Golf Courses, Parks and Festivals Round Out Odessa's Recreational Opportunities

By Jessica Walker on April 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm EST


Odessa's residents can take advantage of a variety of recreational opportunities in the area, such as golf courses, parks, festivals and special events.


A Scottish style golf course, the Ratliff Ranch Golf Links sets on 125 acres of rolling hills and is suitable for players of all skill levels. An on-site driving range, putting green and chipping area are also available for players to enjoy.

In addition to the course and practice areas, a clubhouse with a fully-stocked pro shop can be accessed as well as a recently remodeled restaurant area that includes a full-service bar and grill.

The Odessa Country Club features a private 36-hole golf course, five practice greens and a driving range with four tee boxes facing different directions so that players may experience wind variations.

This county club also offers six lighted tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and dining rooms.

An 18-hole course that opened in 1954, the Sunset Country Club is a public golf course that also offers a driving range with 30 tees.

Parks, Pools and Playing Fields

Odessa provides 34 parks, 11 public tennis courts, four public swimming pools and four playing fields for residents to enjoy.

Festivals and Events

Nine major festivals and events take place in Odessa each year, including the Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo; the Midessa Boat, RV & Gun Show; West Texas Relays; Cinco de Mayo; Firecracker Fandango; Permian Basin Fair & Expo; Shakespeare Festival at the Globe Theatre; Commemorative Air Force/Air Show; and the Merry Marketplace.

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