2009 Golf Course Listings

Date April 30, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Publication The Santa Fe New Mexican

Categories Local News & Sports

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ANGEL FIRE COUNTRY CLUB

Director of Golf: Bill Baker, PGA Layout: 18 holes, mountain Classification: Resort, public City: Angel Fire Phone: 800-633-7463 Address: 100 Country Club Road, Angel Fire Web site: www.angelfireresort.com E-mail: reservations@angelfireresort.com Course hours: Vary by season and available daylight. Advance tee times: Seven days Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major cards Course designer: Paul Ortiz Grass: Greens, bentgrass; fairways, bluegrass Course age: 46 years Other services: Separate putting and pitching greens, practice sand bunker, driving range, instruction Club rental: 18 holes, $38; nine holes, $22 Food availability: Snack bar and on-course food and beverage cart Signature hole: No. 6. This par 3 offers a dramatic 200-foot drop from tee to green. Course: Open May 9-Oct. 18 18-hole rates (including range balls, tax, golf cart) vary by season (see below) Shoulder Season: May 9-June 12, Sept. 21-Oct. 18: Any day: $59 In-season: June 13-Sept. 20 Weekday (noon Sun.-Thurs.): $79 Weekends, holidays (Fri., Sat., Sun. till noon): $89 9- hole rates: Shoulder Season, $40 In-season, $50 Twilight Rates (after 3 p.m.), $45 Junior rate under 18 years old (carts not included): Shoulder season, $30 In-season, $40 Twilight, $20 Yardages, rating and slope: Tee Rating Slope Blue: 6,645 yards 71.1 137 White: 6,304 yards 69.6 133 Red: 5,430 yards 70.3 135 Course tips: This challenging course has water on 16 holes. The course rewards accuracy off the tee and accurate approach shots to small greens. Mountainous: 8,100 feet above sea level, tough to walk.


BLACK MESA GOLF CLUB

Director: Tom Velarde Assistant professional: Heath Wade Layout: 18 holes, desert links Classification: Public, resort City: Española Phone: 505-747-8946 Address: 115 N.M. Hwy. 399 (Take U.S. Hwy. 84/285 toward Taos from Santa Fe, then take N.M. Hwy. 399 west.) Web site: www.blackmesagolfclub.com E-mail: info@blackmesagolfclub.com Open: Daily, dawn to dusk, weather permitting Advance tee times: 14 days Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: Major credit cards Course designer: Baxter Spann Grass: Greens, bentgrass; fairways, Kentucky bluegrass Course age: 6 years Other services: Teeing area, target greens, instruction and practice facility. Practice range, all-grass driving range, free practice chipping and putting area Club rental: TaylorMade, $55 a set, includes golf tees Food availability: Short-order food, full bar Signature hole: No. 16 18-hole rates (cart included): Weekends and holidays: $87. Weekdays: $82. Black Mesa Golf Association members save about $25 per round. Yardages, rating and slope: Tee Rating Slope Black: 7,300 yards 73.9 141 Blue: 6,700 yards 70.5 136 White: 6,300 yards 68.6 130 Green: 5,800 yards 71.2 125 Gold: 5,200 yards 66.9 125 Course tips: Bring your short game for this golf course, rated as the Best New Course to Open in the United States in 2003 and by Golf Week in 2009 as No. 94 on the list of Top 100 Modern Courses (built since 1960). Be prepared for some wild putting.


LOS ALAMOS GOLF COURSE

Head professional: Donnie Torres Assistant professionals: Michael Phillips, Kenny Walker Layout: Mountain City: Los Alamos Phone: 505-662-8139 Address: 4250 Diamond Drive Web site: www.losalamosgolfcourse.com E-mail: donald.torres@lacnm.us Open: Daily, call for hours of service Advance tee times: One day in advance for weekday times. Tuesday, beginning at 7 p.m. prior to the weekend you wish to play. Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: Visa and MasterCard only Course designer: William Tucker Grass: Kentucky bluegrass fairways; bentgrass greens Course age: 62 years Other services: Lessons for adults, junior groups and private. Tournaments and special events. Club rental: 18 holes, $23, nine holes $16 Pull-cart rental: 18 holes, $6; 9 holes, $3 Food availability: Full-service snack bar Signature hole: No. 17 18-hole and 9-hole rates, (cart not included): 18 holes $29; 9 holes $17. Seniors rates: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. only 18 holes: $32 (includes cart), 9 holes: $18 (includes cart) 18 holes: $22 (without cart), 9 holes: $12 (without cart) Children (under 18): 18 holes $13.50; 9 holes $8.75 Cart fees: 18 holes $13.50 per player; nine holes, $7.75 per player Practice range: $7, $3.50, $1.75 Yardages, rating and slope: Tee Rating Slope Men's Gold: 6,700 yards 71.2 124 Blue: 6,500 yards 69.7 120 White: 5,500 yards 64.7 108 Women's white: 5,500 yards 69.0 123 Red: 5,200 yards 67.1 120 Course tips: This is not your typical mountain course. There's plenty lots of room. The Jemez Mountains and the Valle Calderas serve as backdrops. Small greens are hard to hit but easy to one-putt. Like so much about Los Alamos, this golf course has remained a well-kept secret.


MARTY SANCHEZ LINKS DE SANTA FE

Head professional: Ross Nettles Assistant professionals: Steve Moreno, Tom Watts Layout: Championship 18, modified desert links; Par-3 9-hole course, parkland. Classification: Public City: Santa Fe Phone: 505-955-4400 Address: 205 Caja del Rio Road (near N.M. Hwy. 599 and Caja del Rio Road -- one mile north of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter) Web site: www.linksdesantafe.com Open: Daily, dawn to dusk, weather permitting Advance tee times: seven days Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major cards Course designer: Baxter Spann Grass: Greens bentgrass; fairways bluegrass and fescue Course age: 11 years Other services: Two putting and pitching greens, practice and sand bunker, driving range, Professional shop, instruction Club rental: Cobra, $20 Food availability: Beer and wine bar, grill and on-course food cart Signature hole: No. 18. When driving off the tee, keep to the right of the fairway to have a decent shot to water- and bunker-defended finishing hole. 18-hole rate (carts not included): Weekdays $30.50, weekends $32.75 Players Club cardholders: Weekdays $24.25, weekends $26.25 9-hole rate for the "Great 28" Par 3 course: Weekdays $14.75, weekends $17 Seniors 60 and older: $23.25 walking, $28.75 with cart; weekends $31 with cart Juniors: 18 holes, weekdays $12.75, weekends $14.75 Cart fees: 18 holes $13; nine holes $7 Yardages, rating and slope 18-hole course Tee Rating Slope Gold: 7,415 yards 73.0 129 Black: 6,735 yards 70.3 123 Blue: 6,095 yards 67.5 117 White 5,540 yards 70.7 136 Red: 5,045 yards 67.0 126 9-hole course (not rated) Gold: 1,615 yards Black: 1,475 yards Blue: 1,320 yards White: 1,200 yards Red: 1,030 yards Course tips: Santa Fe's high elevation makes for longer drives than at sea level. Stick to the fairways. Greens are deceptively subtle. No. 18 is one of the state's great finishing holes.


NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY GENE TORRES GOLF COURSE

General Manager/Director of Golf: Steve Watson Clubhouse Manager: Wayne Ueckert: Layout: Modified parkland/desert links Classification: Public City: Las Vegas Phone: 505-425-7711 Address: Country Club Drive, Las Vegas Mailing address: P.O. Box 9000, Las Vegas, NM 87701 Web site: www.newmexicohighlandsgolf.com Open: March 1- Nov. 30. Advance tee times: 7 days Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major credit cards Course designer: Jeffrey Brauer Grass: greens, Bentgrass; fairways, Kentucky bluegrass, rough, fine fescue Course age: one year (redesigned and rerouted, opened August of 2008) Other services: Putting and pitching greens, driving range, club rental, pro shop, instruction Club rental: $20 Food availability: La Piedra Grill, opening May 1 Signature hole: No. 8; par 5, requires an angled approach between two large mounds to the green. 9-hole rates (cart not included) Mon.-Fri. $15 (New Mexico residents), $24 (non-residents) Seniors (60 and older) $12 Juniors (17 and under) $7 Sat.-Sun., holidays, $21 (New Mexico residents); $29 (non-residents) Sat.-Sun. Juniors: $10. 18-hole rate (cart not included) Mon.-Fri., $25 (New Mexico residents), $40 (non-residents) Seniors (60 and older) $20 (New Mexico residents) Juniors (17 and under) $10 Sat.-Sun., holidays, $35 (New Mexico residents), $49 (non-residents) Sat.-Sun. Juniors, $17 Twilight Mon.-Fri, same as nine hole rates Twilight Sat.-Sun., holidays, same as 9-hole rates. Cart fees: 18 holes $14 per person; 9 holes/twilight: $8 Yardage, rating and slope: Tee Rating Slope Men: Par 72 (play 9-hole course twice) Black: 7,080 yards 71.4 125 Gold: 6,772 yards 70.2 122 Blue: 6,380 yards 68.2 119 White: 6,036 yards 66.6 114 Women; Par 72 White: 6,036 yards 72.0 127 Red: 5,218 yards 67.2 121 Course tips: This links course with tall, native grasses off the fairways places a premium on shot placement and driving accuracy and the ability to adapt to changing winds, especially in the spring.


PAA-KO RIDGE GOLF CLUB

Superintendent/general manager: Rob Murray Head professional/manager: Erin Kato Assistant professionals: Bob Basham Layout: 27 holes, mountain, modified desert links Classification: Public City: Sandia Park Phone: 505-281-6000 Address: 1 Clubhouse Drive, half a mile west of N.M. Hwy. 14, nine miles north of Interstate 40, 35 miles south of Santa Fe. Web site: www.paakoridge.com E-mail: webinfo@paakoridge.com Open: Daily, March 1-Dec. 1, dawn to dusk, weather permitting Advance tee times: One month in advance (a month plus seven days for Paa-Ko lot owners). Further in advance, with $10 pre-booking fee. Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: Major credit cards Course designer: Ken Dye Grass: Greens, bentgrass; fairways, Kentucky bluegrass Course age: Nine years Other services: Putting greens, driving range, chipping and pitching green, practice bunker, instructions Club rental: Premium Cobra, $40 Food availability: Restaurant (snack bar, full bar) and on-course food cart. Signature hole: No. 17. Drive it between the two ponderosas framing the fairway. There's room to the right for shorter hitters to avoid the arroyo on the left. The ideal line is toward the right greenside bunker. The green slopes away when approached from the right side. The left side offers the better angle. Green fees (carts and warm-up range balls included) 18 hole rate: Mon.-Thurs. $79; Fri.-Sun., holidays, $99 9-hole rate, Mon.-Thurs., $40 Seniors, 60 and older, Mon.-Thurs., $59 Twilight, after 2 p.m. every day, $59 Children, 17 and under $12; if with paying adult, one child plays free an hour before twilight Cart fees: 18 holes $20, 9 holes $10 Practice range per half-hour: $8 Yardages, rating and slope Original 18 holes (built in 2000) Tee Rating Slope Black: 7,562 yards 75.2 137 Blue: 7,195 yards 73.1 134 Green: 6,707 yards 70.7 130 Brown: 6,210 yards 68.6 122 Gray: 5,702 yards 66.1 119 Third 9 holes (built in 2005) Black, 3,842 yards; Blue, 3,708 yards; Green, 3,492 yards; Brown, 3,256 yards; Gray, 3,020 yards Course tips: Driver is not always the best option from the tee. The course doesn't play as long as the yardages indicate. Talk to the starter about your tee choice. Playing the right tees for your ability will enhance your enjoyment of this scenic golf course, a true New Mexico gem and one of just 24 in the nation given a 5-star rating by Golf Digest.. The Zagat survey calls this golf course "extraordinary."


PENDARIES GOLF COURSE

Head professional: Larry Webb Assistant professional: Suzy Veylupek Layout: 18 holes, mountain Classification: Resort, public City: Rociada Phone: 505-425-3561, 800-733-5267 Address: 1 Golf Drive, N.M. 105, at the entrance to Pendaries village Web site: www.pendaries.net E-mail: pendaries@newmexico.com Open: April 15-Oct. 15. Advance tee times: All seasons Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major credit cards Course designer: Don Burns Grass: greens, bentgrass; fairways, Kentucky bluegrass Course age: 40 years Other services: Putting and pitching greens, driving range, club rental, Professional shop, instruction Club rental: $15 Food availability: Restaurant, snack bar and full bar Signature hole: No. 1; Requires a long approach shot to a tiny green. 18-hole rates (cart not included): Mon.-Thurs., $45 Fri.-Sun., $55 9-hole rates: Mon.-Thurs., $25; Fri.-Sun., $30; juniors, 17 and younger, all day $10 Twilight rates (including cart) Mon.-Thurs., $40, Fri.-Sun., $47 Cart fees: 18 holes $15 per person; 9 holes $8 Yardages, rating and slope: Tee Rating Slope Black: 6,550 yards 67.9 121 White: 5,810 yards 66.4 116 Red: 5,021 yards 67.1 121 Course tips: You must hit the ball straight to have any chance for par. Don't get too eager with your tee shots. Keep the ball below the hole. And enjoy the views.


PUEBLO DE COCHITI GOLF COURSE

Director of golf: Jude Suina Layout: 18 holes, modified desert, target-style Classification: Public City: Pueblo de Cochiti Phone: 505-465-2239, 465-2230 Address: 5200 Cochiti Highway (From south, take Interstate 25 north to Exit 259, go west on N.M. 22 and follow signs to course. From north, take I-25 south to Exit 264, go west on N.M.16, turn right on N.M. 22 and follow signs to course). Web site: www.golfcochititoday.com Open: Open year-round; weather permitting, seven days a week during summer. Advance tee times: Seven days Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: Major cards Course designer: Robert Trent Jones II Grass: Greens, Penncross bentgrass; fairways, Kentucky bluegrass Course age: 27 years Other services: Putting and pitching green, practice and driving range, Professional instruction Club rental: Nike Golf Clubs, $35. Food availability: Restaurant, bar and grill, beverage cart. Signature hole: No. 9, a panoramic uphill dogleg Par 4. Green fees (cart included): Monday-Friday: $52. Weekends, $62. Senior rates, $35 (weekdays only). Annual memberships available: Call for details. Practice range, driving range, short game practice area, putting green, tournament services Yardages, rating and slope: Tee Rating Slope Gold: 6,817 yards 71.0 132 Blue: 6,413 yards 68.6 128 White: 5,841 yards 66.1 119 Red: 5,100 yards 68.3 113 Course tips: Players on this course will benefit more from accuracy than length, and by being able to play on uneven lies. If you miss the turfed area you'll probably find your ball among sand, cactus, pinon and small boulders, but you likely won't like the next shot.


SANTA ANA GOLF CLUB

Head professional: Dave Brown Director: Roger Martinez Layout: 27 holes, modified desert links Classification: Public City: Santa Ana Pueblo Phone: 505-867-9464 Address: 288 Prairie Star Road Web site: www.santaanagolf.com E-mail: info@santaanagolf.com Open: Daily, sunrise to sunset, year-round; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Advance tee times: Seven days Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: Major credit cards Course designer: Ken Killian Grass: Greens, bentgrass; fairways, Kentucky bluegrass Course age: 18 years Other services: Two putting and pitching greens, practice sand bunker, driving range, club rental, Professional shop, instructions Club rental: Callaway, $40. Food availability: Restaurant and snack bar, grill Signature hole: Cheena, No. 6. Par 4, 375 yards, dogleg over water against dramatic Sandia Mountain backdrop. Green fees (cart not included): 18 holes: Mon.-Thurs., $36; Fri.-Sun., holidays $46 Nine holes: Mon.-Thurs. $21; Fri.-Sun., holidays, $23 Seniors: Mon.-Thurs., $29; Sat.-Sun., $39 Children, 17 and under: $20 Cart fees: 18 holes $14; 9 holes $8; seniors $9 Yardages, rating and slope: Because Santa Ana has 27 holes, offering three nine-hole combinations, the rating and slope of the combinations varies. Yardages range from 4,936 yards to 7,298 yards. The rating and slope range from 67.3 and 118 to 74.1 and 135. Course tips: Accuracy is more important than length on this layout with lots of native areas and some forced carries. Try to stay below the hole on approach.


SANTA FE COUNTRY CLUB

Head professional/manager: David Nowell Assistant professional: Kirk Mackie Layout: 18 holes, mix of modified desert links and parkland Classification: Semi-private City: Santa Fe Phone: 505-471-0601 Address: 4360 Country Club Road Web site: www.santafecountryclub.com Email address: davidnowell@santafecountryclub.com Open: Tuesday-Sunday, dawn to dusk, weather permitting Advance tee times: Seven days Credit cards accepted: Major cards Course designer: Tom Bendalow Grass: Greens, bentgrass; fairways, Kentucky bluegrass Course age: 62 years Other services: Driving range, short-game practice area, putting green Food availability: Restaurant, snack bar (summer), full bar for members, vending machines. Signature hole: No. 12. This par 3 calls for a mid- to long iron uphill approach to a well-guarded, undulating green. Rates (cart not included) 18 holes: Weekdays $33, twilight $20; weekends, $44, twilight $28 9 holes: Weekdays, $17, weekends, $23 Seniors: Weekdays, $24, weekends, $34 Children: Junior rate $10 Cart fees: 18 holes $16, nine holes $10 Practice range, driving range, short game practice area, putting green Yardage, rating and slope: Tee Rating Slope Gold: 7,113 yards 72.0 126 Blue: 6,832 yards 70.9 123 White: 6,321 yards 68.4 120 Black: 5,861 yards 66.4 114 Red: 5,498 yards 70.1 126 Course tips: The course's open layout and small greens make for a challenging game. Keep to the fairways and avoid the trees. It's a traditional-style course with quick, smooth greens.


TAOS COUNTRY CLUB

Head professional: Tad Bourg General manager: Tad Bourg Layout: 18 holes, modified desert links Classification: Semi-private City: Taos Phone: 575-758-7300 Address: 54 Golf Course Drive, Ranchos de Taos Web site: www.taoscountryclub.com Open: Daily, dawn to dusk, weather permitting. Advance tee times: Up to two weeks with credit card. Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express Course designer: Jep Willie Grass: Greens, bentgrass; fairways, bluegrass and rye; rough, fescue Course age: 17 years Other services: Putting and pitching green, practice sand bunker, driving range, Professional shop and PGA instruction Club rental: $30 Food availability: Restaurant, snack shop, full bar, on-course food and beverage cart Signature hole: No. 8 Rates (cart not included): 18 holes: Weekdays $59; weekends (Fri.-Sun.) $69 9 holes: $35; twilight (after 3 p.m.): weekdays $35; weekends $40 Cart fees: Weekdays $15; weekends $15 Practice range, putting and practice greens, practice sand bunker, driving range, PGA instruction Layout: Yardages, rating and slope Tee Rating Slope Black: 7,302 yards 73.6 132 Blue: 6,817 yards 71.4 131 White 6,123 yards 68.4 125 Green: 5,343 yards 64.5 114 Course tip: High elevation adds nearly 10 percent distance. Stay out of the knee-deep sage forest off the turfed areas and you'll score.


TOWA GOLF RESORT AT THE BUFFALO THUNDER RESORT & SPA

General manager: Fadel Nahle Head professional: Jeff Kent Layout: 36 holes, of which 27 are open, modified desert links Classification: Public/Resort City: Santa Fe Phone: 505-455-9000; 877-465-3489 Address:40 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, about 12 miles north of the Plaza off U.S. 85/284. Web site: www.towagolf.com E-mail: fadel.nahle@hilton.com Open: Daily, dawn to dusk, weather permitting. Advance tee times: Seven days. Call for tee time. Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: Major cards Course designer: Hale Irwin and William Phillips Grass: Greens, bentgrass; fairways, Kentucky bluegrass Course age: 8 years Other services: Driving range and short game practice areas Club rental: Cobra, $40 Food availability: Restaurant, full bar and on-course beverage cart Signature hole: No. 4. Keep your ball dry on the state's only true island green. Course tips: Try to keep your eye on the game instead of the scenery. Green fees: Call for prices (being revised at press time). Seniors rates available, 60 and over: (Mon.-Thurs.) Practice range, driving range, short game practice area Layout: Yardages, rating and slope Tee Rating Slope Boulder 9 Gold: 3,558 yards 36.6 141 Black: 3,297 yards 35.2 136 Blue: 3,088 yards 34.2 132 White: 2,678 yards 32.5 114 Red: 2,442 yards 34.4 124 Piñon 9 Gold: 3,585 yards 36.5 131 Black: 3,364 yards 35.3 127 Blue: 3,126 yards 34.1 123 White: 2,849 yards 32.7 112 Red: 2,423 yards 32.6 113 Butterfly 9 Gold: 3,332 yards 34.5 117 Black: 3,287 yards 33.2 115 Blue: 3,041 yards 32.0 111 White: 2,761 yards 31.0 103 Red: 2,157 yards 32.6 113


TWIN WARRIORS GOLF CLUB

Head professional: Derek C. Gutierrez Tournament director: Zach Hoefel Assistant: Ron Ulibarri Teaching professional: Sandy Lemon Director of golf: Roger Martinez Layout: 18 holes Classification: Resort, public City: Santa Ana Pueblo Phone: 505-771-6155 Address: 1301 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo Web site: www.mynewmexicogolf.com E-mail: derek@santaanagolf.com Open: Hours will vary throughout the year due to seasonal changes. Contact the golf shop for current hours of operation. Advance tee times: seven days Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major credit cards Course designer: Gary Panks Grass: Greens, dominant bent SR 1019 and SR 1020; fairways and tees, hybrid bluegrass; roughs, bluegrass/fescue mix. Course age: 8 years Other services: Putting greens, driving range, Professional shop and instruction Club rental: Callaway, $50. Food availability: Restaurant and beverage cart. Signature hole: No. 4, a par 3 behind a large lake flanked on the left by a series of ponds and waterfalls. A single bunker off to the right will corral many balls. An imaginative short game will come in handy. Rates: Rates vary through year. Call for specials. Practice range: Daily practice facility pass $25. Layout: Yardages, rating and slope: Tee Rating Slope Tour: 7,736 yards 75.0 130 Champ: 7,284 yards 73.0 134 Back: 6,914 yards 71.5 131 Resort: 6,131 yards 68.2 123 6,131 yards 74.6 134 (Women) Forward: 5,100 yards 71.3 126 (Women)


VALLE ESCONDIDO

Note: The clubhouse opens mid-May; call for tee times and updated green fees. Head Professional/manager: Baxter Laymance Layout: 9 holes, mountain Classification: Semi-private Nearest city: Taos Phone: 505-758-3475, 575-741-0073 Address: Between Angel Fire and Taos on U.S. Hwy. 64 Open: Daily, dawn to dusk, May-October. Course opens May 15. Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: Yes Course designer: Paulson Grasses: Green, bentgrass and poa annua; fairways, native grasses Course age: 45 years Other services: Driving net, putting green Club rental: $5 a day Food availability: Snack bar, full bar Signature hole: No. 8; this 276-yard par 4 is a downhill shot into prevailing winds requires accuracy. 9-hole rates (cart not included): $19, $7 for children under 12. Pull cart: $5, no motorized carts. Yardages, rating and slope Tee Rating Slope White: 2,795 yards 65.2 104 Red: 2,329 yards 65.0 112 Nice family-oriented golf course 12 miles east of the Taos Plaza.

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