Monday, January 24, 2011

An outsider's view of Lake Casa Blanca golf course

Ok, maybe Lake Casa Blanca golf course ain't that bad, is it?
Unfortunately for the citizens of Laredo and those visiting this bustling border city, the only option for public golf is the very average 18-hole Casa Blanca Golf Course. Although a new clubhouse was added in 1996, the overall condition of the course is below average and locals complain the most about the greens.
Leon Howard built this course in the 1960s. While his front nine is a decent layout that can be challenging, the back nine doesn't seem to flow with the remainder of the design. Water comes into play on only three holes. The hardpan fairways allow your ball to roll well.

Your best birdie opportunity is the 130-yard No. 8. And if you score well on the front, you'll be delighted to see the first two holes on the back, which are both par 5s under 500 yards from the back tees. The number one handicap is 524-yard No. 4 hole.
Considering that the Max. A. Mandel municipal golf course which is currently under construction is only the second golf course in the city, It was surprising to read what asst. city manager Horacio De Leon had to say.  According to the LMT, De Leon recently commented : "Hopefully, this will the the start of several more golf courses".  This seem pretty improbable considering that the last golf course (Casa Blanca) was built way back in the 1960. That's roughly a 50 year span between golf courses. But, you gotta hand it to the asst. city manager- that's thinking positively.

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