265 Sunset Ave, Port Aransas, Texas 78373, US
(361) 749-4653
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About Palmilla Beach Resort & Golf Community

On the Texas coast, Palmilla Beach Resort & Golf Club in Port Aransas features a rare links golf course in the United States. Originally designed by Arnold Palmer, the course was later shorted to a nine-hole course under 2,500 yards and a three-hole short golf course called the "Loop: as part of the resort's commitment to a family-friendly and relaxed lifestyle. The resort is a residential development that uses Turnkey for its vacation rental properties. Homeowners and guests through the resort have access to a concierge, beach and pool access. There are several bars and restaurants onsite highlighted by the Black Marlin. Port Aransas is located south of Houston near Corpus Christi.

Facts

Price Range$$, $$$
Property Class★★★
Acres550
Year Opened2008
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities

RestaurantsBar, Casual
Room TypesVillas/Casitas
Short CourseYes
Practice FacilityYes
Beach AccessYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Palmilla Beach Resort & Golf Community

Reviews

3.6
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Handicap 0-4
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2.0
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First Time Playing
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Palmilla Resort

Not that great for the money. Rough needs a lot of work. The course is just shaggy which is unacceptable for a $90 green fee.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Our second time playing. Wish this course was in San Antonio. Well kept. Super greens. Beautiful views. Challenging yet playable.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

Palmilla Golf Club

the golf course was very good condition. The wind is always in the play. The pace was very excellent.I would come back again any time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Very Windy Day

The course is in great shape. Too bad we chose a day when the wind was blowing 25+. Had a good time anyway.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Poor weather
Used cart

May 2014 review

Always enjoy this course. Greens had been aerated the week before I arrived, so the greens were not as perfect as is usually the case. They still putted true, just very slow. Took a lot of getting used to , as they are usually lightning quick. The course was in excellent shape, and there was no crowd as usual. Personnel at the course were very friendly and helpful as usual. the front desk was especially nice. By far the best course in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent, challenging, watch for snakes

Recently played this course with 4 relatives. Pace of play was right @ 4 hours. Things moved along well. Challenging fairway layouts along with a steady breeze add for an exciting challenge off the tee. Correctly placed Tee shots on the par 5's (depending on tee choice and length off the tee) are reachable in 2. Greens were very accepting and very well maintained. Be very cautious to seek arrant shots in the thick rough. Bull snakes and rattle snakes serve as viscious spectators. All in all happy with the round and experience. Definitely will return.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pamilla Beach Golf Club

I really enjoyed the the course. The narrow fairways made you hit straight. Rough was a problem due to snakes. Greens were fast, undulating and true. Bunker sand was soft and fluffy.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good course, inflated price

Played 18 mid-week on Hot Deal. This was great bang for my buck with the course in pretty decent shape and far from crowded. The greens were the only thing that could have used improvement. They were not overplayed but mismanaged. The vast majority of imperfections on the greens are from previous hole locations that were dead around the edges and ground under repair not properly marked. To be fair, this problem was not egregious but mild. The greens were still well above average and rolled tight. The fairways were in great shape, mowed tight with great undulation.
The most important thing to realize about this course is that the rough eats balls. If you hit off the fairway, finding your ball is an extreme long-shot. That being said, I didn't feel that any of the fairways were unfairly narrow. If you are one who is used to playing from 5 feet off the fairway and just recovering, this is not the place for you.
Finally, I say that it was great bang for my buck with a hot deal. I'm a local and the ocean view/ experience in the dunes is lost on me. The standard $70-$100 greens fees are probably in line for someone who is wowed by the beach on the horizon but compared to the other local courses, a round at Palmilla Beach without the scenery is probably worth $45-70 (spring prices).

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 116
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Staff very friendly, got discount golf. won't pay full price to play course.

Good condition for time of year, wouldn't pay full price to play course. look for discount. would try again with discount.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Great Course

One of the best courses ever played. Bring extra balls, but if you keep ball in play you can score on this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Under new ownership

The golf breeze always factors in the score. New owners are showing improvements this season in the clubhouse and facilities.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Course is challenging

The course has heavy growth on the side of all fairways. All holes are numbered well and it is easy for a first time player of this course to get to the correct hole every time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

This course is a Must Play

This course is all the surperlatives. Played on an extremely windy day and the course has no defense from the wind but it was still one of the best courses I have ever played. Easily worth triple the Golf Now rate. Outstanding.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging beauty

Your game better be in good condition to play here. This course is very tight. No room for mistakes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

One of the most beautiful courses I have played n Texas.

Fairways were in great shape when I could keep my shots from being blown into the dunes by the 20 mph wind. Greens were excellent and rolled true; wind not a factor here. Loved the course and plan on playing it again when I am at the coast.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course was in excellent condition

Great excellent course excellent condition. Wind conditions were not in our favor but still enjoyed it

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Everything was great

The only thing that i could say that i would do next time i play the course is to bring lots more bug spray.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

great day

Travelling from Europe we found this challenging link a difficult one. We really appreciated the difficulties. Ne awre of the wind when you play this course

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beauty, design, service, upkeep, and location are all A+.

just an unbelievable golf course unlike any other in this area. A true gem, for golfers who want to play an excellent course with excellent conditions.

I have actually played country clubs, where the greens were not in as good condition as the fringe, apron, and fairways are on this course. I swear in places you you could putt on the fairways, and it feels as if you are on astro turf.

very friendly and helpful staff make Newport Dunes a very special place to play. as far as being fair, the course is if you don't try to make every shot. There are many holes where is just is better you lay out for position yourself. You will enjoy the views and the conditions more than any other course you will have played in Texas.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice course layout.

I thought the course was very well maintained and enjoyable to play. We really liked the first 3 holes. Everyone was very friendly and made us feel they appreciated us playing the golf course. We received a great price to play on GolfNow, which made it a great value. However, paying regular price would limit our playing opportunities. I hope to play this course again in the near future.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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