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32 RGV Golf Course Guide There are plenty of choices when it comes to playing golf in the Rio Grande Valley. Check out several of those choices with our first RGV Golf Annual

What’s Inside

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BEER: Batch 19, banned in 1919, is legal again

FITNESS: What physical condition you’re in makes a difference on the golf course

LUXURY: You can wear a piece of the Titanic on your wrist

TRAVEL: Hit the quiet side of Myrtle Beach; 11 beautiful courses along the Waccamaw Trail

CHECK OUT THE RGV CALENDAR Plenty of tournaments for you to be a part of

9 PRO TOUR A glance at the upcoming PGA and LPGA events

14 VAMOS Tournament is more than about golf, it’s about building the future

18 PROFILE Kassandra Rivera, Weslaco High graduate, now a Div. I women’s star




Cover Story:


Who was Tony Butler? Harlingen pro left his mark on the Rio Grande Valley golf world

Want to see your scores drop? Maybe you should get your eyes examined

JOHN AMOUR: Here’s how to build a repeatable swing

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SOUTH TEXAS GOLF MAGAZINE It’s all about advancing the ball. On the cover: Dr. Roberto Olivarez, Jr. Photo by: Juan Correa

I can still hear those encouraging words of advice from my friend Gregg Hampton as I took my first golf “lesson” on one of the seemingly endless number of South Carolina golf courses. I swung mightily and my shot screamed just inches above the grass, wreaking havoc on any worms with their heads up. I continued toward my destination – albeit not taking the straightest route, hearing the same advice repeatedly from my friend (“keep advancing, get closer to your goal”). That was the beginning of my life into the golf world. I never dreamed that years later I would start a golf magazine.

South Texas Golf Henry Miller Publisher/CEO Henry Miller is President and CEO of South Texas Golf. He has more than 25 years of publishing experience, has written sports for more than 150 newspapers nation wide, been syndicated on radio in more than 70 markets and loves to golf – regardless of his handicap. His 8-year-old daughter Camilla – who just started golfing - has a wicked left-handed swing and also enjoys soccer and karate. They live in McAllen, Texas.

Welcome to the premiere edition of South Texas Golf Magazine. The first edition of each year will be our golf annual, informing you on all the information from area golf courses. This venture has been, to say the least, an eye-opening experience. I’ve been humbled as 14 of the Rio Grande Valley golf courses have partnered with us (if your course isn’t in here, please see your club pro). I have heard so many stories of the vibrant history of South Texas golf (see the “Who is Tony Butler?” ) and have been blessed to talk with current and future Valley golf stars (see the “Kassandra Rivera” story). Thanks go out to a lot of people – from our advertisers and partners to the many golf pros we pestered on a somewhat regular basis to see what would make this a valuable magazine (and website – go check out often and see what specials are available, upcoming tournaments, instructional videos and more) for both the courses and the people who play them. Special thanks to Carlos Espinosa at Palm View Golf Course for hitting me over and over with questions that I needed to answer to make this what it is right now. And it will only get better – as long as Carlos doesn’t have me blacklisted from his golf course! So sit back and enjoy this inaugural edition of South Texas Golf Magazine. Please, feel free to be a part of it too. Send us comments or if you win a tournament, score a hole-in-one or shoot your age – take a photo and send it to us (southtexasgolf@ Follow us on Facebook (southtexasgolf). More than anything, feel free to tell us what you would like to see in upcoming editions of South Texas Golf Magazine and We want to make each edition better. After all, it’s all about advancing.

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Joey Dowden Advertising Director/COO John Amour Events Coordinator Javier Hinojosa Marketing Director Oriol Zertuche Creative Director Juan Correa Photographer

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 Media. Copyright 2013. To advertise in South Texas Golf call (956) 607-0853 or email


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WHO WAS TONY BUTLER? 10 [Southtexas Golf #1]

›› The “King of the Short Knocks,” may not have looked intimidating when you first met him, but if you played him one-on-one (and he’d play you with just one club for the whole round) you had better be prepared for a lesson with a 4-wood


n an interview conducted with World Golf Hall of Famer Harvey Penick regarding the men of the old Texas PGA Section, the legendary golf instructor had this to say about Tony Butler: “He was one of my first students because his family lived next door to mine. We were both just kids and we would hit shots in my parents’ backyard. Tony turned out to be one of the finest putters that I ever saw.” Ironically, the two shared another bond. Neither was a long hitter and both longed to be. Tony Butler, and the course re-named in his honor in Harlingen, are both products of a time with which today’s golfers are unfamiliar. They developed during the game’s rough-andready period - before computer-generated course architecture and swing analyzers and tigers that play golf. Born April 19, 1908 in Ganado, Tony Butler died at the age of 71 on December 9, 1979, following a 49-year career in golf. An obituary published in a local newspaper hits the high points of the man’s golf career yet missed by a mile the point of his life.

“He operated a pro shop and played golf with many of his thousands of students,” the obit reads. The obit further points out that Butler might be called, “King of the Short-Knocks,” and that he had a way of making a 4-wood sing for its supper. All of which is true. Butler reigned in a day where the golf course “hustle” could be just as profitable – or more – than a pro’s paycheck. There were few better at it than Tony Butler, a legend with a 4-wood. He proved it every now and then by playing entire rounds of golf – and beating competitors one-on-one - using only that club. He was also a fellow who played alongside great professionals such as Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, and Dick Metz and had tea and crumpets with amateurs like Curtis Person. Tony Butler turned professional in 1928, shortly after he entered the University of Texas. The year before as a 20-year old, he had defeated Tinsley Penick, Hervey’s brother, in the Austin City Championship and had captained the Austin High School golf team before that.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY SPORTS HALL OF FAME Tony Butler was a 1998 inductee of the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame. The Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame, created in summer of 1985 by a group of sports-oriented citizens, is a non-profit organization based in Edinburg. In addition to its primary goal of honoring Valley sports figures, the RGV Sports Hall of Fame also funds scholarships for deserving student/athletes of the Rio Grande Valley.

In 1931, Butler won the Texas PGA title, shooting 7-under on the last 10 holes to beat Dick Metz by one shot. He earned a trip to the PGA Championship in Providence, R.I. and was the only Texas representative to make the cut to match play. Denny Shute, who went to the finals that year, sent Butler home in round one but only after the Texan had carried the former British Open champion to the 38th hole. In all, Butler finished in the money six straight times in 1931. The next year, Butler followed up by finishing second when the Texas PGA Championship was played at what was the Harlingen CC. In 1934, Tony traveled to the British Colonial Open in the Bahamas, where he finished second by one shot to the 1927 leading money winner Bobby Cruickshank. In between all the tournament excitement, Tony Butler did what all club professionals do: he took care of his family, gave lessons, and tried to earn a living in a profession that was totally unforgiving during, and shortly after, the Depression. As a teacher, Butler’s method and philosophy appears simple by today’s standards. He once told a reporter that “there was nothing mysterious about hitting a golf ball where you aim it. If a beginner really wants to play golf, is willing to practice and isn’t easily discouraged, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t become a pretty fair player [Southtexas Golf #1] 11

PROFILES within a short time,” he said. Butler was no Superman, it should be pointed out. He was tall and thin with small hands and slender arms . . . average. And the fact that he was everyman seems to have endeared him to the thousands he came in contact with. Butler’s love affair with the Valley began during the summer of 1927, when he accepted a position at Corpus Christi. In 1933, he defeated the reigning National Open champion Gene Sarazen in an exhibition match staged at the old

country club on Upriver Road. Shortly thereafter, Butler was contacted by Harlingen CC about a position he kept until 1937. Harlingen CC opened in 1929 as a 9-hole layout designed and built by John Bredemus. Almost immediately it seemed, Harlingen was hosting the Rio Grande Valley Open, and later, the “Life Begins at Forty” tournament. Harlingen CC was certainly not a long course by today’s standards. However, it required strategic thinking as all Bredemus layouts do. And it had

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nasty, prickly rough to the left of the No. 1 fairway that drove sane men crazy. According to 1926 Texas PGA champion on Edwin “Beetle” Juelg, who was in attendance that fateful day in February when the opening exhibition round was played, no less a luminary than Walter Hagen was brought to heel by the little course. The story is that when Hagen hooked his tee shot off No. 1, he was forced to play back to the tee on his second because the rough would not allow him to go at the green. Tony Butler eventually left Harlingen CC to take another position, and the Valley lost its position of the Tour to events in bigger markets. Butler, however, was urged back to Harlingen by a petition signed by several hundred area golfers, and there was one more twist in the road yet to come. On June 20, 1973, the municipal course at Harlingen was re-named in Tony Butler’s honor. It was a fitting tribute and no less than Butler deserved.


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VAMOS LEADS THE WAY More than 200 golfers will descend on Palm View Golf Course this year for the 17th annual VAMOS Cup on March 2 in search of birdies, eagles and low scores


t the same time, students across the country – from UTPA to UT and Harvard to Stanford – will be earning high grades because of that tournament. The Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities and Scholarships (VAMOS) was founded in 1996 in response to an urgent need to improve educational opportunities for Hispanics.

This year’s goal: $1 million.

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“Afer that first event we got together to figure out what was the best way to raise money to give full scholarships to kids to go anywhere in the country,” Cantu said. “Golf was the biggest one.” Cantu came from humble beginnings, his parents being migrant workers. He’s quick to point out, however, what he learned as a boy is something he puts into action today. “My parents taught me how to work, how to be honest, to treat people fair and try and do your best in anything you do,” said Cantu, who has two daughters ages 16 and 20. “There’s no doubt that education has played a big impact in our family. Because of education we’re able to do what

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The organization’s mission is to assist commendable Hispanic students of Hidalgo, Starr, and Cameron Counties in completing a post-secondary education. Thus far, VAMOS has awarded more than $3.5 million dollars in scholarships to 300 students. “This is an organization where a few of us wanted to go back and help other kids to get educated and go to college,” said Alonzo Cantu, VAMOS founder. “The first event we had was with director Robert Rodriguez. He came here and we did a fundraiser and for that very first event I think we raised something like $200,000.”


we do now and we want to give other kids the opportunities to do the same. “Education is the great equalizer. It helps you get to the next level. Then you can better help future generations.” “We keep improving - not only the golf but we are also able to improve the selection of kids and make sure they succeed with our mentoring program,” Cantu said. “Some of our past winners are engineers, some are in medical school. They graduate from UTPA, UT, Yale, Harvard, MIT, Stanford... just by giving an opportunity. It’s special when you can change someone’s life.”


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After 37 years in business, Bill Hayter and Golf Headquarters have become household names across the RGV


hen Bill Hayter needed some money to invest into what is now known as Golf Headquarters, his dad came forward with $10,000. When Bill’s brother Johnny ended his stint in the Navy, he was informed that he had a business partner. After all, that $10k belonged to Johnny. “In April 1977 a par-3 came for sale and I needed $10,000 but I didn’t have it or the credit,” said Hayter. “My brother had reupped in the Navy nuclear program and got 10K for it. Dad somehow had power of attorney and decided to let me use it.” Back then only those with outdoor facilities could sell golf equipment. That doesn’t mean Hayter wasn’t selling any. “We just started bootlegging stuff out of Indiana,” Hayter recalled. “We started selling and before you know it people were buying stuff and we would have to get more product. Next the manufacturing reps began to show up realizing they were missing out on a lot of business”. Hayter and Golf Headquarters have become golfing household names. You can 16 [Southtexas Golf #1]


walk into either his McAllen location at 2224 N 10th St. or the Brownsville store at 1505 N. Expressway any day and get the feel of a hometown barber shop where everyone either knows everyone else or they feel comfortable enough to act that way. The at-home atmosphere – despite the golf shop surrounding – is a good friendly-business mix and comes with 37 years of knowledge and experience. Hayter was working part time at a golf shop in San Antonio when he discovered the Rio Grande Valley.

›› “Travelers from all these midwest towns came through to get things. I came down here and saw the Winter Texan trade and all the Mexican business…so we started selling,” Hayter said. “There were things I was able to sell that nobody could get – The store was a novelty. I had Footjoy and Ping and Titleist. We did a lot of business.” In 37 years, Golf Headquarters is on its third name, first being named Valley Discount Golf before taking on the corporate Nevada Bob’s label.

Hayter has seen many changes over the years – from Valley growth to the technical aspects of a sport he remains passionate about. “Back then nobody fit you with clubs. You just picked up whatever was on a shelf and you played with it,” said Hayter, a guru when it comes to the all technical aspects of the sport. “There’s swing analysis; you fit the person to correct everything. There’s a difference if you want a set to go play once a month or if you want to play two

THE WIZARD’S WORD EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE TIPS FROM BILL HAYTER Grips wear out faster than people realize. They wear out so incrementally that people don’t usually change them until they are really bad. What happens is your grip pressure increases as the friction decreases. This creates tension and it’s harder to release the club. Change your grips at least twice a year if you’re a year-round golfer, it will make a difference and it’s a very inexpensive…maybe the least expensive modification you can make to your equipment

times a week or more and practice to get better”. Golf Headquarters, like any other business that has been around a long time, has had tough days, but the golf store that has the same owner for the most years statewide has survived through two peso devaluations and an everchanging landscape. “We’ve been fortunate to have a real good loyal base, we’re a lean operation, we own both shops’ real estate and being able to take rent off overhead came in handy during peso devaluations,” Hayter said. “And we separate the game and the business – they’re not intertwined. We can’t fall in love with our products – we’ve got to sell them.” A lot has changed in the industry since the days where only pro shops could sell golf gear...allowing the 1970’s golf gear bootlegger’s like Golf Headquarter’s to develop into today’s mainstream golf specialty shops.

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REALLY GREAT! Considered an average golfer at Weslaco High School, Kassandra Rivera is now a Texas Southern University - and NCAA Div. I - women’s all star


he summer after her junior year at Weslaco High School, Kassandra Rivera was competing in a golf tournament at Horseshoe Bay, in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Rivera, a fair high school golfer “(I’d actually give myself a C-minus,” she admits), knew this tournament was one inundated with college recruiters. She wasn’t focused on that, so when Texas Southern University Golf Coach Hank Stewart came up to her with an offer, she was a little stunned. “He came up to me and said ‘I’ll give you a full ride scholarship if you come to Texas Southern University and play on my golf team,’” she recalled. “So I ended up applying to the Honors College, especially with their ties to Houston Medical Center and I received a scholarship there too.” She’s made the TSU Athletics and Admissions Departments look like geniuses. Rivera has not only maintained a stupendous academic record, bringing 48 credits (all 4.0s) with her and holding a 3.93 GPA, but she has evolved into a golf phenom. The sophomore has won six tournaments through her first two seasons as a Lady Tiger. She’s won four this year, including one at Legendary Oaks in Hempstead, Texas hosted by Prairie View A&M. All she did there was fire a careerbest 71-66 to dominate the field. But to put her triumphs and ability into better perspective, she’s ranked in the top 10 of NCAA women golfers, right

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alongside golfers from Florida, Pepperdine, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Duke, Texas Tech and Washington. “Never in the history of Texas Southern golf has a player ranked that high nationally,” Stewart said. “In my years as a player at TSU, an assistant coach and a head coach, I cannot recall any player ranking in the top 10.”

KASSANDRA’S 2012-13 VICTORIES Valley Fall Shootout, Greenville, Miss.,  72 MVSU Valley State Fall Classic, Greenville, Miss.,  70 Purple & Gold Panther Classic,  70 Prairie View A&M Invitational, 71-66

Her 66 ties her with the number two player in the nation. Rivera also has the lowest average for “subpar strokes per round” (2.33) in Div. I women’s golf. Rivera, 19, said her dad Jessie introduced her – and her older brother Jessie, 21 – to golf at age 4. She didn’t take a liking to it at the start, but then started competing in eighth grade. A major competitor in anything she does, Kassandra went years without beating Jessie – who now plays golf at Alcorn State University. “Now I beat him most of the time… and he doesn’t have a 66 - yet,” she said, jokingly. “We’re both competitive, but we are always giving each other pointers – we want to see each other succeed.” The Palms at Mid-Valley golf pro Joe Powell receives plenty of thanks whenever Kassandra explains where her seemingly sudden improvement came from. “He’s just an amazing teacher,” she said. “He communicates very well and in a way you can understand.”

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YOUR SCORES DROP Having trouble reading the green? Can’t make out how far that marker is? Maybe it’s time to have your eyes examined.


r. Roberto Olivarez remembers when he first put on contacts. The world became alive again. Colors were brighter, the view was sharper. Along the way his golf game improved and the sport became more enjoyable. “There’s no doubt having your vision optimized makes a lot of difference – from trying to read the green to getting the right line for the putt,” said Olivarez, better known around the Valley as Dr. Bob. “The cues we use to see things in 3D are basically being lost when our vision isn’t optimized.” Many people may think good vision is crucial for just fast-paced sports. That’s not the case. Good vision, according to, includes speed of focusing, hand-eye coordination and depth perception, all directly associated with the sport of golf. “If you’re on the fairway and you can’t judge if the flag is 120 of 125 yards, that makes a huge difference, especially for the better

golfer,” said Olivarez, a Mcallen native. “Optimized vision in both eyes is going to make a big difference in the game and make it a lot easier. Olivarez will usually wear contacts and sunglasses when hitting the links. If it’s a last-minute opportunity, like after work, he’ll bring along his prescription sunglasses. Either way, he’s ready. “If you’re not seeing 20-20 or equally out of each eye, you might be able to tell there’s depth but not how much depth or how much height,” he said. “You’re going to lose a lot of things visually.” Olivarez said most times when vision goes bad it’s a gradual loss and people adjust for it. Some indicators that one’s vision may be going bad include squinting, rubbing the eyes, not being able to see the numbers on a golf flag, headaches and tired eyes, among others. He recommends for anyone who hasn’t had an eye exam in more than a year to get them checked – and let their optometrist or doctor know what their hobbies are.


“We have become such an occupation and hobby-specific industry,” Olivarez said, adding that the motorcyclist or hunter will be issued a different prescription than a golfer. “The technology is so different and so advanced today.” Olivarez also recommends wearing quality sunglasses that are 100 percent UV coated – even for kids. He said that damage from the sun – especially in an area like the Valley – may not be noticed until people are in their 40s, 50s or 60s but sunglasses at an early age can help deter that. And sunglasses are a lot more fashionable than they used to be back when your mom and dad wore them. “First, if you already need corrective eyewear and you wear sunglasses, you’re just making your visual error worse on the golf course,” Olivarez said. “Everybody from boys and girls to adults are playing sports year around and the cumulative effect on them from the sun may be something they don’t deal with for years so why don’t we start off with sunglasses now. “A good pair of sunglasses are essential – the better lines. We carry Kaenon’s, Italian designer glasses. So pick what brand and style you want then it’s just what color tint, which will also affect reading the greens, but it’s trial and error.” So if you are having troubles with your golf game (and have ruled out all the other excuses), maybe having your eyes checked will open them to a better round. “If you’re constantly cleaning your glasses or looking for the ‘sweet spot’ on them where you can see, you’re probably not seeing as well as you should. It’s time for that checkup.” Olivarez won’t go out on the limb far enough to promise better scores but he does guarantee you’ll be able to see your scores better by taking care of your vision.


ABOUT “DR. BOB” Dr. Roberto Olivarez, Jr. has been practicing in the Rio Grande Valley for more than 25 years. He graduated from McAllen High School; went on to receive his bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and received his Doctor of Optometry at the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1985. Licensed by the Texas State Board of Optometry as a Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. Contact us: phone: 956-664-0240 fax: 956-664-0185 email: Located at 911 Robin Center 6900 N. 10th St. Suite 5 McAllen, TX 78504

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Active Release TECHNIQUE

By Dr. Brett Martin

Is your body - and your game - coming up short on the course? An alternative therapy like A.R.T. could be that missing component to help you achieve more


oes it seem as though you are achieving less than 100 percent from your body while on the course? It is likely you are experiencing symptoms related to repetitive stress insult to the musculoskeletal system. It is common for athletes to complain about a nagging injury that just won’t go away, often times impeding their ability to perform and predisposing them to more serious conditions. Many wellknown conditions such as carpel tunnel syndrome, golfer’s elbow, piriformis syndrome, sciatica, low back pain, neck pain, and even headaches can be caused by repetitive stress placed upon the musculoskeletal system.

Injury to muscles, tendons, fascia, and nerves is primarily a result of acute strains in the muscle, accumulation of small tears, and loss of tissue oxygen. These factors cause infiltration of tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. As scar tissue accumulates within the soft tissue, muscles become tighter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and possible nerve involvement may create symptoms of numbness, tingling, and weakness. This affects normal ranges of motion causing your body to recruit other muscle groups to compensate, which causes further stress and perpetuates the injury cycle. Repetitive stress injury is not limited to athletic endeavors, as postural issues and jobrelated activities create a platform for overuse syndromes as well.


Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) is a patented soft tissue manipulation technique that has become the gold standard for treating athletes across the world. Active Release Technique was founded by Dr. Leahy, D.C. who combined his studies in engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy and Doctorate in Chiropractic to develop a system by which to identify dysfunction in soft tissues and application of associated treatment protocols to eliminate the problem. The doctors at Martin Chiropractic Clinic are the valley’s only Certified Ironman Triathlon Provider for Active Release technique, and have had continued success helping athletes reach their maximum potential over the

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past 30 years. The Titleist Performance Institute has also recognized A.R.T. as an affiliate for diagnosing and treating injuries related to the golf swing. Application of Active Release Technique has become a necessary component for treatment of professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, and the Olympics. A.R.T. has also been selected as the preferred technique in treating professional athletes in the Ironman Triathlon series.


Every ART session is a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissue is treated by combining precisely directed contact in the muscle, along with very specific patient movements to release tension caused by scar tissue and adhesions. There are over 500 patented moves unique to A.R.T. which allows providers to avoid a cookie cutter approach to soft tissue dysfunction and tailor therapy specific to your injury. A patient should expect increased ranges of motion, relief from tight muscles, decrease in pain, and increased endurance in soft tissues posttreatment. Active Release Technique may be the missing component of achieving the most out of your golf game. The Martin Chiropractic Clinic is located at 206 West Nolana in McAllen. You can call their clinic at (956) 682-7351




SWING Following these five real simple tips will help your accuracy, consistency and, ultimately, lower your handicap


uilding a repeatable swing is the goal of all golf instruction. The secret to producing one with your irons is keeping the clubface square to the swing path. Much easier said than done. Failing to do so forces you to make compensatory moves to return the clubface square. Other keys to building a repeatable swing are:

arms, and shoulders all move away from the ball in unison as you start your backswing, ensuring the clubhead travels on a wide arc away from the ball. This creates a great start to a proper beginning.


Good players feature a one-piece takeaway from the ball, which I stress in my golf tips and lessons. Staying connected means everything - your club, hands,

John Amour is a Columbus, Texas native who resides in McAllen, Texas. He played college golf at San Jacinto Junior College and at the University of Texas Pan-American, where he was named the 1997-98 male athlete of the year. He turned pro in 1999 and in 2005 formed STGOLF, a golf lesson company. He is also a partner in Tag-T, a company that specializes in golf tournaments throughout the United States and Mexico. He has given more than 10,000 golf lessons and has organized hundreds of tournaments and events.

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SET THE CLUB ON THE CORRECT PLANE The great players are on the proper plane, whether it is Tiger or Phil. To do so, hinge or cock your wrists as you move into the backswing. As your arms continue to swing upward and your body begins to rotate, the wrists point the toe of the clubhead skyward while your left shoulder replaces the right shoulder to generate a proper shoulder turn. The shaft angle to the ball stays the same and the clubhead remains square to the swing’s path.


At the top of the backswing, your club moves into “the slot” position, where the club’s shaft is horizontal to the ground and parallel to the target line. The clubface’s angle matches your left wrist angle. Known as square, this is the ideal position to aim for at the top of the backswing. In addition, your original spine angle and your head position remain the same as at address. Your shoulders are turned 90 degrees while your hips are turned minimally, creating the coiling of the big muscles in your body to help generate clubhead speed. Approximately 60 percent of your weight is over the right foot and you feel resistance in your right leg.


As you begin your downswing. Settle your weight smoothly back on your left side as you start to unwind. As you shift your weight to the left, your right heel comes off the ground slightly. Your hands


lead the club into the ball at impact. You probably have heard others say keep your hands in front of your body; no doing do creates the most common issue for your average player - the dreaded slice.


Squaring your shoulders at impact helps you square your hands, thus releasing the club through your swing. I always address this point when giving lessons. After releasing the club, your shoulders will occupy a slightly open position after impact, ensuring the club has the room needed to travel the correct path. This will help you stay on the correct plane to create more consistent ball striking with your irons. Finish with a balanced followthrough. With your chest pointing toward your target and the club in its proper position on the back of your neck.

HITTING 20 BALLS THE RIGHT WAY OUTWEIGHS HITTING 2,000 THE WRONG WAY I wish the swing was a simple thing, but when a golf ball is put in front of us it’s not that simple. If you practice the proper way, results will come as desired. If you practice the incorrect way, results will also happen - just not good ones. Taking your time and hitting 20 golf balls correctly outweighs hitting 2,000 wrong. Building that repeatable swing produces accuracy, consistency, and lowers your handicap. Plus, it is always a lot more fun to play better and beat your friends. I like being the guy that has to buy the food at the end of the round.

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HERE’S HOW To hit longer drives is the dream of every golfer on the planet! Even the professionals players want to hit longer drives. Is there a magic bullet? Do you really know what it takes to dramatically improve your driving distance?


’ll bet your first answer will be a new driver at $500. Am I right? If not a driver…take more golf lessons. Am I getting warmer yet? If I still haven’t guessed right…hit more balls at the range? Am I scorching hot yet? There are two keys to hitting longer drives - clubhead speed and solid ball-clubface contact. That’s it! Seems easy enough right? Not! The ONLY way to improve clubhead speed is to have optimal strength and flexibility in your core region. This is the area of your body that creates the torque on the backswing that is unleashed at impact. How many times have you tried to swing hard and the ball didn’t go anywhere? I’ve been there. How many times did you “just not care” and all of a sudden the

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ball rocketed off the clubface. That one time…you were relaxed and probably made a bigger backswing, therefore producing more torque (energy). But I’ll bet you have a hard to repeating that don’t you? That’s because your body has physical limitations that will not allow you to repeatedly make a full backswing and store that energy. By incorporating rotational strength and flexibility exercises specific to the golf swing, you will see dramatic increases in clubhead speed and distance. But you still have to hit the ball. “There’s been a lot of emphasis on increasing clubhead speed but as players we often forget hitting the ball in the sweet spot. You can have clubhead speed but research has shown that hitting the ball in the sweet spot will give

you even more distance,” said Palm View Golf Course Director of Golf Carlos Espinosa. “It’s sort of like nailing with a hammer. Hit it dead square and the nail goes into the board a lot further. Same thing here. “Of course, anytime you are physically fit, you will have an advantage when you have an athletic move to make, no matter what sport. But at the end of the day if you’re not hitting it in the center it’s not going to matter.” Now if you are already driving it 260 plus yards, you may not see a 50-yard increase, but you could realistically see a 30 -ard increase. It’s all about getting your body to move a little better within your golf swing. So next time you get the motivation to improve your driving distance…think of working on your body…not swinging harder. And hit the sweet spot. The ultimate goal is to hit longer drives!


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USING TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY Whether it’s a 15-year golf veteran who’s just trying to start from scratch, or a college star who’s looking to tweak her game, golfers are more and more deciding to not do it alone


and launch data. Prior to this innovation, monitoring a player’s swing largely was limited to an instructor’s real-time observations. The Denverbased company estimates it gives 20 percent of all golf lessons nationwide.

GolfTec uses a unique combination of Certified Personal Coaches and advanced technology to create an environment designed for sustainable results. GolfTec uses innovative technology of motion capture, biofeedback, swing

“When you see your swing after you have sensors on, you realize what the naked eye just can’t tell you,” Payton said. Recently, Payton and fellow GolfTec CPT Aswad L. Browning, also known as Shaudi, have been working with Samantha Parrao and Dr. Ken Romano, among others. Different genders, different bodies, different age

hen you try to fix yourself you plateau, you peak,” said James Payton, manager and certified personal trainer at GolfTec in McAllen. “When people take lessons and see their friends are improving, they don’t want to be the guy holding their friends back.”

groups but the same positive results. Parrao is a junior UTPA golfer who came to work on her consistency and length. She’s seen results, shaving 3-4 strokes. “It hasn’t been just one thing at GolfTec,” she said. “From the way I swing to thinking about the course to how to make the game yours – it’s a complete package.” “We opted to go with a much shorter golf swing for more accuracy to make her swing easier,” Payton said. “She was already explosive and flexible and talented.” Romano came to GolfTec after dealing with several coaches but not finding the improvement he was hoping for.

GolfTec is located at 2901 N. 10th St., Suite J, in McAllen. Call James (left) or Shaudi at (956) 994-9631 to set up an assessment.

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“Every coach would pick one thing out of his swing and fix that one thing as opposed to starting from the bottom of the swing,” Payton said. “His goal was to not embarrass himself. We closed his error margin down alot. Let’s say it was 100 percent; now it’s 30 percent. He’s less sporadic and he’s no longer hitting his drives over two fairways.”


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GOING CLUBBING? Things To Consider When In The Market For Golf Clubs


he golf club market is a strange phenomenon. Every year, new models of clubs come out that every golfer in the world drools over. They are still just sticks with chunks of the same material attached to the end, but golfers always feel the need to upgrade and find higher quality sticks. However, if you avoid falling into this mindset you will find that you are much happier. When you decide that you want your own golf clubs, it is best to step back and take a look at your situation in a way that will let you determine what you really need to spend your money on. Consider some of the following things, and decide for yourself whether you want to spend money on the more expensive clubs or if you’d rather just get some older, more reliable, and cheaper clubs. First, consider how serious you are about golfing. Are you looking to become a professional golfer, or do you just go out on the weekend with your buddies? If you are still a beginner, then there is almost no reason in the world for you to spend money on deluxe golf clubs,

even if you someday plan to be a pro. By buying the high-end golf clubs and skipping beyond your own abilities, you are cheating yourself out of the valuable learning that the other clubs can offer you. So keep within your ability range (if you have lower ability, you will be happy to find that you will have to pay a lower price for your clubs), and if you find that you are still seriously progressing, you may upgrade in the future. Next you will want to think about how often you golf. If you golf every day, then you will find that it is worth it to pay extra for golf clubs that have a higher durability and lifespan. However, some of the high-end graphite clubs are known for everything but their durability, so you don’t want to mistake costliness for quality. If you stick with a good old set of steel clubs, you are not likely to have to replace them anytime soon. Steel clubs are also stiffer, so if you have a faster swing then you would probably want to go with them anyways. No matter what you choose, you will want to take it out and take a few swings with it before you commit to buying it. So if the more expensive golf clubs


aren’t all that great, why do people spend such obscene amounts of money on them? The truth is that if you have the skill level required to handle some of the more expensive clubs, it could pay off. They are designed to be very unforgiving and unfriendly to amateurs, instead rewarding the skill and accuracy that comes with years of practice. So if you are a beginner golfer who is buying an expensive new set of golf clubs, you are most likely shooting yourself in the foot. Stick with cheaper, more forgiving clubs, no matter what the most popular golfing magazines tell you. If you don’t believe that the more expensive clubs will hinder your game, borrow one and try it for a few shots. See how it affects your game. Rather than taking any advice you read in golf magazines, on the internet, or even here, you would do best to go out and talk to some of your golfing buddies. See what they recommend, and have them study your strokes to see if they have any suggestions based on your unique playing style. Go to the club stores and try out as many clubs as you can before deciding on one. This will ensure the best results, since you will have personal experience with every golf club that you will be choosing from. This is much better than being completely clueless and choosing simply based on the statistics that you are given.


f l o G rses u o C

There are plenty of choices when it comes to golfing in the Rio Grande Valley. The following pages takes a look at many of those golf courses to choose from 32 [Southtexas Golf #1]


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: WEBSITE: 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 been the home of Several rare birds and butterflies sightings.

“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, wellmaintained 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, wellplaced 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.


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) 542-9861 WEBSITE: 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.

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” GOLF COURSE NARRATIVE/ DESCRIPTION: (100-200 words, we may have to cut this part down):

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Under new management, VICC is 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 WEBSITE:

PAR: 70 YARDAGE White 4,924 Black 5,517 Blue 6,130 Orange 6,538

The scenery is nice but can make for tough shots

FAIRWAY GRASS: Bermuda Grass

VICC is located in the center of Brownsville



OTHER: 47 sand bunkers around the greens

GOLF PRO: Derrick Dixon

OTHER FACILITIES: Practice area Pro Shop Bar (two snack and bar rooms) Restaurant


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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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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

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packages from $45 per player 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

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

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

Located in Edinburg, Los Lagos is just a hop away from almost anywhere in the Valley.

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.


Course Info: PAR: 1-18 is par 72, 19-27 is par 36 YARDS FROM EACH COLORED SET OF TEES: ???? GRASS: Common Bermuda Tee boxes: Bermuda 419 Greens: Bermuda 328 and 419

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:

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FACEBOOK/TWITTER: martinvalleyranch DIRECTOR OF GOLF: Nigel Carter 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.

South Texas Golf Magazine’s western most golf course is a favorite among Winter Texans but nearby occupants visit it regularly as well.

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. 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. Marti 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 funfilled 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.

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


ADDRESS: 615 Wichita Ave., McAllen, TX 78503

GOLF PRO: Mike Perez

PHONE: (956) 686-0923

ARCHITECT: Jay Riviere


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

GREENS: Mini Verde 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. 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.  


Ask about our spa packages.

•Spa manicure •Haircuts •Shaving •Facials •Waxing

Ph: (956) 213 8153 1017 Pecan Blvd, McAllen Tx 78501

•Body exfoliation •Sauna •Jacuzzi •Most types of massages Mention this ad and receive a


Full Body Massage First time clients only.

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GOLF COURSE 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 Ray Pena 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.

With continual renovations and improvements, Monte Cristo 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

Member, Thursday Sundowner Scramble begins in April - Septemeber, John Autry Scramble begins Jan-Mar. PAR: 71

WEBSITE: http://www.

YARDAGE Gold 6,392 Blue 6,014 White 5,373 Red 4,521


FAIRWAY GRASS: 419 Bermuda

GOLF PRO: Ray Pena

GREENS: Tiff Dwarf

ANNUAL TOURNAMENTS: Member Guest / Member

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

FAX: 956-318-0201

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.

 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. For more information email


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Palm View Golf Course is home to the biggest tournaments MS 286some blue of and 347 green. in the Rio Gande Valley. PALMVIEW GOLF COURSE 2701 S. Ware Road McAllen, Texas, 78503 (956) 681-3444 (tel) (956) 681-3447 (fax) DIRECTOR OF GOLF: Carlos Espinosa ARCHITECT: Charles Howard TOURNAMENTS Approximately 22 per year RGV API Fundraiser VAMOS McAllen Amateur Golf Championship 17 Winter Texan Leagues

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COURSE INFORMATION Par-72 5,779 yards – middle tees 6771 yards – back tees Fairways – 419 Bermuda Roughs – Common Bermuda 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

 Wide open fairways – but plenty of trouble to get into

Near Expressway 83 makes Palm View easy to get to.

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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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


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

GOLF PRO: Joe Powell


ARCHITECT: John Aguillon

ROUGHS: Bermuda


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 MidValley 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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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: 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

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: SPIGC 2-Man Tournament Series Championship (MayOctober), Leo Aguilar Foundation Tournament (March 9, 2013) Associated General Contractor of Texas Tournament (May 2, 2013) Executive Hunting Club (May 3, 2013), RGV Reprographics (Sept. 27, 2013) KC Wood Golf Classic (Oct. 3 & 4, 2013), Senator Eddie Lucio Texas Legends Golf Classic (Nov. 2013) , 5th Annual SPIGC Holiday Pro Am (Dec. 7, 2013)

PHONE: (956) 943-GOLF FAX: (956) 943-2361 WEBSITE: FACEBOOK/TWITTER: GENERAL MANAGER: Kris Garcia GOLF PRO: Kris Garcia

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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 Nike equipment and apparel Oak Tree Grill open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m daily 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, built by Landmark Land Co., one of the nation’s premier developers, is a windswept, links-style layout routed along the shores of the beautiful Laguna Madre Bay.


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Tierra Santa is 7,100 yards longs 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


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 1-18 Blue – 6,320 White: 5,837 ADDRESS: Red: 5,113 2640 South M Street, Harlingen 19-27 White - 2,881 PHONE: 956-216-5970 Red - 2467

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

COURSE NAME: Tony Butler Golf Course


FAIRWAY GRASS: Common Bermuda


ROUGHS: Common Bermuda

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

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

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

See the “Who Was Tony Butler?” story on Page 10


Following are some more choices when it comes to golfing in the Rio Grande Valley: MEADOW CREEK 1300 Circle Drive Mission, TX 78572 Phone: 956.581.6267 www.

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THE CLUB AT CIMARRON 1220 S. Shary Road Mission, TX 78572 Phone: 956.581.7405 Clubs/Club-at-Cimarron/ Amenities/Golf RIVER BEND 4541 Military Highway 281 Brownsville, TX 78520 Phone: 956.548.0192

RANCHO VIEJO 3420 Carmen Avenue Rancho Viejo, TX 78575 Phone: 956.350.4359

TREASURE HILLS 3009 N. Augusta National Drive, Harlingen, TX 78550 Phone: 956.365-3100

TIERRA DEL SOL 700 E. Hall Acres Road Pharr, TX 78577 Phone: 956.702.2320

HARLINGEN COUNTRY CLUB 5500 El Camino Real Harlingen, TX 78552 PHONE: 956.412.4100


FOLLOWING ARE PHOTOS FROM THE FOLLOWING TOURNAMENTS: McAllen Women's Invitational at McAllen Country Club Toys for Tots Tournament at Valley International Country Club United Blood Services Tournament at Palm View Golf Course JRG Foundation Tournament at Tierra Santa Golf Course

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In 1919, beer was banned. Barrels were broken. Breweries went belly up. Drinking a beer became an act of protest against those in power. Each toast was a citizen’s demand to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. When beer became legal again 14 years later, it was never the same.


That is, until a few years ago when we discovered an old beer recipe in the basement archives of the brewery dating back before Prohibition. Batch 19™ is inspired by the last batches of beer brewed before 1919. Inspired by an authentic pre-Prohibition recipe, this bold, hoppy, and surprisingly balanced lager derives its bold taste from a rare combination of hops. Hersbrucker hops provide herbal notes and Strisselspalt hops deliver notes of black currant. We are aware of no other major brewer in America who uses this combination today.

The Growler • This growler is a natural choice to drive velocity—you can empty a ½-BBL keg by selling just 25 to 27 growlers. • The growler is a throwback to the late 1800s, when thirsty folks bought their beer from bars in covered half-gallon containers. • The name is rumored to originate from the growling sound of carbon dioxide escaping from the lid as the beer sloshed around. • The Batch 19 growler’s generous serving size makes it ideal for sharing this bold brew with friends.

Batch 19 by the Numbers ABV: 5.5% IBUs: 26 Unpasteurized

The Bottle That Evokes an Era The understated yet bold design of the Batch 19 bottle evokes the spirit of an earlier time. Pre-Prohibition bottles were characterized by their no-frills appearance and simple embossing. In tribute to this era, embossed transfer rings have been included around the neck of the bottle. These rings kept the bottles on the conveyor track as they were moved around the brewery. As a final touch, 1919 is stamped into the neck of the bottle to recall the year that beer was banned.

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TO GOLF? Although most people feel golf is a sport of leisure that one plays on a weekend morning, the truth is golf is in most cases a very serious and competitive sport


ike all other sports golf can certainly require more out of you physically to be competitive. Because of that, golfers are prone to injury just like football and baseball players – minus that whole getting knocked out by a linebacker thing. For this reason a well-developed conditioning program is important to their game. A golfer’s conditioning program should cover every major fitness component and take into consideration. The following is a list of those components: » FLEXIBILITY: This is very important to golfers in regards to the quality of their swing. A golfer with poor flexibility will almost always suffer more inaccuracy driving the ball to its target. » STRENGTH: The golfer improves his distance and accuracy when he can drive the ball with more power and ease. The golfer also buys himself some important insurance against injury with a wellrounded strengthening program. » ENDURANCE: This component allows the golfer to continue to play at a high level well into the last hole. This is where you eliminate the fatigue factor from your game.

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KEEPING IN SHAPE WILL KEEP YOU AWAY FROM SOME COMMON PAINS ON THE GOLF COURSE » NUTRITION: A component often overlooked by most athletes is their food intake. This is where you make sure your getting all the basic nutrients your body needs to perform at its optimum level. » SUPPLEMENTATION: I call this component the Explosive Edge for athletes. Unlike many other sports, golfers have lagged behind in this area because they feel supplementation is for the big football player, track athlete or basketball player. Supplementation is key to consistent high level consistent success in golf. I coach them on the safe and effective products to take for hydration, mental focus, muscular development and endurance for a golfer’s Explosive Edge. The golfer needs to be aware of the training program to utilize while in-

season versus off-season. A qualified personal trainer can help you set up a program tailored to your level of fitness. In golf, the back and shoulders are the areas of the body that are more susceptible to injury due to lack of conditioning or improper mechanics.

Remember to always warm-up before you exercise with some brisk walking, jogging or jumping jacks. You can then stretch your legs, upper body and trunk region. Remember to consult your physician before attempting any exercise program. For more information on how to get yourself started on a golf conditioning & supplementation program call Jorge Vela, Certified Personal Trainer at 956.451.8962 or email or visit


Luxury Watches :

WEARABLE MASTERPIECES How would you like a piece of the Titanic on your wrist?


aybe you’d just like a different watch from Ulyssse Nardin – the most celebrated watch brand in the world. You can see these brands (how about one with Moon DNA inside it?) – and many others – without leaving the confines of the Rio Grande Valley Exclusive Timepieces “Luxury Watches” of McAllen specializes in some of the worlds’ most prestigious timepieces. They are the only Authorized Agent in South Texas to represent Ulysse Nardin, Romain Jerome DNA of Famous Legends, Cuervo y Sobrinos, Vulcain, and Oris. Exclusive Timepieces is known as one of the premier “Luxury Watch Boutiques” in the United States and the only one in South Texas to represent these very prestigious watch brands. “Our clients are searching for exclusive watch brands that will set them apart from others and offer limited edition timepieces,” said Pete Moreno, President of Exclusive Timepieces. “They come to us for ‘Prestige and Exclusivity,’” Ulysse Nardin is the most celebrated brand in the world, and is the only one to have received more than 4300 Awards, 18 Gold Medals, Registered in the Guin-

ness Book of World Records, and was awarded “Watch of The Year” in 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2004. “This is a record unsurpassed in the world” states Patrik Hoffman, World CEO for Ulysse Nardin. Romain Jerome is known for using very rare metals in the production of their watches. Their world famous TITANICDNA collection contain rare metal from the hull of the world’s most famous cruise luxury liner…The Titanic. Each watch comes with a letter of authenticity from Harland & Wolff, the company that built the Titanic. These are the world’s most sensational timepieces, and “very exclusive” For “Wearable Masterpieces” visit Exclusive Timepieces “Luxury Watches” at 1217 South 10th in McAllen, tel 956 687 2981.





Savvy investors have long realized that what their investments earn after taxes is what really counts

» TIP 1: INVEST IN TAX-DEFERRED AND TAX-FREE ACCOUNTS Tax-deferred investments include company-sponsored retirement savings accounts such as traditional 401(k) and 403(b) plans and traditional individual retirement accounts (IRAs). In some cases,

contributions to these accounts may be made on a pretax basis or may be tax deductible. More important, investment earnings compound tax deferred until withdrawal, typically in retirement, when you may be in a lower tax bracket. Contributions to Roth IRAs and Roth 401(k) savings plans are not deductible. Earnings that accumulate in Roth accounts can be withdrawn tax free if you are over age 59 ½, have held the account for at least five years and meet the requirements for a qualified distribution.

» TIP 2: MANAGE INVESTMENTS FOR TAX EFFICIENCY Tax-managed investment accounts are managed in ways that can help reduce their taxable distributions. Your investment professional can employ a combination of tactics, such as minimizing portfolio turnover, investing in stocks that do not pay dividends and selectively Harvey Lopez and Adrian Martinez bring more than 20 years of selling stocks that Wealth Management, business solutions and Insurance experihave become less ence serving the Rio Grande Valley. Their Revolution Wealth attractive at a loss Management offices are located at 801 E. Fern in McAllen. If you to counterbalhave question, you can call Harvey @ 956-874-8750 and Adrian @ 956-465-9597 ance taxable gains

The information in this article is not intended to be tax advice and should not be treated as such. You should consult with you tax advisor to discuss your personal situation before making any decisions.

elsewhere in the portfolio. In years when returns on the broader market are flat or negative, investors tend to become more aware of capital gains generated by portfolio turnover, since the resulting tax liability can offset any gain or exacerbate a negative return on the investment. » TIP 3: PUT LOSSES TO WORK At times, you may be able to use losses in your investment portfolio to help offset realized gains. It's a good idea to evaluate your holdings periodically to assess whether an investment still offers the long-term potential you anticipated when you purchased it. Your realized losses in a given tax year must first be used to offset realized capital gains. If you have “leftover” losses, you can offset up to $3,000 against ordinary income. Any remainder can be carried forward to offset gains or income in future years. » TIP 4: KEEP GOOD RECORDS Keep records of purchases, sales, distributions and dividend reinvestments so that you can properly calculate the basis of shares you own and choose the most preferential tax treatment for shares you sell. Keeping an eye on how taxes can affect your investments is one of the easiest ways to help enhance your returns over time. For more information about the tax aspects of investing, consult your tax professional.

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fter factoring in federal income and capital gains taxes, the alternative minimum tax (AMT), and potential state and local taxes, your investment returns in any given year may be reduced by 40% or more. Luckily, there are tools and tactics to help you manage taxes and your investments. Here are four tips to help you become a more tax-savvy investor.


Hot On The (Waccamaw) Trail:

Great Lowcountry Golf

Stray just a little south of the hustle and bustle of the “Grand Strand” and you’ll find 11 little bits of golf heaven


hen people think of Myrtle Beach, the first words that come to mind are along the lines of “glitzy,” or “crowded.” “Golf” probably comes to mind too. After all, Myrtle Beach has an energetic feel, generated by the millions of visitors who come and go (some stay forever) over the course of a year to visit the beaches and play golf. A lot of golf. But the 60-plus mile contiguous stretch known as the Grand Strand is not homogenously “Myrtle Beach” in this sense. The southern end, in fact, has a relaxed, refined, quieter feel. Known as the Hammock Coast, it boasts 11 of the best courses on the Strand. Those golf courses comprise the acclaimed Waccamaw Golf Trail. The jewel of the Trail is Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, a masterpiece designed by the late Mike Strantz. Opening in 1994, Caledonia

For lodging, dining and additional information on the Waccamaw Golf Trail, visit or call (800) 661-2928. How to get there. Southwest Airlines to Charleston, S.C.

has been a regular on numerous “top courses” lists by many golf publications, and with good reason. A round there is like playing on a peaceful estate of the Old South, with specimen trees, flowers and shrubs in profusion. Caledonia’s sister course, Strantz’s True Blue Plantation, is a sweeping, scrubby brute that is as fun to play as it is difficult to tame. Whereas playing Caledonia is like courting Scarlett O’Hara, tackling True Blue is like wrestling with Teddy Roosevelt. It too has a fantastic finishing hole, a long, watery par-4 that backs up to the clubhouse, which is a striking shade of indigo in concordance with the course’s name. The laid-back attitude the Waccamaw Golf Trail exudes extends to the rest of its courses as well, from the venerable Willard Byrd-designed Litchfield Country Club (circa 1966) to the chic Tom Fazio/

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Lanny Wadkins TPC at Myrtle Beach layout, which hosted the 2000 Senior Tour Championship shortly after it opened. Other golf legends have left their marks on the Waccamaw Golf Trail. Pawleys Plantation, a 1988 Jack Nicklaus Signature design, features two of the Trail’s most grippingly scenic holes. Both par 3s on its inward nine, the 13th and the 17th, require gutsy iron shots over expansive tidal marsh that separates the mainland from Pawleys Island proper. Gary Player lent his hand to Blackmoor Golf Club, the Trail’s northernmost outpost. While the sense of refinement is central to the Trail’s appeal, bloated pricing is not. Greens fees fluctuate throughout the year, especially rewarding visitors who brave the heat of the summer or are willing to don a sweater in the winter with low rates and relatively uncrowded courses.

›› Pawleys Plantation

TPC of Myrtle Beach

Heritage Club

Litchfield Country Club

True Blue Plantation


Willbrook Plantation

Tradition Club



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. or call toll free 1-800-661-2928

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River Club at Litchfield

Wachesaw Plantation East

Wedgefield Plantation


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