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NM, Southern CO Golf Courses Offer Great Value

Aug 06, 2013 09:27AM ● By Scott Blackwell
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 two years ago. 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: 72.4/135
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: 18/7,198
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 73.9/139
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 University Golf Course

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

Pendaries Village Golf/Country Club

P.O. Box 820
Rociada, NM 87742 
Number of Holes/Yards: 18/6,101
Course Rating/Slope Rating: 68.4/115

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.

Pojoaque / Buffalo Thunder

Towa Golf Club

17746 U.S. Hwy. 84/285
Santa Fe, NM 87506
Number of Holes/Yards:
Course Rating/Slope Rating:
Boulder 9/3,640
Pinon 9/3,615
Valley 9/3,575
Elevation changes on all the courses keep golfers on their toes. The final par 3 on the Boulder course drops 100 feet from the tee box to the green.

Ruidoso / Mescalero

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.