Tierra Del Sol Golf Club is owned and operated by the City of Pharr and is a very traditional and straightforward 18 holes. From each of the tee boxes you can typically see that pin and what you're up against. You will have to manage some creeks and ponds that can come into play on 15 holes, a couple dog legs, and one or two challenging approaches. If you can keep the ball in the fairways, which are ample, you'll have a good round at a very reasonable value.
Most of the holes are very similar – straight ahead, a little water that can come into play, a bunker or two to avoid, and oval greens – with reasonable yardages that offer some good opportunities for birdies. A couple holes are fun, for example:
#2 is short at 385 and a good opportunity for par or better is achievable if you can avoid the creek along the left side, three ponds on the right, and three bunkers guarding the green
#5 can be tough because the green is tucked into the right side and if you favor that side you're likely to find the creek that goes from tee box to green
#10 gives you a good risk reward opportunity if you want to try and fly the trees (all of which are typical small south Texas size) and miss the bunker to shorten this 502 yard dog leg left
#15 is a 175 yard par three that is all carry over the lake
The back nine seemed that is was a little more fun, in a little better condition, and the greens were tougher – some skinny ovals and most had more slope and some undulation.
The fairways were in pretty good shape and most are ample off the tee box – bring out the big dog and let it rip, but if you spray it there is a good probability you/re wet. The roughs are ample and some are thicker than others and can be a little tough to get out of.
The greens are small to average size and all have some minor and very manageable slope. They were a tad slow and a little bumpy and in fair to good condition.
The bunkers, except for a few that had redone with some soft thick sand, were terrible – little to no sand and some were packed firm dirt! The good news is they have small lips and you might get lucky and roll out.
The first few holes on the front must play along a sewage plant or something that doesn't smell that good.
The pace of play can be very slow thanks to the course popularity, fivesomes, walkers, and lots of seniors.