The City of Laredo Prepares to Unveil the Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course

World-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr.Designed by Celebrated Architect Robert Trent Jones Jr.
The Max A. Mandel Golf Course occupies a 270-acre dream site along the Rio Grande. World-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. has brought his celebrated design team’s genius to transform a landscape that features two deep arroyos, a rich variety of mesquite trees and river vega flora into a spectacular 18-hole layout that will captivate and attract golfers from not only Texas and Mexico, but also outside the region.

Seven of the holes on the course have been shaped with several holes incorporating memorable vistas of the majestic Rio Grande, such as the par-3 15th whose green is perched some 60 feet above the river.

Jones says of the new course: “The Max A. Mandel Golf Course is a celebration anew of the great game of golf and its cherished roots as a game of the people. The City of Laredo has graciously provided us with the latitude to let our imagination roam free across a rare piece of land that exuded the rugged essence of this storied region. For the one-time capital of the Republic of the Rio Grande, we have created a golf experience that we hope will be a source of great pride and satisfaction for the public. We believe the City of Laredo’s inaugural public golf course is destined to be regarded as one of the best public golf courses in Texas.”

President, Dan PedrottiRobert Trent Jones Jr., who has designed 273 courses in some 44 countries on six continents, credits four previous Texas courses in the firm’s portfolio. The esteemed architect’s reputation for honoring the cultural, geographical and historical aspects of each project coupled with a sensitive respect for the environment lends an invaluable luster to the City of Laredo’s impressive undertaking to deliver an unmatched golf experience in Texas.

“The City of Laredo is proud of the progress that is being made on this very special golf course that will rate as one of the very best public access facilities in the state of Texas,” said Horacio De Leon Jr., Assistant City Manager and project manager for the golf course. “We are on schedule and on budget for what will prove to be a world-class golf course.”The City expects the Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course to put Laredo on the map as a golf destination for tourists and the business community.

Ed Miller, Chief Operating OfficerHopefully, this will be the start for several more courses, which ultimately would position Laredo as the next great golf mecca. We expect that this course will appeal to experienced golfers throughout the world, as well as sparking an interest with youth and aspiring new golfers in our community, thus generating more excitement for this wonderful sport.”

The golf course is named in honor of one of Laredo’s most prominent and highly respected citizens. The late Max A. Mandel was a successful bank executive whose 45 years of service to the community is legendary. His vision helped put the City of Laredo on a strong economic foundation. The course sits on Mandel’s farm, named Las Islitas (Spanish for “little islands”), and the Mandel family generously donated a total 390 acres of land, $1 million for the construction project and water rights for irrigation purposes to the City of Laredo to commemorate Max’s philanthropic spirit and civic legacy.

Robert Tent Jones Jr. and publisher Mike Ratchman (middle) and writer Steve Habel team up to retrieve as much information as possible on Mr. Jones’Larado project.The challenging par-72 course will cater to golfers of all ability levels, with five sets of tees available and yardages ranging from 7,069 from the back tees to 4,897 for the forward tees.

A provision has been made for competitive tournament tees to be extended to 7,297 yards, and a dedicated “juniors” teeing area on each hole is incorporated to increase enjoyment for family play.

Key community and third party partners who are closely involved with the Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course include: the Mandel Family, land donation and benefactor; Foresight Golf, the lease operator; Landscapes Unlimited, the construction firm; and architectural firm RTJ II.


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