Harlingen, TX Offers Seven Courses for Golfers of All Levels
In a city that is barely above sea level, Harlingen offers golfers seven courses in which to try to get below par. Because of the proximity to the Gulf Coast, most of the courses are relatively flat, making them easy to walk. And the warm weather means golf can be played year-round.
Tony Butler Municipal
Two of the courses are part of the same facility that is named in honor of Tony Butler, a south Texas native who played professionally in the 1920s and ‘30s and later became the head pro at Harlingen Municipal Golf Course. Since 1973, the course has been called Tony Butler Municipal. It offers a traditional 18-hole course that measures approximately 6,400 yards, and a nine-hole course that plays at approximately 2,600 yards. Both courses have tree-lined fairways and several challenging water hazards.
Treasure Hills Golf Club
One of the newer jewels on the Harlingen golf scene is the Treasure Hills Golf Club. This Robert Trent Jones-designed course opened in 2000 and provides a stern test of golf. From the back tees the course plays at nearly 7,000 yards, and it is one of the few courses in the area with hilly terrain. There are approximately 50 bunkers in play and water hazards on several holes, but the fairways are wide and the greens elevated.
There are two other nine-hole public courses in the city. Cottonwood Creek is a par-3 course that is ideal for the casual golfer. It measures only 1,245 yards and provides challenges without being overly taxing. The area’s newest offering is the Stuart Place Golf Course, which opened in 2006 and measures 2,742 yards.
Harlingen also has two private golf courses. The Harlingen Country Club course was built in 1968 and plays at approximately 6,500 yards. The course is the site for the annual South Texas Junior Golf Classic, and the popular “Life Begins at 40” tournament, a match-play event for golfers nationwide age 40 and older.
Finally, Sunshine Country Club Estates is a nine-hole, par-3 course that measures barely 1,000 yards. The terrain is flat and there are only a handful of sand bunkers, but there are some tricky water hazards to navigate.