that summer is here, coupled with the first stages of eased lockdown
restrictions, cooped-up Texans are feeling the urge to get away after being
stuck inside for months.
physical distancing remaining top of mind, many would-be travelers are looking
to stay closer to home rather than board a plane to some far-flung destination.
If a slow-style vacation sounds good this year, spending carefree days fishing,
dining, laying out on the beach or playing as much golf as possible, then consider
an in-state trip to South Padre Island.
tropical oasis located off the southern tip of Texas has many attractions for
outdoor enthusiasts both on and off the water, but golfers eager to tee it up will
want to make a beeline for South Padre Island Golf Club.
by Chris Cole and Stephen Caplinger, South Padre Island Golf Club opened for
play in 1997. Though not technically located on the barrier island – it’s
situated on the mainland in Port Isabel – the golf course definitely has a
links feel with many holes running alongside beautiful Laguna Madre Bay and
framed by wild, native vegetation.
as one might expect from its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, wind is
nearly always a factor at South Padre Island Golf Club. Fortunately, the architects
planned for steady breezes in their player-friendly layout and built wide
fairways and generous green complexes. There are also five different tee boxes from
which to choose. Every golfer can play from a length they’re comfortable with, ranging
from 6,931 yards from the tips to 5,239 yards from the forward tees.
TGA recently provided some incentive to go check out South Padre Island Golf
Club. On July 25, we’re hosting a Fun Golf Play Day at the seaside course. Fun
Golf outings are the TGA’s most inclusive events: come one, come all for a
laid-back, recreational golf experience. No one is required to turn in a
scorecard, there are no Rules officials and you don’t even have to putt out
those pesky 3-footers. The only mandates are right in the name of the event: have
fun and play golf.
The South Padre Island Golf
Club outing is open to TGA Members and nonmembers, too. For information, click
anyone who finds their game a little rusty after the lockdown, South Padre
Island Golf Club also has terrific practice facilities. There’s a large putting
green and chipping area, and the range is especially roomy with natural turf
and plenty of targets to aim for. Or, since this is supposed to be a time to
relax, skip the practice session and head straight to the clubhouse for a cool
drink and tasty bite to eat at Divots Bar and Grill.
way, the coastal ambiance, beautiful natural setting and friendly staff at
South Padre Island Golf Club will make for a truly laid-back vacation
For more information about South Padre Island
Golf Club, click here.