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COVER STORY The Taos Country Club is once again under local control after the departure of the national golf-management company, American Golf.

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What’s new around Northern New Mexico

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The par 3 fourth hole at Twin Warriors, page 22.

Area programs reaching out to junior golfers

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The par 5 13th hole at Black Mesa Golf Club, page 14.

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The par 3 fourth hole at Towa Golf Resort, page 22.
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Handicap ranked as the second hardest, Hole 14 at the Taos Country Club plays 535 yards from the back tees.

Taos Country Club gets back under local control
By Dan Vukelich For The New Mexican
Taos Country Club is once again under local control after the departure of the national golfmanagement company, American Golf. That’s good news for Northern New Mexico golfers, not only in terms of conditioning of the turf at Taos, but for the soul of the place — its feng shui, if you will. It is a Taos golf course for Taoseños once again. If that sounds wacky, don’t forget, Taos is — well — a different kind of place. Taos is where secret meetings were held to plot the ouster of the Spanish from New Mexico in 1680. It’s where the New Buffalo Commune, granddaddy of hippie colonies, was organized in
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BACK IN THE SADDLE

the mid-1960s. And it’s where a local barista refused to serve Donald Rumsfeld a cup of coffee a few years ago as a personal war protest. “We are a unique community up here,” said Tad Bourg, general manager and head golf professional at Taos Country Club. “What might work elsewhere for a corporate golf-management company might not work in Taos.” With his son, Carville, Bourg now runs the 18-hole layout in Ranchos de Taos that he and several partners opened in 1992 as the centerpiece of a real-estate development. They resumed control when American Golf’s tenure ended in 2009. “Our whole mission statement is fun, fun, fun,” Bourg said. “And that means making it a personal

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‘Our whole mission statement is fun, fun, fun,’ says Tad Bourg, general manager and head golf professional. ‘And that means making it a personal experience and a personally enjoyable experience.’
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experience and a personally enjoyable experience.” Part hippie, part surfer dude, part yoga master, Bourg is about as un-golf as a golf pro can get. Among his more strait-laced brethren, he’s known as “Taos Tad.” Physically, he bears more resemblance to an alumnus of the New Buffalo than to a blazer-wearing member of the Professional Golfers Association of America. Although PGA rules require a member to attend PGA meetings wearing a sports coat, nothing in the rules, in Bourg’s mind, requires shoes. “I wear sandals everywhere, with slacks and with shorts, and if I could get away always wearing shorts, too, I would,” he said. He recalls a pro-am tournament in Socorro a few years ago. It was 110 degrees as he stepped up to the registration table wearing slacks. “ ‘Pro or amateur?’ ” the lady asked me. “I said, ‘Pro. Who else would be wearing slacks in this kind of weather?’ ” Dan Koesters, director of golf at New Mexico State University, who met Bourg 12 years ago, says Bourg follows his own music. “He’s a 1960s hippie trapped in 2010,” Koesters said. “Every day’s a good day for Tad, and he makes the best of it,” Koesters said.

“He may be a carefree spirit, but he’s meticulous in making Taos Country Club one of the better golf courses in the state. I bet he played every hole on that golf course 100 times, on dirt, long before a single blade of grass was planted.” Another fellow pro, Ross Nettles, head professional at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe said, “I wish I could meet every day head-on and as mellow as Tad Bourg does.” Now that he’s back running things at Taos Country Club, part of Bourg’s job involves reaching out to local players who cut their affiliation with the course during the American Golf years. “This is nothing against American Golf, but under their tenure, the golf course lost a little of that community spirit, and now we’re seeing people come back who had drifted away,” Bourg said. Some are returning because of improved course conditioning under its superintendent, Mike Furgeson, who had once worked at Taos Country Club under Bourg and has been brought back to upgrade course conditions. Furgeson had pervious experience irrigating Taos Country Club with treated effluent water, which is a tricky task. While effluent irrigation reduces pres-

sure on the aquifer, improper use can kill a golf course quickly through the buildup of salinity in the soil. “We were green before it was cool to be green,” Bourg said. “We need to be aware of the planet and what we’re doing to it.” Bourg is an iconoclast in other ways. Instead of mowing greens with riding mowers, he insists they be mowed by hand “to bring the course back to championship caliber,” he said. Bourg is also ordering all sand bunkers at Taos Country Club rebuilt. Upon his return to operational control, one of the first things Bourg did was announce the rebirth of the Taos Amateur Championship. Held each fall, the event that once drew top players from across the Southwest became dormant under American Golf. Heading into summer, Bourg is marketing Taos Country Club as an indooroutdoor wedding venue to take advantage of terrific views of Mount Wheeler at sunset. The bar and grill and patio now offer extended hours, which Bourg hopes will herald their return as a gathering place for folks living south of town. And, yes, sandals are welcome.
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LOOK OUT FOR DEALS
The funny thing about the golf industry is no one likes to use the word “discounting,” but if you read between the lines, there is plenty of discounting going on. Returning this year are player loyalty cards offering free rounds, plus continuing discounts and teetime booking priority through the year. A good example is the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe Players Card, which costs $125 for the year. Cardholders get a free round, a free bucket of range balls; 10 percent off food and beverages in Marty’s Back Nine Grill; and pro shop discounts of 15 percent to 25 percent. Most importantly, presenting the card can save up to $8.75 on 18-hole weekend rounds, with no limit on the card’s uses. New for 2010 are online specials being offered by courses that have gotten Internet savvy. Like airlines seeking to fill last-minute seats, courses are posting last-minute specials on their Web sites. Most notable is Santa Ana Golf Club, which updates its online rates almost daily. Also new are e-mail blasts offering last-minute tee times or golf and lunch or golf and dinner specials. If your e-mail inbox can handle the load, sign up for weekly e-mail updates and save some money.

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Taos Country Club, no longer run by American Golf, is under new management.

WHAT’S NEW?
Taos isn’t the only Northern New Mexico golf spot with a few new wrinkles. Here’s what else is happening in norteño golf. A new clubhouse opens May 21. The twostory stone and stucco building encloses 27,000 square feet, including a restaurant, golf shop, lounge and indoor swimming pool. The interior features hand-hewn beams, vaulted ceilings and a rock fireplace. Book one room at Angel Fire Resort and get a second room free. Guests in the promotion enjoy twilight rates at the Angel Fire course during morning play.

officials have built an 18-hole disc golf course in the native areas of the real golf course. Holes vary from 40 to 163 yards in length. Cost: $4 for adults, $2 for juniors and students.

Angel Fire

Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe
Trimming of low-hanging piñon and juniper branches in the non-turfed desert area continues. Translation: Shots that miss the groomed areas won’t necessarily lead to a lost-ball penalty. There is a fleet of new riding carts and new maintenance equipment. A record 93-day closure because of snow cover promises great conditions at Marty in 2010, said Director of Golf Ross Nettles, but be forewarned: “We have a new superintendent who plans on speeding up our greens,” Nettles said.

Black Mesa

The Santa Clara Hotel Casino, once known as the Big Rock Casino, opened in January about five minutes north of the golf course on U.S. 84/285. The hotel has 106 rooms and 18 suites and offers golf packages. Black Mesa continues to reap accolades from the national golf media. The April issue of GOLF magazine declared Black Mesa the best golf course in the state.

Towa Golf Club
For two days only, June 5-6, all three of Towa’s nines will be open for play. The Piñon Nine closes for extensive maintenance June 7, leaving the Valley Nine and the recently renovated Boulder Nine available for play through the summer. Towa offers the Towa Card for $149, which offers three rounds free and grants the holder unlimited play for $49 a round. Every ninth round is free. “This is our year for reputation repair, where we can tell players at Towa they will see a quality product,” said Linda Howell, Towa’s director of golf, the first woman to hold that position. Lots of snow helped Towa. “You can’t argue with a lot of winter moisture,” she said.

The clubhouse used to be a single cavernous log cabin room. The space was subdivided to create a separate dining area, La Piedra Grill, and a new 900-square-foot golf shop. In memory of the former director of golf, Steve Watson, who died unexpectedly last October, course
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Gene Torres NMHU Golf Course

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Area courses reaching out to younger players
By Dennis Latta and Dan Vukelich
For The New Mexican

GETTING ON THE BALL

Black Mesa Golf Club Director of Golf Tom Velarde believes that kids who pick up golf early in life later turn into dedicated golfers, so he starts them young — as early as 7 years old. Velarde is one of the forces behind the First Tee of Santa Fe, which reaches into the Santa Fe Public Schools during the school year then moves to Black Mesa and Santa Fe Country Club once school lets out for the summer. “I’d say that 80 percent of what we do is outreach,” Velarde said. Most golf courses in Northern New Mexico offer summer golf programs for juniors, but Black Mesa has taken the lead in offering such programs year-round, especially among Native American children. His introductory program uses oversized plastic clubs and balls slightly smaller than a tennis ball to help new players get the hang of the golf swing. “We can do it indoors or outdoors,” Velarde said. During the school year, golf is introduced during physical-education classes. Once school lets out, a more structured twice-a-week program begins. In addition to basic golf instruction and caps, water bottles and shirts, participants also get a heavy dose of the national First Tee program’s nine core values — integrity, sportsmanship, honesty, responsibility, respect, perseverance, courtesy, confidence and judgment. Dana Lehner, communi-

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Alexia Heist of El Paso, who was one of the top competitors during the 2009 Sun Country Junior Tour, follows through on her drive.

cations officer for the Sun Country Section PGA, the professional association for golf pros in New Mexico, said that aside from the obvious

— giving kids a structured activity during summer — getting them into golf offers more long-term benefits. “In a world where we have

a lot of kids on the couch, in front of the TV or the Playstation, if your goal is for your child to be active and social, golf is one of the best
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vehicles to do that,” Lehner said. “Over the course of four or five hours in the fresh air with friends or new friends,” Lehner said, “your child will be active, exercising and working on his or her social skills.” The Sun Country Section administers a summer-long series of junior tournaments for children, grouped by age. Children can enter as few or many as they like. This year, events are scheduled at Quail Run Country Club, Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe, Santa Fe Country Club and Los Alamos Golf Course, all in late June. The Rocky Mountain Junior Tour, by contrast, is a series of competitions for elite junior players held throughout the Rocky Mountain region during the summer. The tour is a showcase for top-ranked teenagers seeking to catch the attention of college golf coaches. Five events will be held in New Mexico in 2010, including one at Angel Fire in late June. More typical is the beginner summer program offered by Santa Fe Country Club, which is open to children of all skill levels. “The balls and clubs are included if they need them,” said Kirk Mackie, an assistant professional at Santa Fe Country Club. As their skill levels progress, Mackie moves his flock of wouldbe Tigers from the practice range to the golf course to play actual golf holes, he said. Steve Moreno, head professional at Towa Golf Club, runs the Pojoaque Boys and Girls Club junior golf program, which is open to anyone. “We cover all aspects from putting to the driver, and if there are kids who are

JUNIOR PROGRAMS
Black Mesa Golf Club Phone: 747-8946 Director: Tom Velarde Schedule: Six to eight two-week sessions Times: Starting at 1 p.m. Ages: 5 to 8 years old, 9-11, 12-14, 15 and up Cost: $60 for two weeks thefirstteeofsantafe.org; blackmesagolfclub.com Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe Phone: 955-4400 Director: Tom Watts Schedule: Two five-week sessions Times: 11 a.m.-noon and 12:15-1:15 p.m. Ages: 7-16 Cost: $82 for five weeks www.linksdesantafe.com Pojoaque Boys & Girls Club Junior Program
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For children who don’t have or can’t afford golf clubs, most junior golf programs supply clubs for use in their summer programs — with many relying on donations.

moving along, I plan to take some of them out on the course to play some holes,” Moreno said. “We start from the ground up, and if kids haven’t been exposed to golf, that’s OK because we let them progress at their own pace,” Moreno said. “Our ultimate goal, especially with the 12- and 13-year-olds who can physically master the golf swing, is to turn them into golfers who will stick with the game into high school and make it a lifelong sport.” Assistant golf professional

Tom Watts runs the summer program at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe. The 5-yearold program comprises two five-week sessions for kids 7 to 16 years old on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Fridays. “It is a beginner program and we provide clubs if needed,” Watts said. Dennis Latta is a veteran sports journalist and former director of the New Mexico Sports Authority. Dan Vukelich is editor of Sun Country Golf, a statewide golf magazine.

Phone: 819-2087 Director: Steve Moreno Schedule: 10 weeks Times: 10-11 a.m. Cost: $10 per session buffalothunderresort.com Santa Fe Country Club Phone: 471-0601 Director: Kirk Mackie Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays Times: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages: 6-16 Cost: $30 per week thefirstteeofsantafe.org; santafecountryclub.com Sun Country Junior Tour Phone: 897-0864 Director: Theresa Sloan Schedule: Weekly Locations: Throughout New Mexico and El Paso Ages: 7-18 Cost: $35 for the enrollment in the summer series, $25 per event suncountry.pga.com

“The balls and clubs are included if they need them.”
KIRK MACKIE, ASSISTANT PROFESSIONAL AT SANTA FE COUNTRY CLUB
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2010 GOLF COURSE LISTINGS
ANGEL FIRE COUNTRY CLUB

Picturesque layouts highlight Northern New Mexico’s courses
Acting PGA head professional: Jon Jaress Layout: 18 holes, mountain Classification: Resort, public City: Angel Fire Phone: 575-377-6401 or 1-800-633-7463 Address: 100 Country Club Drive, Angel Fire, N.M. Web site: angelfireresort.com E-mail: countryclub@ 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 Date opened: 1961 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 opens: May 21-Oct. 17 18-hole rates (including range balls, golf cart) vary by season (see below) Shoulder season: May 21June 17, Sept. 7- Oct. 17 Shoulder, any week day: $65, $59 resort, includes cart In-season, any day of the week: June 18-Sept. 6 Summer season: $85, $77 resort Twilight: $45 shoulder and $53 Yardage, rating and slope: Blue: 6,660 yards 71.1 137 White: 6,319 yards 69.6 133

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The Angel Fire Country Club, which opened in 1961, boasts 16 holes surrounded by water.

Red: 5,390 yards 70.3 135 Gold: 5,208 yards, 65.1 124 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. 399 (U.S. 84/285 toward Taos from Santa Fe, then take N.M. 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: All major credit cards Course designer: Baxter Spann

Grass: Greens, bentgrass; fairways, Kentucky bluegrass Year opened: 2003 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):

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PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN ADAMS

Shown here is Hole 8’s green on the Gene Torres New Mexico Highlands University Golf Course, which is surrounded by tall, native grasses that line the fairways.

Weekends and holidays: $87 Weekdays: $82 Black Mesa Golf Association members save about $25 per round in return for $100 annual membership Yardage, rating and 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 still among Golf Digest’s top 100 public courses in the United States. Be prepared for some wild putting.
GENE TORRES NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY GOLF COURSE

General manager/director of golf: David Kurtz

Clubhouse manager: Wayne Ueckert Layout: Modified parkland/desert links Classification: Public City: Las Vegas, N.M. Phone: 505-425-7711 Address: Country Club Drive, Las Vegas, NM 87701: Mailing address: P.O. Box 9000, Las Vegas, N.M. 87701 Web site: www.nmhu.edu Open: March 1-Nov. 30, weather permitting Advance tee times: 14 days, walk-ins welcome Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major credit cards Course designer: Jeffrey Brauer Grass: greens, Bentgrass; fairways, Kentucky bluegrass; rough, fine fescue Year opened: 2008 (after redesign) Other services: Putting and pitching greens, driving range, club rental, pro shop,

instruction Club rental: TaylorMade, $30 Food availability: La Piedra Grill Signature hole: No. 8; par 5, requires an angled approach between two large mounds to the green. 9-hole rates (cart not included) Seven days a week: $15 Seniors (60 and older): $12 Juniors (17 and under): $7 18-hole rate (cart not included) Seven days a week: $25 Seniors (60 and older): $20 Juniors (17 and under): $12 Twilight all days at applicable nine-hole rate Cart fees: 18 holes, $14 per person; nine holes/twilight: $8 Yardage, rating and slope: Men: Par 72 (play nine-hole course twice) Black: 7,080 yards 71.4 125 Gold: 6,772 yards 70.2 122
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2010 GOLF COURSE LISTINGS
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.
LOS ALAMOS GOLF COURSE

Head professional: Donnie Torres Golf course manager: Steve Lickliss Assistant professionals: Michael Phillips, Kenny Walker Layout: Mountain Classification: Public 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. before the weekend you wish to play Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: Visa and MasterCard only Course designer: William Tucker Grass: Greens, bentgrass; fairways, Kentucky bluegrass Year opened: 1947 Other services: Lessons for adults, junior groups and private. Tournaments and special events Club rental: 18 holes, $26.25; nine holes, $19 Pull-cart rental: 18 holes, $6; 9 holes, $3 Food availability: Full-service snack bar Signature hole: No. 17 18-hole and nine-hole rates, (cart not included):
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Scenic Hole 13 at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe, a par 5 that seems to play longer than the 550 yards from the back tees, is ranked as the sixth hardest on the course. 18 holes, weekdays (MondayThursday) $31.50 weekends: $33.50 Nine holes weekdays $19; weekends: $20 Seniors rates: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. only 18 holes: $34.50 (includes cart), Nine holes: $20 (includes cart) 18 holes: $24 (without cart), Nine holes: $14 (without cart) Children (under 18): 18 holes weekdays, $14.70, weekends, $15.75; Nine holes: $9.45 any day Cart fees: 18 holes $14.75 per player; nine holes, $8.50 per player Practice range: $7, $3.50, $1.75 Yardage, rating and 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 lots of room. The Jemez Mountains and the Valle Caldera 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 wellkept secret.
MARTY SANCHEZ LINKS DE SANTA FE

Head professional: Ross Nettles Assistant professionals: Tom Watts Layout: Championship 18, modified desert links; par-3 nine-hole course, parkland.

Classification: Public City: Santa Fe Phone: 505-955-4400 Address: 205 Caja del Rio Road (near N.M. 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 Year opened: 1998 Other services: Two putting and pitching greens, practice and sand bunker, driving

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Hole 21 (the Wreckage) at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club, is a par 4 that plays 448 yards from the black tees, the furthest back of the 10 boxes to tee off. 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 bunkerdefended finishing hole 18-hole rate (carts not included): Weekdays $32.75, weekends $35 Players Club cardholders: Weekdays $24.25, weekends $26.25 Nine-hole rate for the “Great 28” par 3 course: Weekdays $16, weekends $18.25 Seniors (60 and older): $25.50 walking, $23 with cart weekdays (Mon.-Fri.); weekends $35.25 with cart Juniors: 18 holes, weekdays $12.75, weekends $14.75 Cart fees: 18 holes $16; nine holes $9 Yardage, rating and slope:
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18-hole course: 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.
PAA-KO RIDGE GOLF CLUB

Superintendent/general manager: Rob Murray

PGA professional: 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. 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-Nov. 30, dawn to dusk, weather permitting Advance tee times: One month in advance (a month plus seven days for PaaKo 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 Year opened: 2000 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 oncourse 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 warmup range balls included) 18 hole rate: Mon.-Thurs. $89; Fri.-Sun., holidays, $114 Nine-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 with paying adult Cart fees: 18 holes $20, nine holes $10 Practice range per half-hour: $8 Yardage, rating and slope: Original 18 holes (built in 2000) 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

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Hole 6 is one of the scenic holes at Pendaries Golf Course. will enhance your enjoyment of this scenic golf course, a true New Mexico gem and one of just 26 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 or 1-800-733-5267 Address: 1 Golf Drive, N.M. 105, at the entrance to Pendaries Village Web site: www.pendaries.net E-mail: pendaries@wildblue. net Open: April 16-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 Year opened: 1972 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 Yardage, rating and 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;
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2010 GOLF COURSE LISTINGS

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The par 4 Hole 6, on the Cheena course at Santa Ana Golf Club, can be challenging at 375 yards, especially up around the green. weather permitting, seven days a week during summer. Advance tee times: 14 days Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: Major cards Course designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr. Grass: Greens, Penncross bentgrass; fairways, Kentucky bluegrass Year opened: 1981 Other services: Putting and pitching green, practice and driving range, professional instruction Club rental: Nike, $35. Food availability: Restaurant, bar and grill, beverage cart. Signature hole: No. 9, a panoramic uphill dogleg par 4. Green fees (cart included): New Mexico residents: Mon.-Thurs., $52, Weekends, $67; Senior rates: $35 (weekdays only) Out-of-state residents: Add $5 to green fees Annual memberships available: Call for details. Periodic specials: Call for details.
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Practice range, driving range, short-game practice area, putting green, tournament services Yardage, rating and 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, piñon 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 Year opened: 1991 Other services: Two putting and pitching greens, practice sand bunker, driving range, club rental, Professional shop, instructions Club rental: TaylorMade, $35 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. and holidays, $46 Nine holes: Mon.-Thurs. $21; Fri.-Sun.,

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Towa Golf Club has three nine-hole courses for your enjoyment; the Boulder 9, Piñon 9 and Valley 9. holidays, $23 Seniors: Mon.-Thurs., $29; Sat.-Sun., $39 Children, 17 and under: $20 Cart fees: 18 holes $15 Yardage, 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 E-mail: 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 Year opened: 1941 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 Nine 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: 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
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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: Ranchos de 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: 18 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 May 1-Oct. 15: Weekedays (Mon.-Thurs.) $62; weekends (Fri.-Sun.) $72 18 holes, fall season: $43, weekday; weekends (Fri.-Sun.) $48 Nine holes: vary by season, time of day Cart fees: Weekdays and weekends $15 per person Practice range, putting and practice greens, practice sand bunker, driving range, PGA
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High elevation will help shorter hitters at the Taos Country Club. instruction Yardage, rating and 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 kneedeep sage forest off the turfed areas and you’ll score.
TOWA GOLF RESORT

Golf director: Linda Howell Head professional: Steve Moreno Layout: 27 holes, 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: Linda.howell@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: Nike, $45 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 focus on the game, not scenery. Green fees: $79 weekdays, $84 weekends Seniors rates available (60 and over): Mon.-Thurs. Practice range, driving range, short game practice area Yardage, rating and 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 Valley 9 Gold: 3,377 yards 35.0 123 Black: 3,157 yards 33.8 122 Blue: 2,908 yards 32.7 117 White: 2,714 yards 30.5 109 Red: 2,319 yards 32.3 112
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,

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Twin Warriors’ 16th hole has an up-and-down fairway that plays at 648 yards from the back tees. The large undulating green can be difficult when the pin is placed in the front or back. Santa Ana Pueblo Web site: www.mynewmexicogolf.com E-mail: derek@santaanagolf.com Open: Hours 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 cards Course designer: Gary Panks Grass: Greens, dominant bent SR 1019 and SR 1020; fairways and tees, hybrid bluegrass; roughs, bluegrass/fescue mix Year opened: 2001 Other services: Putting greens, driving range, professional shop and instruction Club rental: TaylorMade or Nike, $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, include cart and range balls: New Mexico residents, weekdays (Mon.-Thurs.) $69 New Mexico resident, weekends, (Fri.-Sun.) $79 Twilight after 2 p.m. $39 Practice range: Daily practice facility pass $25 Yardage, rating and 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 Back: 6,131 yards 74.6 134 (Women) Forward: 5,100 yards 71.3 126 (Women)
VALLE ESCONDIDO

Head Professional/manager: Baxter Laymance Layout: Nine holes, mountain Classification: Semi-private Nearest city: Taos Phone: 575-758-3475 Address: Between Angel Fire and Taos on

U.S. 64 Open: Daily, dawn to dusk, May-October. Course opens May 15 Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: Yes Course designer: Paulson Grasses: Greens, bentgrass and poa annua; fairways, native grasses Year opened: 1964 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. All-day rate (cart not included): $25; $10 for children under 12 Pull cart: $5, no motorized carts Yardage, rating and slope: White: 2,795 yards 65.2 104 Red: 2,329 yards 65.0 112 Course tips: Nice family-oriented golf course 12 miles east of the Taos Plaza Note: The clubhouse opens in mid-May.
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Questa

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Red River

Golf courses
Ghost Ranch
84

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Taos Country Club
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Taos

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Valle Escondido

Angel Fire
Angel Fire Country Club Counrty

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Pilar Embudo

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Abiquiú

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Española La Cueva Pojoaque
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Black Mesa 502 Pendaries Golf Course Whispering Pines

Los Alamos

Los Alamos

Towa Golf Quail Run Resort

Rociada
A4A

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Tesuque
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Pendaries

Sapello
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Las Campanas
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Quail Run

Santa Fe
Santa Fe Country Club

Cochiti Lake

Marty Sanchez

Pueblo de Cochití Cochiti

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Pecos

Las Vegas

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Madrid

Santa Ana

Twin Warriors

Bernalillo
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PAA-KO Ridge PAA-KO Ridge

Sandia Park

The New Mexican

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A golfer’s dream. . .
The most exciting resort in New Mexico offers an incredible Hilton golf experience you won’t soon forget. Set against the breathtaking Santa Fe high mountain desert, the lush course beckons. Designed by PGA legend Hale Irwin and master architect Bill Phillips, the Towa Golf Club at Buffalo Thunder is the place to play.

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