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Fore Corners – Our Favorite Golf Courses in NM, Southern CO

Jun 27, 2012 04:19PM ● By Stacy

Hole 14 at Pinon Hills in Farmington

New Mexico settlers with valuable livestock feared the small, menacing holes left by tunneling prairie dogs.

 Today, a little hole in the New Mexico earth can be just as aggravating – unless you reach it under par.

The Land of Enchantment and Southern Colorado, graced with some of the most beautiful features designed by nature, also boast some of the most gorgeous golf greens designed by man.

New Mexicans and Coloradoans know that, but course managers here are ready to spread the word to the rest of the golfing world. From one end of the region to the other, New Mexico and Southern Colorado have plenty to offer visiting and native golfers alike.

Down south, the Mescalero Apache tribe’s Inn of the Mountain Gods course has drawn raves since opening way back in 1975. On this well-conditioned course, putts break away from the mountains on the fast, bent-grass greens.

Many miles to the north in the neighboring state of Colorado, the fairway of Pagosa Springs Golf Club is lined with Ponderosa pines surrounded by the snowcapped San Juan Mountains.

The region’s rising star is the Towa course at Buffalo Thunder Resort north of Santa Fe. Some intense work has brought the grounds into “perfect” condition, according to critics.

In the Four Corners area, Pinon Hills is legendary – rated the fourth best municipal course in the nation by Golfweek magazine last year. In fact, about a dozen NM courses are consistently rated by Golf Digest at four (out of five) stars or higher.

But the real beauty of the golf here is the price. While similar courses in Arizona or either coast set golfers back as much as $350, greens fees here are usually less than $100; some like Pinon Hills are closer to $50.

So get going on some of our favorite courses in the region. The stats from each of these courses are based on the yardage, rating and slope from the farthest tee.


Desert Lakes Golf Course

2351 Hamilton Rd.Alamogordo, NM 88310
Number of Holes/ Yards: 18/6,491
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 71/124

Albuquerque Area

Arroyo del Oso Golf Course

7001 Osuna Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/6,936
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 72.3/125

Championship Golf Course at UNM

360 University Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/7,248
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 74.3/134

Isleta Eagle Golf Course

4001 Highway 47 SE
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Number of Holes/Yards: 27/3,628
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 69.7/121
Classic links in native desert style environment await golfers just south of Albuquerque. Each nine-hole tract is designed around and named after its primary topographic feature: The Lakes Nine, Arroyo Nine and Mesa Nine. Yardage, rating and slope figures above were averaged among the three courses.

Ladera Golf Course

3401 Ladera Dr. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/7,107
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 73/123

Los Altos Golf Course

9717 Copper Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Number of Holes/Yards: 27
(18 plus a 9-hole exec. par 3)/6,534
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 69.5/114

Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club

1 Clubhouse Drive
Sandia Park, NM 87047
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/7,562
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 75.2/138

Puerto del Sol Golf Course

1800 Girard SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Number of Holes/Yards: 9/2,943
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 33.4/115

Sandia Golf Club

30 Rainbow Road
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/7,772
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 75.1/125

Santa Ana Golf Course

288 Prairie Star Rd
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004
Number of Holes/Yards: 27/7,079
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 74.1/132

Twin Warriors

1301 Tuyuna Trail
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/6,485
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 75/134

UNM North

2201 Tucker NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Number of Holes/Yards: 9/6,455
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 70.1/124

Angel Fire

Angel Fire Resort Golf Course

100 Country Club Drive
Angel Fire, NM 87710
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/6,655
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 71.1/128


Lake Carlsbad Golf Course

901 North Muskatel
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/6,220
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 68.2/113

Durango, CO

Dalton Ranch Golf Club

589 County Road 252
Durango, CO 81301
Number of Holes/Yards: 18 /6,934 Yards
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 72.2/132
Winding along the Animas River below towering red cliffs of the San Juans this “American Links” course designed by Ken Dye.

Hillcrest Golf Club

2300 Rim Drive Durango, CO 81301
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/7,000 yards
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 71.2/33


Black Mesa Golf Club

115 State Road 399
La Mesilla, NM
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/7,307
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 73.9/141


Pinon Hills Golf Course

2100 Sunrise Parkway
Farmington, NM 87401
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/7,646
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 71.7/132
One of 16 five-star courses rated by Golf Digest. Shots over sandstone canyons & long arroyos challenge golfers of all levels.

San Juan Country Club

5775 Country Club Drive
Farmington, NM 87402
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/6,450
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 69.4/116

Hidden Valley Country Club

P.O. Box 1450
Aztec, NM 87401
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/6,086
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 68.8/126

Las Cruces

Las Cruces Country Club

2700 N. Main
Las Cruces, NM 88004
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/6,324
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 69.5/119

NMSU Golf Course

2990 University Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/7,078
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 72.7/129

Picacho Hills Country Club

6861 Via Campestre
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/6,970
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 72.9/134

Sonoma Ranch

1274 Golf Club Road
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/7,028
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 71.1/124

Las Vegas

New Mexico Highlands UniversityGolf Course

2118 8th St.
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Number of Holes/Yards: 9/3,077
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 33.7/109

Pagosa Springs, CO

Pagosa Springs Golf Club

1 Pines Club Place
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Number of Holes/Yards: 27/7,228
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 72.2/126
Majestic views and high altitude mean great golf. Lower your score in this high-altitude mountain retreat. A renovated clubhouse and new restaurant have added a new level of hospitality to the club.

Pojoaque / Buffalo Thunder

Towa Golf Club

17746 U.S. Hwy. 84/285
Santa Fe, NM 87506
This Hale Irwin/ Wayne Phillips design features three independent nine-hole courses that take advantage of the natural topography, unique rock formations and indigenous vegetation to provide excellent separation of the individual holes. Note the elevation changes, especially the final par 3 on the Boulder – dropping 100 feet from the tee box to the green.
Number of Holes/Yards:
Course Rating/Slope Rating:
Boulder 9/3,558
Pinon 9/3,585
Butterfly 9/3,332


Inn of the Mountain Gods

287 Carrizo Canyon Road
Mescalero, NM 88340
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/7,206
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 72.6/132
This Ted Robinson-designed course features an island fairway and fast breaking greens. Golf Digest, ranks it 23 among the country’s Top 40 casino courses. Travel & Leisure calls it, “the most underrated golf course in the Southwest.”

Santa Fe

Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe

2442 Cerrillos Road, Suite 143
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Number of Holes/Yards: 27/7,415
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 72.7/124

Quail Run Golf Course

3101 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Number of Holes/Yards: 9/2,466
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 31.5/108


New Mexico Tech

801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/6,678
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 71.2/126


Taos Country Club

54 Golf Course Drive
Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/7,302
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 73.6/124.