Golfing at the Pueblo de Cochiti Course

Date January 14, 2008 at 11:00 PM

Author Editor

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Outdoors & Recreation

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Golfing in New Mexico might seem to be an oxymoron at first. But experienced visitors know that New Mexico features some of the best courses in the U.S., challenging enough for any pro or weekend duffer. Golf courses around Santa Fe embrace the rugged terrain to create exciting and creative tests for any golfer's game. A short drive south of Santa Fe you can find a sparkling diamond in the rough New Mexico landscape, the Pueblo de Cochiti golf course.

The Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II and redesigned by Jones again in 2000, lies gently admid the exquisite foothills of the Jemez Mountains. Soul-stirring views surround this challenging and captivating desert/mountain course far from the “maddening crowds.” The 18-hole championship course is bunkered at every hole and features three water holes where your ball will end up wet if you don't stay focused. Narrow fairways are lined with trees and shrubs and demand accuracy from the tees. Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course strives to provide a unique, serene and enjoyable all-around experience comparable to that offered by any other course in New Mexico. Golf Digest ranked the Pueblo de Cochiti course in the top 10 New Mexico courses for 2005-2006.

Not every member of the family is a golfer, fortunately there are many other activities and attractions nearby. Cochiti Pueblo and Kasha-Katuwe/Tent Rocks National Monument are located at about the midway point between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Visitors will also enjoy breathtaking views and hiking trails. Golfers pass through the Town of Cochiti Lake and Cochiti Lake, which offers fishing, boating and other family activities. Many Cochiti Pueblo feast days, which include dances passed down by the ancient Anasazi, are open to the public. On feast days, soak up the ambiance as you decide between the traditional drums and pottery, designed by internationally renowned artists, to take home as a keepsake.

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