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Palm View ranks as top course in Upper Valley

For the second straight year Palm View Golf Course has been named the favorite golf course in the Upper Valley by Winter Texans, tied this time with the 2015-16 winner Los Lagos. It goes to show that reinvesting in something can bring about positive results. “The weather has been good and we have had a really good turnout and rounds are up,” said Carlos Espinosa, director of golf at the public course for the City of McAllen. “We are getting more rounds, the weather is good and we are hearing a lot of positive comments about our greens. We’ve been getting great compliments on our greens and that is very humbling – it always is no matter how many times you hear it.” The greens of the par-72 course that measures 5,779 yards from its middle tees – but can turn into a lengthy 6,771 yards from the back tees – were resurfaced in Summer 2017 with what Espinosa says is still a Bermuda-style grass but one that is superior to previous grasses and is performing extremely well. One of the many reasons golfers of all skill levels are attracted to Palm View are the large greens and fairways. That

doesn’t mean it’s a simple course, however. Challenges abound and golfTER TEXAN ers can test their IN skills by cutting off corners or going Wintearn over trees to shortTex TIMES en the length to a RI O TE hole, or they can G O LF C play it safe. Espinosa went ER TEX AN on a quest two INT ’ W years ago. Instead of waiting for Winter Texans to come to him, he went out to see them and find out what the course could do to better serve them “I got to know the customer better and identify what they wanted and implemented a program that would benefit them and us.” The course has gone through major renovations over the years but now is finally taking a break. While the course may be undergoing a little time off, it doesn’t mean that Espinosa or his staff are doing the same. “Hard work never ends and we owe it to those who come here and play here and expect a certain level of quality,” Espinosa said. “Hard work never ends when you want to keep people happy and want to keep the course in shape. It’s all about improving – the course, the staff, and myself.”

Heavy wind, moguls running along and behind – and sometimes through – lush fairways, which sometimes are leaning (toward water, of course) and challenging options are what Los Lagos has in store. And despite – or maybe because of – all those challenges, Los Lagos, the Edinburg public course, tied for Winter Texan’s Favorite Golf Course in the Upper Valley with McAllen’s Palm View Golf Course. The links style course was the 2015-16 winner of the contest and finished second in 2016-2017. Los Lagos can be challenging for the best of golfers. Beside the moguls there are doglegs begging a golfer to try and clear them, not knowing what lies behind them. More often than not, taking the traditional path is the smart play – but cutting those corners sure can be more rewarding, and more penalizing as well. Located at 1720 South Longoria Road in Edinburg, Los Lagos’ signature hole is the intimidating par-3 No. 14, which plays anywhere from 130 to 160 yards depending on the tee and pin placements. The southeast wind impacts your shot into

a kidney-shaped green that is guarded by water on the left and a large pot TER TEXAN bunker on the front IN right. The green is a tough two-putt, and Wintearn Tex TIMES if you miss the approach back right, RI O TE G O LF C you’re faced with a tough chip back downhill toward R TEX E T AN IN ’ hole. the W Tony Garcia, golf director, said that despite what sounds like a tough course even for the best of golfers, Los Lagos can be played be many different level of golfers. “We can make it different levels,” he said. “We have five different tee boxes and most of the Winter Texans like to play from the front. “Plus the aesthetics of the course is something every golfer can enjoy and see. With those five sets of tees, they can be hitting wedges into the greens instead of long irons. It’s still challenging but the enjoy playing here. We’re honored that the like this course with its rolling hills and fairways and greens. That’s what it’s all about, coming out here and having a good time with a courteous staff and a wonderful course.”

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