHONE: 956-381-0965 FAX: 956-318-0201 WEBSITE: http://www.montecristogcc.com/ GOLF PRO: Adolfo Cubriel ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: Member Guest / Member Member, Thursday Sundowner Scramble begins in April - Septemeber, John Autry Scramble

Tennis: Enjoy tennis all day or at night under the lights. Email montepro12@yahoo. com or jp42map@yahoo. com to find out how to gain access to our tennis courts.

begins Jan-Mar. PAR: 71 YARDAGE Gold 6,392 Blue 6,014 White 5,373 Red 4,521 FAIRWAY GRASS: 419 Bermuda

GREENS: Tiff Dwarf SIGNATURE HOLE: 150-yard No. 12, a par-3 island green

Monte Cristo is located in Nort Edinburg and it’s worth the extra jaunt to play.

 The beautiful No. 3 signature hole will reward you – if you can keep the ball on the green.

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Monte Cristo Golf & Country Club is known as Edinburg’s home for golf. While our 18-hole championship golf course’s location near the Gulf of Mexico remains a main appeal. The native wildlife and vegetation make Monte Cristo an attraction to visitors and homeowners from around the world. Nevertheless, the golf course at Monte Cristo is a challenging test of skill for any golfer. With the added distraction of our beautiful South Texas landscape, selecting the proper club becomes an evermore important choice. You will also be happy to know that the greens on each hole were renovated as recently as 2003. We know you’ll enjoy your round of golf golf as often as you visit Monte Cristo Golf & Country Club. We look forward to serving you soon.


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Just like the name indicates, the Palms at Mid-Valley is a quiet golf course - but it still takes some great shots to tame it COURSE NAME: The Palms at Mid Valley ADDRESS: 15700 N. FM 491 Mercedes, TX 78570 PHONE: (956) 565-3211

course with approx. 1000 palms trees lining the fairways and water coming into play on 8 holes. PAR: 72

WEBSITE: Thepalmsatmidvalley.com

YARDAGE Red 4,864 White 5,739 Blue 6,570 Black 7,114

GOLF PRO: Joe Powell

FAIRWAY GRASS: Bermuda

ARCHITECT: John Aguillon

ROUGHS: Bermuda

ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: 40

SIGNATURE HOLE: No. 11 with its elevated green and demanding tee shot.

FAX: (956) 565-4553

COURSE INFO: Links Style

 The palms literally have a thousand palm trees throughout its course.

 Just North of Expressway 83, The Palms at Mid-Valley is centrally located for easy accessibility.

OTHER FACILITIES Range Putting green Pro shop Snack bar 18 Hole Championship course. Links style layout with water on eight holes and a thousand palms. Four sets of tees allow the player to choose the level of difficulty that they desire.

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Golf green. Course is home to PMS 286Palm blueView and 347 some of the biggest tournaments in the Rio Gande Valley.

Palmview Golf Course

17 Winter Texan Leagues

2701 S. Ware Road McAllen, Texas, 78503 (956) 681-3444 (tel) (956) 681-3447 (fax)

Course Information Par-72 5,779 yards – middle tees 6771 yards – back tees

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Fairways – 419 Bermuda Roughs – Common Bermuda

Director of Golf: Carlos Espinosa cespinosa@mcallen.net Architect: Charles Howard Tournaments Approximately 22 per year RGV API Fundraiser VAMOS McAllen Amateur Golf Championship

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17 man-made lakes Other facilities Lighted driving range – 350 yards, 11 target greens Teeing grounds on both ends of driving range Short-game practice area 10,000-square-foot practice putting green Remodeled clubhouse Fully stocked pro shop

Palm View is home to the Inter National Bank McAllen City Amateur

Aiming to become one of the premier golf courses in the state, the new Palm View was rebuilt by SAJO Construction in 1999 under the guidance of world-renowned architect Charles Howard.

Since reopening in 2000, it established itself as one of the premier golf facilities in South Texas, serving as the home course for approximately twenty-two (22) annual tournaments, including the famous RGV API Fundraiser, the prestigious VAMOS Golf Tournament and the McAllen Amateur Golf Championship.


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El Diablo Golf Course was built around eight lakes and resacas COURSE NAME: Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club / El Diablo ADDRESS: 1 Rancho Viejo Drive Rancho Viejo, Texas 78575 PHONE: (956) 350-4000 WEBSITE: www.rvrcc.com FACEBOK/TWITTER: Follow us on Facebook “Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club” Follow us on Twitter @RVRCC DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION: Wendy Werley Bullock, Class A LPGA Professional DIRECTOR OF GOLF: Stacy Amann ARCHITECT: Don Arpp

ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: 18 Annual Tournaments

PAR: 70 YARDAGE: Gold – 6821 Blue - 6315 White – 5979 Red - 5556 FAIRWAY GRASS: Common Bermuda ROUGHS: Common Bermuda MORE INFORMATION: Memberships, 50 Villa Suites, Swimming & Tennis, Fitness Center, Casual & Fine Dining, Group, Meeting Facilities

El Diablo hosted a PGA Tour Qualifying School in 1976

ABOUT EL DIABLO El Diablo golf course was selected as the host of the PGA Tour Qualifying School in the Fall of 1976, and the 2009 & 2010 host of the Duramed Futures Tour which is the LPGA’s developmental tour. Our members and resort guests enjoy competitive and social play on our manicured fairways suitable for all skill levels. RVRCC’s PGA Family Course Program makes golf more enjoyable for new golfers and children. Our very own Wendy Werley, LPGA Class A Golf Professional, was awarded the 2012 and 2013 US Kids Golf Top 50 teachers award for her contribution to golf by creating a standout year round junior golf program at the resort. Our PGA and LPGA professionals can help companies create memorable golf outings, and great team building events, making RVRCC the ideal resort for your next corporate outing and your family destination vacation.

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Municipal Golf Course Shary Golf Course continues to renovate its 27-hole facility. COURSE NAME: Shary Municipal Golf Course

PAR: 70 on holes 1-18, 36 on holes 19-27

ADDRESS: 2201 Mayberry, Mission, Texas

YARDAGE: Blue - 5,950 While – 5,575 Yellow – 5,350 Red – 4,700

PHONE: (956) 580-8770 EMAIL: sharygc@yahoo.com DIRECTOR OF GOLF: Paul Schaefer GOLF PRO: Paul Schaefer ARCHITECT: George Williams ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: Home of the Monday Nite Strike League. League has five flights. It starts in April and goes to the end of August. A nice alternative to scrambles. Call the Pro Shop for more information. COURSE INFO: 27-hole facility

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FAIRWAY GRASS: Common Bermuda ROUGHS: Common Bermuda COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 11 lakes and 32 sand traps are in play OTHER FACILITIES: Two practice putting greens Driving range Full service snack bar in the clubhouse and on hole No. 5 Fully stocked pro shop with special orders welcome

 Shary may look like a quiet course, but it can have a painful bite.

 Several par 4s are very tight and out of bounds on both sides.

COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is player friendly but can have an attitude if the course is set up for tournament play. Don’t let the yardage fool you – four of the par 3s go directly into the prevailing wind and make them longer than expected. Several par 4s are very tight with out of bounds on both sides. Shot makers and smart players should take notice.


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Course Info: Par: 72 YARDAGE FROM TEES: Red – 5,406 White – 5,542 Blue – 6,291 Black – 6,420 Gold – 6,931 FAIRWAY GRASS: 328 Bermuda GREENS: Champions Dwarf Bermuda ROUGHS: 328 Bermuda

If you take a golf tour through the Rio Grande Valley, keep this one for last - enjoy the beautiful scenery and you may as well hit the Island for a bit too. COURSE NAME: South Padre Island Golf Club

ARCHITECT: Chris Cole and Stephen Caplinger

ADDRESS: 1 Golf House Rd. Laguna Vista, Texas 78578

ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: Leo Aguilar Foundation Tournament (March 8,2014) KC Wood Golf Classic (Oct. 2&3, 2014)

PHONE: (956) 943-GOLF FAX: (956) 943-2361 WEBSITE: www.spigolf.com FACEBOOK/TWITTER: www.facebook.com/spigc GENERAL MANAGER: Chris Meade GOLF PRO: Chris Meade

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 Beautiful fairways, greens and scenery make this a top-notch course statewide.

 SPI is off the beaten path a bit, but more than worth the trip – and don’t forget the Island.

OTHER COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: Seven holes are on the shores of Laguna Madre Bay. There are seven lakes and the signature hole, No 3, is a Par-3 looking out to South Padre Island. OTHER FACILITIES: Driving range, chipping and putting green Pro Shop fully stocked with top of the line equipment and apparel Oak Tree Grill open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m daily; Friday and Saturday for dinner also. Resort Rentals w/ Play & Stay Packages. ABOUT SOUTH PADRE ISLAND GOLF CLUB In 1997, South Padre Island Golf Club, a championship resort course was opened and designed to accommodate resident members, daily-fee players and resort rental guests. Located on the mainland and connected to South Padre Island by the Queen Isabella Causeway, the 18-hole club, is a windswept, links-style layout routed along the shores of the beautiful Laguna Madre Bay.


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New owners bringing back Stuart Place to its original beauty, ready for a busy year in 2014 Course Name: Stuart Place Country Club Address: 155 Highland Drive, Harlingen, TX, 78522 Phone: (956) 428-2000 Fax: (956) 428-1000 Website: www.stuartplacegolf.com TWITTER: @STUARTPLACEGOLF ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: Planned for 2014: Wounded Warriors Appreciation Tournament (Jan. 2014); South Texas “Life Begins at 60 The New 40” (Feb. 2014); Winter Texas League Championship (March, 2014)

PAR: 36 YARDAGE: Blue: 2,742 White: 2,523 Yellow: 2,101 Red: 1,971 FAIRWAY GRASS: Mixed ROUGHS: Mixed GREENS: Champion HIGHLIGHTS: A 33 acre course with 9 lakes, of which come into play. Fairways are separated by an assortment of Sage, Mesquite and Palm trees. No. 9 is the signature hole, with water on both sides.

 A revitalized Stuart Place Country Club is a par-36 but has a few holes that are challenging for the most accomplished “duffer.”

 There is a practice and chipping green adjacent to the Club House where you can stock up on balls, tees and other golfing needs. Following your round, feel free to stop in the Club House for your choice of refreshing beer, wine and soft drinks. There is both outdoor seating and comfortable indoor bar or tables to gather around for catching up with old friends and making new ones. Stuart Place is open to the public to enjoy a Country Club experience. Proper golf attire is required.

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Tierra del Sol has undergone a major transformation and golfers will be impressed by its new feel COURSE NAME: Tierra del Sol ADDRESS: 700 E. Hall Acres Pharr, Texas PHONE: (956) 702-2320 FAX: (956)702-2536 WEB: : www.pharrgolf.com DIRECTOR OF GOLF: Raul Garza ARCHITECT: Dave Bennett PAR: : 72

YARDAGE: Blue - 6827 , White - 6266 Gold - 5820 , Red - 5252 FAIRWAYS: Bermuda 419 ROUGHS: Bermuda 419 CHANGES: Doubled size of put-

ting green from about 4,500 to almost 9,000 square feet. Added a chipping green, with bunkers. Expanded the driving range. Added sprinklers in dry spot areas. Removed trees to enhance the course view.

 Tierra del Sol’s tee boxes have been completely stripped down and laser leveled. Then 3-4 inches of sand was added and they were sprigged them with celebration grass. Some of the tee boxes are elevated up to 4-6 inches

Tierra del Sol’s grand reopening ribbon cutting.

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COURSE HIGHLIGHTS 24 lakes, excellent sand traps, lined with Mesquite trees. OTHER FACILITIES Pro shop with golfing merchandise available, snack bar, practice range. MISCELLANEOUS New greens with tift dwarf grass, New tee boxes laser leveled with Celebration grass. New chipping green and new (expanded) putting green.


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Tierra Santa is 7,100 yards long from the tips – thankfully you have other choices if you don’t want that ultimate challenge. COURSE NAME: Tierra Santa Golf Club ADDRESS: 1901 Club de Amistad Weslaco Texas 78596

PAR: 72

PHONE: 956-973-1811

YARDAGE FROM TEES: Black 7,139 Blue 6,601 White 6,045 Red 5,283

FAX: 956-973-2565

FAIRWAY GRASS: Bermuda 419

WEBSITE: tierrasantaweslaco.com

ROUGHS: Bermuda 419

DIRECTOR OF GOLF: Joey Rios ARCHITECT: Jeff Brauer, Steve Elkington ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: 10-12

Greens: Champion SIGNATURE HOLE: No. 18 OTHER FACILITIES 2-sided range north and south side, with many targets chipping green.

 No. 18 is one of the most challenging finishing holes in the Valley.

 Tierra Santa is located smack in the middle of the Valley and is an easy trip to make.

COURSE DESCRIPTION The premier championship golf course in the Rio Grande Valley was designed by Jeff Brauer, 1995 AIA Architect of the year, with consultation by Steve Elkington, PGA touring pro. This gorgeous par-72 course boasts a length of more than 7,100 yards from the black tees, but is fun and playable from all other tees. In addition, you can expect large practice facilities manicured to perfection along with our newly renovated sand traps. Our friendly staff at Tierra Santa look forward to make the most of your golfing experience.

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Tony Butler Golf Course is named for a man who would beat people in a round with just a 4-wood. We don’t recommend you try one club though.

PHONE: 956-216-5970

YARDAGE: 1-18 Blue – 6,320 White: 5,837 Red: 5,113 19-27 White - 2,881 Red - 2467

WEBSITE: www.myharlingen.us

FAIRWAY GRASS: Champion Bermuda

DIRECTOR OF GOLF: Eddie Medlin

ROUGHS: Champion Bermuda

COURSE NAME: Tony Butler Golf Course ADDRESS: 2640 South M Street, Harlingen

GOLF PRO: Eddie Medlin COURSE INFO: 27-hole facility PAR: 71 & 35

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FACILITIES: Chipping Green Putting Green Driving Range Fully stocked pro shop featuring Titleist, Nike and TaylorMade Great food in restaurant

 Tony Butler Golf Course may be fairly open but has enough trees to make a straight shot the best shot.

 The Harlingen course is a 27-hole facility and has a variety of challenges

DID YOU KNOW: Tony Butler turned professional in 1928, shortly after he entered the University of Texas. A year earlier he defeated Tinsley Penick, Hervey’s brother, in the Austin City Championship Butler won the 1931 Texas PGA title by shooting 7-under on the last 10 holes to beat Dick Metz by one shot, earning a trip to the PGA Championship.


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Under new management, VICC is a beautiful course to play. COURSE NAME: Valley International Country Club ADDRESS: 95 Country Club Brownsville, Texas 78520 PHONE: (956) 546-5331 Office (956) 548-9199 Pro Shop WEBSITE: Valleyinternationalcountryclub .com DIRECTOR OF GOLF: Derrick Dixon GOLF PRO: Derrick Dixon ARCHITECT: Opened in 1910 ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: 12

PAR: 70 YARDAGE White 4,924 Black 5,517 Blue 6,130 Orange 6,538 FAIRWAY GRASS: Bermuda Grass OTHER: 47 sand bunkers around the greens OTHER FACILITIES: Practice area Pro Shop Bar (two snack and bar rooms) Restaurant

The scenery is nice but can make for tough shots

 VICC is located in the center of Brownsville

Welcome To Valley International Country Club Down on the tip of Texas, surrounded by tropical foliage and near the shores of the Rio Grande,this is a gem of a golf course. This course lays among channels from the Rio Grande known as resacas, and it features scenic tropical vistas. The Valley International Country Club is nestled in the center of Brownsville, and it’s a dream for golfers who love serenity and the beauty of nature. The area is rich with Mexican culture, located a short 10-minute drive across an international bridge from our southern neighbor. Our course is also a jaunt away from the paradise that is South Padre Island. VICC is an 18-hole course that spans more than 1,000 acres. The course layout really makes the most out of the resacas. Thirteen of the eighteen fairways are either bordered or dissected by a resaca, creating a unique challenge that few, if any, courses can duplicate. This course features four sets of tees, so experienced players can enjoy the challenge while rookies relax amid the tropical scenery and learn this classic game. Imagine teeing off amid swaying palms and the chirping of scores of rare birds . This is what you will find at Valley International Country Club.

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Name: Chicken Napoleon with Asparagus and Roasted Red Potatoes Where:  The Valley International Country Club, Brownsville Price:  Chef’s Specials $7.95 Buffet $8.95. Buffet is on Wednesdays and Thursdays and there is a new food and beverage manager. Description:  The Chicken Napoleon is layers of flaky pastry with chicken and herbs, coated with creamy chipotle sauce. The sides were pan seared asparagus and roasted red potatoes. Grubber’s Comments: I’m not a “flaky pastry” fan. To me it’s usually dry and bland so when this dish came out I had my reservations. From the first bite, however, this dish threw away any of those misconceptions. The pastry combined perfectly with the chicken and herbs. The chipotle sauce was nice and thick, clinging to the little flakes and adding to the rich flavor of the Chicken Napoleon. When it came to the asparagus and roasted red potatoes, these were cooked to perfection - filled with flavor and with just the right texture. That’s not always the easiest to do with these two sides, especially asparagus. Even the “hard end” on the asparagus was easily handled and carried just as much flavor as the tips -- very nicely done.

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When I saw the $7.95 price, I have to admit I was surprised. The cheapest I thought I would’ve seen attached to this would be $9.95 and that would be on special! But even if you don’t like the chef’s special for the day, the buffet - from one end of it to the other, filled on the day I was there with amazing looking enchiladas, among other dishes is more than worth the $8.95. This is a great place to eat fine food at average prices! Cook: Rigo Mejia has cooked here for more than 20 years. Bet You Didn’t Know This:  VICC has been in business for more than 100 years.

Valley International CC Food & Beverage Director Dahlia Trevino with Chef Rigo Mejia

95 Country Club Brownsville, Texas (956) 548-9199 (Pro Shop) valleyinternationalcountryclub.com


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The Juicy Burger AT TIERRA DEL SOL Name: The Juicy Burger   Where:  Tierra del Sol, Pharr, Tx 700 E. Hall Acres   Price: $5.75 (includes fries)         Description:  100.0% certified US beef cooked to your specifications. Burger is built with fresh vegetables and includes sautéed onions (upon request). French Fries are thick and hearty.   Cook Name: Juan Quintanilla, Head Cook Grubber’s Comments: I have to admit this - the breakfast tacos at Tierra del Sol are some of my favorite tacos around - and trust me, I’ve tried more than my share of them. So I was a little saddened when I found out I was getting a burger. That being said, this burger was terrific and appropriately named. From the toasted and buttered bun to the Monterey Jack and American cheese and, of course, a juicy beef patty, this was layer upon layer of flavor. Sometimes a burger is best when loaded with condiments. This burger was simple but delicious and the onions... oh those wonderful onions.... There’s just something about sautéed onions that just adds so much flavor

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to food. The onions on Tierra del Sol’s Juicy Burger definitely followed that pattern. Just the right amount of what seemded to be the sweet vidalia grilled up with Tierra del Sol’s secret blend of spices made this burger and fries a simple but wonderful meal. Now I’m gonna have to eat tacos before my round and a burger after it... what a tough life!   Did You Know:  All phases of renovation have been completed. Cart paths, watering system, tee boxes, fairways and greens.   More Great Food:  The Tierra del Sol kitchen will prepare special requested tacos and plates. We make the best Mexican food around….Huevos Rancheros are King!

700 E. Hall Acres Pharr Texas (956) 702-2320 www.pharrgolf.com

Tierra del Sol Director of Golf Raul Garza talks during the grand re-opening of the golf course. A million-dollar improvement renovation has Tierra del Sol looking like a brand new course and is in great condition. Now’s a good time to give this course - and it’s restaurant - a try.


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Feature name PRO PROFILE: JOE POWELL

JOE POWELL: GOLF PRO, POOL SHARK Palms at Mid-Valley Pro went to school for Golf Management, but has plenty other tricks up his sleeve.

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Joe Powell can talk with you about your game. He can instruct you on how to hit the ball, how to put spin on it and to think about setting up your next shot. And he's not even talking about golf. Powell, who has been the golf pro at The Palms at Mid-Valley in Mercedes since 1995, has more than just a knack for golf. At one point he was also labeled a “Master” in the billiards world. “Once I got qualified for the Masters Division, I had to stop,” said Powell. “I had to work for a living.” Powell finished as high as 33rd in the national championships in Las Vegas. His twin brother, Hank Powell, played a stint on the billiards pro tour. “We grew up around the race track. Dad was a jockey and then a horse trainer,” Powell said. “We would work in the summer at the track and the track always had pool tables.” The Powell brothers started playing billiards at age 9. Even then they were playing for a buck a game – and winning more often than not. “We would just be playing then next thing you know we're running the tables,” Powell said. “We didn't know how. We were just doing it. We learned later how and why things happen, the cause and effect stuff. We just took it from there. “In college we played in pool tournaments five nights a week. Hank took off from there and ended up on tour.” But the brothers also were skilled on the golf course, leading their Anthony, New Mexico, High School golf team to the state championship in the state's largest class – 4A. The Powells ended up earning golf scholarships and played at New Mexico State. Joe graduated with a degree in golf course management – New Mexico State was one of only three schools to offer that program.

After graduating, Powell took up a stint as a car salesman – and ended up married to Tiffany, his wife now of 20 years. “I was waiting for a golf job,” Powell said. “One day her dad came in to buy a car. I didn't sell the car but I met his daughter and got married.” The Powells have two daughters, Hannah, 12, and Lauren, 10. “They're both into soccer and basketball,” Powell said. “I'm trying to pull them into golf.” It might be a good move for the sisters to take their dad up on the golf idea. Powell not only enjoys teaching kids how to golf, he's had recent success – most notably former Weslaco High golfer Kassandra Rivera. Rivera, who now plays at Texas Southern University, classified herself as a “C” player in high school. Last year she was ranked as high as sixth in the nation – with the likes of golfers from Florida, Southern Cal, Texas A&M and Notre Dame – and has already won three tournaments this year. If you ask her, she's quick to point out that it was working with Powell that helped raise her to the next level. “Kassi never took a lesson until after high school,” Powell said. “The week after she graduated she got serious.” Powell made some changes in Rivera's swing and said every time he would make a change she would get it instantly and work on the new form. Between the work ethic and her commitment to fitness, Powell said anything is possible for Rivera. “She's been working out so much that her body type is really solid and it's showing in her game – she's gained probably 40 yards off the tee with her driver. She squats like 305. She's like an Olympian and probably in better shape than any tour player.”


›› In fact, Rivera asked Powell for his opinion on trying out for the LPGA Tour. Powell responded that there's no time like the present. “She's got so many things going for her – she's such a smart individual. I told her if she wants to play, now is the time to do it. She just needs to get around better players. She's dominating her conference but she's just not around good enough players. She needs to see what those other players are doing. “I saw the same thing with myself and my brother in the pool world. We hung around some pro players and it made a huge difference. Until you get it between your ears with what these pros are doing, it just isn't gonna soak in.” Powell also worked with Jessica Tamen, an Edinburg High School golf star who won nine Texas Junior Golf events and was the South Texas Junior Golf Champion from 2009-12. She also was the All-Valley MVP for three years and finished sixth at the state championship in 2011-12. Tamen currently plays for St. Edward's University. Currently, Powell is working with Har-

lingen High junior Morgan McClaugherty who, along with Sharyland's Sabina Pena, are considered the top two high school girl golfers in the Valley. McClaugherty has already won three high school tournaments this year. She shot a two-day 138 (69-69) at the Harlingen Invitational at Tony Butler Golf Course, winning the individual medal by 28 strokes. “Morgan is getting better all the time,

she's gotten better even since Christmas,” Powell said. “We've worked the hardest right now on her grip and little parts to her swing. Her short game is solid. We changed her grip over the break because she was at a crossroads and needed to step it up to the next level. She's seeing more distance now and she's excited.” Powell came to the Palms after a friend told him that some guys he knew had just bought the course and was looking for a pro. Then the course was only nine holes. “I came here Sept. 1, 1995 and in November the back nine opened,” Powell said. “We opened our new clubhouse in 2009 – that was a big improvement.” Powell said he doesn't know what the future holds for golf at The Palms. He said he's heard that ownership is looking to possibly sell the course. “That's just how this industry is,” Powell said. “It's always been like that. We joke about it here – we don't buy our bananas green, we might not be around long enough to see them ripen. “But we're still here.”

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COLUMN: JOEY DOWDEN Feature name

LAGNIAPPE - REMEMBER THAT WORD

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outh Texas Golf Magazine is always moving forward. We offer much more than the magazine. Sure our magazine gives the reader a fascinating view of golf in the Valley, tournaments at various courses, golf course grub, PGA updates, mailed subscriptions to local and out of state readers and an awesome leisure section, but stay tuned…the RGV’s best magazine is only getting better. Now STGM has added a twist…It’s STGA…That’s right, South Texas Golf Association. STGM offers our readers LAGNIAPPE (Something Extra). We have formed several new ventures we are really excited about. Two of them are a golf membership service and a tournament planning service. The membership service is offered at only $44 per year (launch date to be determined). Features include a free mailed magazine, golf course specials, cookouts, advertiser discounts and much more. However, the STGA feature we are most excited about is our “Golf

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Tournament Planning Service.” With this service we will put together your golf tournament like no one else can. Our fees are very reasonable and we will help you reach your goals. A unique website will be developed that showcases your tournament, a media kit will be made to let that sponsor know what they get in return and much more. After all, your tournament is being done for a reason. STGA is also proud to announce our first-planned tournament, “BLUE SUNDAY” to be held April 25 at the Harlingen Country Club. BLUE SUNDAY is a nonprofit child abuse prevention program (www.bluesunday.org). Help STGA walk all over child abuse because children CAN’T but we CAN. BLUE SUNDAY is now accepting sponsorships and donations. Call Phil Corzine (pastor at CFC McAllen) 956.874.7391 for more information. Whether it’s for fun or for that charity that deserves the attention; STGA will get it done. That’s right…”LAGNIAPPE” is just what you get with STGA.

“Hi I’m Madison and I’m from Pensacola, Florida. Just to let you know… That’s my dad in the other picture. I am in 8th grade. I love to shop, sing and well… shop. I hope you enjoy South Texas Golf Magazine as much as I do. Be seeing you…..Madison.” Joey Dowden is COO and Advertising Director of South Texas Golf.


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THERE’S A NEW MILLER JOINING THE FAMILY. IT’S GONNA BE HERE THIS MONTH THE MILLER FORTUNE FILE Appearance: rich golden color from caramel malts Aroma: inviting malty cues, subtle citrus notes Taste: balanced with hop tones and restrained sweetness Mouthfeel: light body Finish: crisp and clean ABV: 6.9% Calories: 186

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LEISURE: FINANCE Feature name

Tracking a plan for effective wealth transfer

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ave you implemented estate planning strategies to help pass along more of your wealth to your heirs? If not, this article will motivate you to do so. Investors often concentrate on accumulating assets, but how much time and energy is spent on preserving those hard-earned assets for future generations? Not nearly enough. Have you considered any of the following strategies to help pass along more of your estate to your heirs?

Harvey Lopez brings more than 15 years experience of Wealth Management, business solutions and Insurance experience serving the entire Rio Grande Valley. His office is located at 801 E. Fern, McAllen, Texas, 78501. If you have questions, you can call Harvey at (956) 874-8750

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Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning Many people don't begin thinking about transferring their assets until retirement. In reality, effective estate planning is an ongoing process -- often best begun at a much younger age. At the very least, you should have a will to ensure that your final wishes are known. If you have dependent children, also consider naming a suitable guardian for them. After determining the value of real estate, cash-value life insurance policies, and assets held in retirement and investment accounts, a more encompassing plan may also be necessary. Giving Less to the Tax Man What can you do to avoid drastically reducing your estate to meet tax obligations? Life insurance may be a tax-efficient way of transferring accumulated wealth. Some types of policies offer current tax benefits and also reduce or eliminate taxes for beneficiaries. And life insurance may also increase the amount passed on to your heirs. Plus, it may also help owners of highly appreciated property or small businesses retain their assets, rather than be forced to sell those assets to pay Uncle Sam. Trusts may also be appropriate and

there are many types from which to choose. A grantor retained annuity trust (GRAT), for example, allows you to transfer assets to an irrevocable trust and then receive a yearly annuity for a specific number of years. Once the GRAT is dissolved, the remaining assets pass to the beneficiaries, usually free of estate and gift taxes. Charitable remainder trusts are also popular. They can be arranged so that you -- and, if you desire, a named beneficiary -receive tax benefits and, in some cases, income during life. What's more, the trust also benefits a charity of your choice. If appropriate, trusts are a key part of the estate planning process. This article just scratches the surface of effective wealth transfer. Contact your financial advisor or lawyer about these and other suggestions to make the most of your assets -- for both you and your heirs. LPL Financial Representatives offer access to Trust Services through The Private Trust Company N.A., an affiliate of LPL Financial. Because of the possibility of human or mechanical error by S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications or its sources, neither S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications nor its sources guarantees the accuracy, adequacy, completeness or availability of any information and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information. In no event shall S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications be liable for any indirect, special or consequential damages in connection with subscriber's or others' use of the content. Š 2013 S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications. All rights reserved.


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LEISURE: RUNNING Feature name

Shoes are not created equal Choosing the right tool for running – running shoes – can be overwhelming and, sometimes, frightening. The market place today today offers so many options, in so many eye-catching colors, with promises of endless miles of joyfulness that don’t always pan out the way we thought they would. Why? Because not all shoes are created equal. In the whole sea of shoes available, there are only a handful that fit you. Whether it’s because of the type of runner you are, your gait, the type of activity you practice, the mileage you cover per week, or even the shape of your foot, there are many variables that limit which shoe is perfect for you. Knowing how important the proper shoe and the proper fit is crucial to runners, joggers, walkers, weekend warriors, casual enthusiasts or just the garden variety of New Year’s Resolutionists. Our staff at Valley Running Co. are all runners. We share the same dreams and passions as other runners. Our experience runs from buying comfy shoes for work to shoes for a four-minute mile, to the shoes that will help you cross the

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finish line of your next 5K, marathon, ultramarathon or triathlon. Many runners just don’t have the time to train the way they’d like to, whether it’s from a demanding job working your 24-hour shifts or family responsibilities, or school – or all of them. That makes it even more important to have the right shoe – so you don’t have to worry about foot pain. The proper shoe can even help your foot heal quicker from many common foot injuries. It’s not all about speed, either. It’s about what your goals are as a runner. Once you get the right pair of shows based on your goals, your experience (and your feet), your next decision is also important. More and more people are just getting into running and the sport is growing. The problem is, where to start? At Valley Running you can talk to our Coaching Staff from Running 101 to help set yourself up and start gauging your personal records. Your lifelong dream that you thought was long ago los or past is lingering on the top of your mind – that elusive marathon your promised yourself for your over the hill birthday – we can help. Don’t postponse your health for another year!

Valley Running Co. was born from a life of running and living an active lifestyle. Our selection of Brands include Asics, Brooks, Mizuno, Saucony, Newton, Inov8, Salomon, Merrell, Vibram, Pearl Izumi and Zoot. We also carry all the accessories and fuel you need to get you through the day and across the finish line!


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FeatureTRAVEL name - TPC SAWGRASS LEISURE:

TPC Sawgrass At A Glance

Home of the PGA TOUR’s headquarters and THE PLAYERS Championship, TPC Sawgrass was built to challenge the world’s best professionals, while at the same time providing the avid golfer and fan with the ultimate golf experience. Located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., between Jacksonville and historic St. Augustine along the Atlantic coast, TPC Sawgrass is about a half-hour away from the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX).

The Players Stadium Course

Designed by Pete Dye and intended to give Tour players a course to call their home, The Players Stadium Course is home to three of the most challenging finishing holes and one of the most photographed holes in the world – Hole 17 and its iconic island green. The Players Stadium allows golfers to access a level of play typically reserved for PGA

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David Matthews, Don Gallian, Joe Trevino (Glazers Brand Manager in McAllen) and Phil Meacham met for a little work and a little play, hitting the links at TPC Sawgrass. “This is the most beautiful and yet toughest golf course I’ve ever played,” Trevino said.

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE www.tpc.com/tpc-sawgrass Tour players. Personal forecaddies educate players on the history and heritage of TPC Sawgrass and provide traditional services to enhance the TPC Sawgrass experience.

Dye’s Valley Course

Designed by Pete Dye, along with Bobby Weed, Dye’s Valley Course boasts similar design qualities to The Players Stadium, including spectator mounding, water on all holes and native oaks, pines and palms, making Dye’s Valley one of the most challenging and enjoyable courses to play. Shorter in length, but just as compelling, Dye’s Valley is the host of the Web.com TOUR Championship. Golfers enjoy use of TPC Sawgrass’ world-class forecaddies from October through May on Dye’s Valley.

Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass

Constructed in 2007, the 77,000 square

foot Mediterranean Revival-style Clubhouse features panoramic views of the 9th and 18th holes and a “Circle of Champions” roundabout noting past titleholders of The Players Championship. Storytellers inside the Clubhouse give guided tours of the displays highlighting great moments and milestones of The Players and the PGA Tour.

Instruction & Performance Center

Located at the expansive practice facility adjacent to Pete Dye’s renowned ThePlayers Stadium Course, the TourAcademy TPC Sawgrass offers a variety of instructional programs, clinics and extended golf schools taught by award-winning PGA of America teaching professionals. As the only facility that utilizes the TaylorMade MATT Motion Capture System for club fitting along with the Trackman Ball Launch Monitor, the award-winning TOURAcademy TPC Sawgrass, offers private, group and specialized instructional programs, comprehensive development programs and a full schedule of two-, three- and five-day schools for golfers of every skill level.


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AMERICA’S MOST AWARDED

Located along Georgetown County’s “Hammock Coast” is a collection of award-winning courses, restaurants and accommodations that rival any in America. For a great golf vacation experience that is sure to bring you back again and again, hit the Trail – The Waccamaw Golf Trail. Visit online for preferred rates and tee times, along with recommendations on lodging, dining and more. Request a FREE QUICK QUOTE for the best package rates and receive a complimentary greens fee.

www.MyGolfTrail.com or call toll free 1-800-661-2928

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Giving back is my way of saying “Thank you.” Feature name

We’re all in this together. State Farm® has a long tradition of being there. That's one reason why I'm proud to support student athletes in the Rio Grande Valley.

Get to a better State®.

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