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a slice of heaven.
Breathtaking. Challenging. Year-round Golf.

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At 7000 feet, with 360 degrees of unsurpassed mountain views, Marty Sanchez Links offers 18 championship holes, a 9-hole executive course, friendly and knowledgeable staff, well-groomed fairways and greens and a restaurant with snack bar. Open year-round, weather permitting.
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Call for tee times 505.955.4400 205 Caja del Rio Rd. off HWY 599

Published April 29, 2011 Cover design Jon Lechel Editor and publisher Robin Martin Associate publisher Ginny Sohn Managing editor Rob Dean EDITORIAL Magazine editor: Inez Russell Magazine design: Jon Lechel Copy editing: Mike Cosgrove, Rosemary Jackson, Kristie Jones Writing: Dan Vukelich Director of photography: Clyde Mueller ADVERTISING Advertising director: Joe Vigil, 986-3007 Marketing and Design Department Manager: David Del Mauro Layout: Christine Huffman Designers: Elspeth Hilbert, Scott Fowler, Dale Deforest, Bill Jacobi and Enrique Figuerdo RETAIL ADVERTISING SALES Michael Brendel, 995-3825 Gary Brouse, 995-3861 Cristina Iverson, 995-3830 Alex J. Martinez, 995-3837 Jan Montoya, 995-3838 Art Trujillo, 995-3824 Rick Wiegers, 995-3840 Vincent Torres, 995-3835 ONLINE ADVERTISING SALES Jim Keyes, 995-3819 Belinda Hoschar, 995-3844 RAIL RUNNER XPRESS ADVERTISING COMMERCIAL PRINT SALES Rob Newlin, 505-670-1315 SYSTEMS Technology director: Michael Campbell PRODUCTION Operations director: Al Waldron Assistant production director: Tim Cramer Prepress manager: Dan Gomez Press manager: Larry Quintana Packaging manager: Brian Schultz WEB Web editor: Henry M. Lopez ADDRESS Office: 202 E. Marcy St. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday Advertising information: 986-3082 Delivery: 505-984-0363 or 1-800-873-3372 For copies of the magazine: 505-490-0316


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The Santa Fe Country Club designer getting a push for Hall of Fame.

The Notah Begay III Foundation takes aim at getting kids healthy.

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An updated list of the Northern New Mexico courses to play.

Teenage golfers play a day of golf to benefit a youth foundation.

Three area golf-course professionals offer three tips for success.


Find out where to play a round with our map of top golf courses.

ON THE WEB Get course reviews from around New Mexico, interesting stories, updates on how your favorite course is playing and hear what other golfers are saying from The Downhill Lie at WWW.GOLFINGNM.COM.
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Notah Begay III drives the second hole of Turning Stone Resort & Casinos Atunyote Golf Club at the NB3 Foundation Challenge in August 2010 in Vernona, N.Y. The Foundation Challenge raises awareness and funding for the improved health and wellness of Native American youth nationwide. HEATHER AINSWORTH/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Begay fights diabetes and obesity with golf movement
By Dan Vukelich
PGA Tour and New Mexico professional golfer Notah Begay III is fighting obesity and Type 2 diabetes among Native youth through the sports he played during his childhood golf and soccer. By age 4, 31 percent of Native Americans are diagnosed as being obese double the rate of other ethnic groups.
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Long-term effects of obesity and Type 2 diabetes are heart disease, kidney problems, nerve damage and blindness. We believe that sports, coupled with health and wellness programming, can serve as a vehicle for social change, Begay wrote in an email while traveling and competing on the Nationwide Tour. Crystal Echo Hawk, executive director of the Notah Begay III Foundation, said the time is now to invest in prevention of these grave health risks before it

claims the future of the next generation of Native American leaders. The foundations strategy is to get kids excited about sports, get them outside and running around, and to get their heart rates up and, most importantly, get them to change their diets. The foundation has enrolled more than 300 children at San Felipe Pueblo in a soccer program. Twenty Navajo children in ToHajiilee on the Navajo Nation are enrolled in a

golf program that has been featured on The Golf Channel. Golf clinics also have been held at Laguna Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo. As many as a dozen other foundation golf clinics will be held in 2011 elsewhere in Indian Country. Soccer is definitely the fastest vehicle for improvement of health, said Kelli Wilson, a dietitian and head of the foundations sports and health programs. It is cheaper, and easier to get people involved, while the golf programs are more geared for leadership, confidence and developing life skills. Rob Lowry, formerly an instructor at the Santa Ana Golf Academy and the First Tee of Central New Mexico, organizes the foundations golf clinics. Like the First Tee, the program emphasizes life skills personal responsibility, honesty and integrity. The nutrition side of the foundations outreach aims to get Native kids to shun simple sugars and calorie-rich processed foods, eat smaller portions and add fresh fruits and vegetables to their daily diets. Begay, who is half Navajo and half Pueblo (one-quarter San Felipe and Isleta), started playing golf and soccer as a child. He played golf for Albuquerque Academy and later Stanford University, where he met teammate Tiger Woods, who remains a close friend. Begay, a three-time AllAmerican golfer, played on Stanfords 1994 national championship team. In 1999 and 2000, he won on the PGA Tour four times. His foundations efforts are funded by the NB3 Challenge, an invitational golf event held each summer at the Turning Stone Resort on the Oneida Reservation in New York. The field relies on Begays

PGA Tour and New Mexico professional golfer Notah Begay III, right, with his caddie, brother Clint Begay, wowed the crowd at the 2010 New Mexico Open by sinking a 30-foot putt for an eagle on the final hole at Santa Ana Golf Club in Albuquerque.

social change. Begay III, in an email while playing on the Nationwide Tour
PGA Tour connections. Past players have included Woods, Ricky Fowler, Vijay Singh, Anthony Kim, Annika Sorenstam, Morgan Pressel and Lorena Ochoa. Last years event raised $1.4 million. Private and federal grant proposals are being prepared to expand the foundations programs to Oklahoma, Arizona, South Dakota and possibly the Pacific Northwest, Wilson said. San Felipe Pueblo parent Briana Sandoval, whose children Brennen, 11, and Brenna, 9, enrolled in an NB3 Foundation-organized 3-on-3 soccer league, noticed a difference after last summers events. After their first season of playing soccer, I noticed a difference in all areas, Sandoval wrote. The major part was their weight. My son lost

We believe that sports, coupledaswith health and wellness programming, can serve a vehicle for
weight after his first season. And he had raised his grades. He went from a 2.1 GPA to a 3.3 GPA. My daughter was also losing weight. Her grades were also improving I was so amazed to see how they were improving. Something every parent would hope for in their child. For more information about the NB3 Foundation, visit
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Santa Fe Country Club course designed by golfing legend
By Dan Vukelich
The Santa Fe Country Club course is the handiwork of a man renowned as the Johnny Appleseed of American Golf. Tom Bendelow (1868-1936) was a Scottish-born golf architect, who designed about 600 courses across the United States and Canada, spanning a 35-year career than began in the late 1890s. He specialized in building courses along, or not far from, newly laid rail lines. At the time, the train was North Americas dominant form of long-distance travel. Several golf-history books say Bendelow designed the SFCC course in 1930 as a nine-hole layout, but land acquisition delays, the Depression and the outbreak of World War II delayed the courses opening until 1947. The Santa Fe Country Club course remained a nine-hole course until the late 1960s, when some of the members, and the golf professional at the time designed a second nine. Stuart Bendelow, the architects grandson, is lobbying for his grandfather to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla. There is some merit to the claim that Tom Bendelow deserves a place in the sports history books. Bendelow wasnt just prolific, he designed some the finest courses in the United States during the era, including Olympia Fields Country Club and Medinah Country Club near Chicago, both repeat U.S. Open venues.
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Prolific golf-course architect Tom Bendelow, who lived from 1868-1936, is responsible for carving out nine holes of the Santa Fe Country Club course in 1930. COURTESY PHOTO


Swing move, location keep impact constant
Is your problem inconsistent contact with your irons that manifests itself as fat or thin shots? Research reveals that PGA Tour players golf swings bottom out a full four inches in front of the golf ball, while average golfers swings bottom out nearly two inches behind the ball. A swing that bottoms out behind the ball means that the player will hit every shot either fat or thin. The solution is to move the bottom of the swing. No The bottom point, IPTC which is where the club hits the ground and takes a divot, needs to be in front of the golf Ross Nettles ball. Weight distribution at impact is the greatest factor in determining where the divot will occur. To practice improving divot location,
Step 2: Set your wrists early Golf For most shots, you feature want to hit the ball on David first, but this is where Nowell, bunker shots differ. On a bunker shot, you want the sand to carry the ball out of the bunker, David Nowell not the clubface. This is accomplished by entering the sand a couple inches behind the ball and accelerating through the sands resistance. Controlling where the clubface enters the sand is the key. You can do this by cocking your wrist and setting the club early in the swing. This helps control the clubface effectively and determines where the club enters the sand. It also helps keep the clubface open through the shot and use the bounce of the club. Step 3: Accelerate through the shot

draw a line on the ground perpendicular to the target line and play that line in the middle of your stance. Then, at the top of the backswing, make the first move toward the target a weight shift back to the left foot, using the lower body. With practice, the divot should start moving in front of the line on the ground, thus improving your consistency of impact. Ross Nettles is director of golf at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe. Accelerate, accelerate, accelerate I cant stress this enough. Most problems I see in bunker play start with deceleration through the shot. Weve all done it. You take your backswing, think I am going to hit this too hard and hold back losing the force needed to propel the sand, and the ball, out of the bunker. The best thing about the bunker shot is making contact with the sand and not the ball. You dont have to be as precise as a normal shot, and you can use the sand surrounding the golf ball to your advantage. This is why we position the clubface to enter the sand a couple of inches behind the ball and use that sand to help get the ball out, instead of fighting against it. So remember, open, set and accelerate. I hope this helps the next time you find yourself trapped in a bunker. David Nowell is director of golf at the Santa Fe Country Club. your target (for right-handed players), and play the ball no farther forward in your stance than the middle. No. 3: Choke down on the grip. Practice until you find the optimal point. No. 4: Just take the club back 10 to 15 inches, depending on the length of the chip, and execute a putting stroke. Keep the club head low to the ground and stroke the ball at the hole. By rolling the ball rather than flying it, with practice, youll get the ball closer more often. Closer to the hole means shorter putts, more pars and thats a good thing, right? Mark Swanson is an assistant professional at the Santa Ana Golf Club.
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Three steps to getting out of tough bunkers

One of the most troublesome shots in golf is the bunker shot. Everyone knows the first objective in any sand shot is to get the ball out of the bunker. The second is to get the ball on the green and finally, you hope to get the ball close to the pin. Here are three easy steps that will have you out, and on your way. Step 1: Open your clubface and your stance (feet and body aimed left of target) On a bunker shot, use the bounce of the club to get through the sand. The only way to use the bounce correctly is to open the clubface at address and hold it open through the shot. Using the bounce prevents the club from digging in the sand and allows you to accelerate through the shot.

Dont let chip shots damage your game

For occasional golfers, one persistent problem is chipping something I have witnessed at many pro-am competitions. The most glaring error I see is inconsistent contact. The stroke is either too flat, resulting in thin shots that go rocketing past your playing partners, or the stroke is too steep, resulting in fat shots that barely make it out of your own shadow, also known as the dreaded chili dip. Rather than flash back to embarrassing

flubs of the past each time you get over a chip shot, try this: No. 1: Try using a No different club. The IPTC objective with this shot is to get the ball just to the green and rolling as quickly as possible. I Mark like to use an 8-iron, but Swanson you can fool around at the practice area to identify which club works best. No. 2: Get your stance a little more narrow, no more than shoulder width. Now, open your stance, just a little, with your left foot turned slightly toward


St. Michaels teens play all day for Sun Country foundation
By Dan Vukelich
Young Marty Sanchez took to Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe recently in an attempt to play 100 holes in a day he made it to 63, raising $300 in the process. Marty, the teenager, is the nephew of Marty, the former city champion, for whom Marty Sanchez, the course, was named. The younger Marty is a member of the two-time Class A-AAA state champion St. Michaels High School Horseman golf team. In the early 1990s, Marty the uncle was the citys dominant amateur player and two-time winner of the city championship. He died of cancer in 1992. When the new municipal course was built west of town in 1998, former Santa Fe Mayor Sam Pick named it after him. The 17-year-old Marty, a junior, along with a teammate, Zach Berhost (Picks grandson), decided to raise money for the Sun Country Junior Foundation through a golf marathon. Berhost brought in $350. I wouldnt be the golfer I am without golf and without Sun Country, Sanchez said, referring to junior events organized by the states PGA

St. Michaels junior Marty Sanchez Jr. attempted to play 100 consecutive holes in one day to raise money for the Sun Country Junior Foundation he made it through 63 holes, raising $300 in the process.

Golf is among the hardest sports because you can never be perfect at it. Sanchez Jr., St. Michaels senior
ther, Lee Sanchez Sr., 84, still has a hand in his training. With a handicap index of 1.2, the St. Michaels standout is entering an important year in his career, when he has an opportunity to catch the eye of college golf coaches. GolfWeek, a leading golf magazine, ranks Sanchez in

professional and amateurs associations he has played in since grade school. I have to give something back. Sanchez picked up the game from his father, repeat state amateur champion Lee Sanchez Jr., who is now dominating New Mexicos senior amateur play. His grandfa-

the top 800 of the nations scholastic players. A good showing at Sun Country amateur events and USGA qualifiers this summer could mean a shot at a NCAA Division I golf career. Golf is among the hardest sports because you can never be perfect at it, Sanchez said. When my friends ask when Im going to take up a mans sport, I tell them Id like to see a 300-pound lineman grab a golf club and do what we do.


Whats your favorite thing about the Santa Fe Country Club course? Playability. It plays fair and is always a good time. Narrow fairways, long roughs and small greens make it just challenging enough to keep your attention. Not too hard, but fun and a decent test of
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your iron game. I truly enjoy playing here every time I tee it up. David Nowell, SFCC director of golf Whats your favorite thing about the Towa golf course? The incredible views and the layout. The fourth on the Boulder 9, only island

green in New Mexico, makes for a fantastic view from the tee box combined with a challenging shot. Steven Moreno, Towa head golf professional and director of instruction For the full Q&As and other New Mexico professionals, visit The Downhill Lie at

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Picturesque layouts highlight Northern New Mexicos gems

Black Mesa Golf Club near Espaola, has held a spot in Golf magazines Top 100 You Can Play almost since it opened, thanks to a challenging design and spectacular high-desert landscape.. COURTESY PHOTO


Acting head professional: Jon Jaress Assistants: Rich Smith, Joel Jaress Layout: 18 holes, mountain Classification: Resort, public City: Angel Fire Phone: 575-377-3055 or 800-633-7463 Address: 100 Country Club Drive, Angel Fire Website: Email: Course hours: Vary by season and available daylight. Advance tee times: Seven days Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major Course designer: Paul Ortiz Grass: Bentgrass greens and bluegrass fairway Year opened: 1961 Other services: Separate putting and pitching greens, practice sand bunker, driving range, instruction
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Club rental: 18 holes, $38; nine holes, $22 Food availability: Snack bar and oncourse 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-Closes: Oct. 17 18-hole rates: (including range balls, golf cart) vary by season (see below) Shoulder season: May 21-June 17, Sept. 7- until close on Oct. 17: Shoulder, any day of the week: $65, $59 resort, includes cart In-season, any day of the week: June 18Sept. 6 Summer season: $89, $79 resort Twilight: $48 shoulder and $57 high season YARDAGE, RATING AND SLOPE Blue: 6,660 yards, 71.1, 137 White: 6,319 yards, 69.6, 133 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.


Director: Tom Velarde Assistant professional: Heath Wade Layout: 18 holes, desert links Classification: Public, resort City: Espaola Phone: 505-747-8946 Address: 115 N.M. 399 (Take U.S. 84/285 toward Taos from Santa Fe, then take N.M. 399 west.) Website: Email: Open: Daily, dawn to dusk, weather permitting Advance tee times: 14 days

Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major Course designer: Baxter Spann Grass: Bentgrass greens and Kentucky bluegrass faiways 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, 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 New association membership programs, call for details; senior rates for association members Juniors: any day, $21 walking; $41 with cart, must play with an adult
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 Digests top 100 public courses in the United States. Be prepared for some wild putting. Links magazine ranks Black Mesa No. 4 on its most spectacular in the world list.


General manager/director of golf: (Vacant at press time) 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, N.M. 87701: Mailing address: P.O. Box 9000, Las Vegas, N.M. 87701 Website: Open: Year-round Advance tee times: 14 days, walk-ins welcome Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major Course designer: Jeffrey Brauer Grass: Bentgrass greens, Kentucky bluegrass fairways and fine fescue rough 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

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an angled approach between two large mounds to the green Nine-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 Par 72 (play nine-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

Womens white: 6,036 yards, 72.0, 127 Womens 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.


Head professional: Donnie Torres Course manager: Steve Wicklisse Assistant professional: Michael Phillips Layout: Mountain City: Los Alamos Phone: 505-662-8139 Address: 4250 Diamond Drive Website:
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Email: Open: Daily, call for hours of service Advance tee times: Three days in advance. Wednesday morning for the weekend Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: Visa and MasterCard only Course designer: William Tucker Grass: Kentucky bluegrass fairways and bentgrass greens 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; nine holes, $3 Food availability: Snack bar under construction. Pre-prepared sandwiches, snacks, beverages Signature hole: No. 17 18-hole rate (cart not included): Monday-Thursday, $31.50; weekends, $33.50 Nine-hole rate (cart not included): weekdays, $19; weekends, $20 Senior rates: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 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 Gold: 6,700 yards, 71.2, 124 Blue: 6,500 yards, 69.7, 120 White: 5,500 yards, 64.7, 108 Womens white: 5,500 yards, 69.0, 123 Womens red: 5,200 yards, 67.1, 120 Course tips: This is not your typical mountain course. Theres 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 well-kept secret.

Hole No. 4 at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe is a par 3 that plays at 245 yards from the tips, with water protecting the left side of the green. COURTESY PHOTO


Head professional: Ross Nettles Assistant professionals: Tom Watts, J.D. Daigle Layout: Championship 18, modified desert links; par-3 nine-hole course, parkland. Classification: Public City: Santa Fe
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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) Website: Open: Daily, dawn to dusk, weather permitting Advance tee times: Seven days Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major Course designer: Baxter Spann Grass: Bentgrass greens and bluegrass and fescue fairways Year opened: 1998 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 a water- and bunker-defended finishing hole 18-hole rate (carts not included): Weekdays, $32.75, weekends, $34

Players Pass cardholders: Weekdays, $24.25; weekends, $26.25 Nine-hole rate for the Great 28 par-3 course: Weekdays, $17; weekends, $18.25 Seniors 60 and older: Monday-Friday, $25.50 walking, $33 with cart; 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 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 Nine-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 Fes high elevation makes for longer drives than at sea level. Stick to the fairways. Greens are deceptively subtle. No. 18 is one of the states great finishing holes.


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 Website: Email: Open: Daily, March 1-Nov. 30, 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: All major Course designer: Ken Dye Grass: Bentgrass greens and Kentucky bluegrass fairways Year opened: 2000 Other services: Putting greens, driving range, chipping and pitching green, practice bunker, instructions Club rental: 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. Theres 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: Monday-Thursday, $89; Friday-Sunday, holidays, $114 Nine-hole rate: Monday-Thursday, $40 Seniors, 60 and older: Monday-Thursday, $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 nine holes (built in 2005) Black: 3,842 yards Blue: 3,708 yards Green: 3,492 yards Brown: 3,256 yards Gray: 3,020 yards

Pendaries Golf Course, which opened in 1972, offers an 18-hole mountain layout that can challenge your fairway-hitting skills. CLYDE MUELLER/THE NEW MEXICAN

Course tips: Driver is not always the best option from the tee. The course doesnt 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 26 in the nation given a five-star rating by Golf Digest. The Zagat survey calls this golf course extraordinary.


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 Website: Email: Open: April 16-Oct. 15 Advance tee times: All seasons Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major

Course designer: Don Burns Grass: Bentgrass greens and Kentucky bluegrass fairways Year opened: 1972 Other services: Putting and pitching greens, driving range, club rental, professional shop, instruction Club rental: Hippo, $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): Monday-Thursday, $40; Friday-Sunday, $50 Nine-hole rates: Monday-Thursday, $25; Friday-Sunday, $30 Juniors, 17 and younger: all day, $10 (cart not included) Twilight rates (including cart): Monday-Thursday, $40, ($25 for nine); FridaySunday, $47, ($32 for nine) Cart fees: 18 holes, $15 per person; nine holes, $8 Range: $4 for 32-ball bucket
YARDAGE, RATING AND SLOPE Black: 6,550 yards, 67.9, 121
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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. Dont get too eager with your drives. Keep the ball below the hole, and make sure to enjoy the views. No bunkers except on the practice area.

Director: Jude Suina Layout: 18 holes, modified desert, target-style Classification: Public City: Pueblo de Cochiti Phone: 505-465-2239, 4652230 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). Website: Open: Open year-round; weather permitting, seven days a week during summer Advance tee times: 14 days Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major Course designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr. Grass: Penncross bentgrass greens and Kentucky bluegrass fairways 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, Monday-Thursday, $52; weekends, $65 New Mexico senior rates: $35 (weekdays only) Out-of-state residents: Add $5 Annual memberships available: Call for details Periodic specials: Call the
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Quail Run, a semi-private course, is a parkland modified-desert nine-hole course that is open from March to December. COURTESY PHOTO

shop for details Other services: 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 uneven lies. If you miss the turfed area youll probably find your ball among sand, cactus, pion and small boulders, but you likely wont like the next shot. Be mindful of rattlesnakes.

Head professional: Drew Shurbet Layout: Nine holes, parkland, modified desert Classification: Private (guests of members or members of other private clubs

with reciprocity clubs) City: Santa Fe Phone: 505-986-2255 Address: 3101 Old Pecos Trail Advance tee times: Seven days Type of golf carts: Electric Golf-cart rules: Cart paths only, except for the disabled Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major Course designer: Walter Weaver Grass: Bentgrass greens and bluegrass and fescue fairways Course age: 22 years Other services: Pro shop, putting and chipping greens Club rental: $7.50 for nine holes, $15 for 18 holes Food availability: Restaurant open for lunch and dinner Signature hole: No. 7; For this 515-yard par 5, accuracy off the tee is a must to hit the tee-shot landing area, which is a mere 28 yards wide. Avoid the hazard on the right by favoring the left side of the fairway. On your second shot, sacrifice

distance to keep your ball in play. Open: March through December, weather permitting Green fees (cart not included): $20 for nine holes, $40 for 18 holes; (cart) $10 per person for 18 holes Other services: Hitting net, putting and chipping greens
YARDAGE, RATING AND SLOPE Silver: 4,048 yards, 62.6, 109 Blue: 4,416 yards, 61.2, 101 White: 4,048 yards, 50.0, 98 Red: 3,472 yards, 58.6, 93 Course tips: You wont need your driver because the course rewards straight, accurate shots to score low


Head professional: Dave Brown Director: Roger Martinez Assistant professionals: Steve Manning, Mark Swanson, Javier Chavez

Layout: 27 holes, modified desert links Classification: Public City: Santa Ana Pueblo Phone: 505-867-9464 Address: 288 Prairie Star Road Website: Email: 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: All major Course designer: Ken Killian Grass: Bentgrass greens and Kentucky bluegrass fairways 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; A 375-yard, par-4 dogleg over water against a dramatic Sandia Mountain backdrop 18 holes (cart not included): Monday-Thursday, $36; Friday-Sunday, holidays $46 Nine holes: Monday-Thursday, $21; Friday-Sunday, holidays, $23 Seniors: Monday-Thursday, $29; Saturday-Sunday, $39 Senior Cart fee: $10 Children, 17 and under: $20 Cart fees: 18 holes, $15
YARDAGE, RATING AND SLOPE Because Santa Ana has 27 holes, offering three ninehole combinations, the rating and slope of the combinations vary. 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 most approach shots.

Placement in the medium-width fairway on the 18th hole at the Santa Fe Country Club is crucial for a low score on the 410-yard par 4. COURTESY PHOTO


Head professional/manager: David Nowell Assistant professional: Graham Richardson Layout: 18 holes, mix of modified desert links and parkland Classification: Semi-private City: Santa Fe Phone: 505-471-0601 Address: 4360-A Country Club Road Website: Email: Open: Tuesday-Sunday, dawn to dusk, weather permitting Advance tee times: Seven days Credit cards accepted: All major Course designer: Tom Bendelow Grass: Bentgrass greens and Kentucky bluegrass fairways Year opened: 1946 Other services: Driving range, short-game practice area and 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 wellguarded, two-tier 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 Other services: 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 Course tips: The courses

open layout, thick rough, narrow fairways and small greens make for challenging rounds. Keep to the fairways and avoid the trees. Its a traditional-style course with quick, smooth greens.


Head professional: Tad Bourg General manager: Tad Bourg Assistant professional: Carville 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 Website: Open: Daily, dawn to dusk, weather permitting Advance tee times: Up to two weeks with credit card Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major Course designer: Jep Willie
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Taos Country Clubs clubhouse serves as a golf shop, restaurant and art gallery. Since local owners retook operation from a golf-course management company two years ago, the clubhouse has reclaimed its role as a social center. COURTESY PHOTO

Grass: Bentgrass greens, bluegrass fairways and rough, fescue rough Year opened: 1992 Other services: Putting and pitching green, practice sand bunker, driving range, professional shop and PGA instruction Club rental: Cobra and Adams, $30 Food availability: Restaurant, snack shop, full bar, on-course food and beverage cart Signature hole: No. 8 18 holes (cart not included): May 1-Oct. 15: Weekdays (Monday-Thursday) $62; weekends (Friday-Sunday) $72 18 holes: fall season, $43; weekends (Friday-Sunday) $48 Nine holes: Rates vary by season, time of day Cart fees: Weekdays and weekends $15 per person Other services: Practice range, putting and practice greens, practice sand bunker, driving range, PGA instruction
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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 youll score.


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 Website: www.buffalothunderresort. com Email:

Open: Daily, dawn to dusk, weather permitting Advance tee times: 14 days. Call for tee time Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major Course designer: Hale Irwin and William Phillips Grass: Bentgrass greens and Kentucky bluegrass fairways Year opened: 2002 Other services: Driving range and short-game practice areas, home of the Hilton Golf Academy one of four in the nation featuring highly personalized golf instruction, featuring a student-toinstructor ratio no greater than 4-to-1. Club rental: Nike, $45 Food availability: Restaurant, full bar and on-course beverage cart Signature hole: No. 4; keep your ball dry on the states only true island green Course tips: Try to keep your eye on the game instead of the scenery

Towa Golf Course at Buffalo Thunder Resort features one of four Hilton Golf Academies in the United States. Students are guaranteed no greater than a four-to-one student-teacher ratio. COURTESY PHOTO

Green fees: $75 weekdays, $84 weekends (cart included); walkers receive $10 discount Seniors rates available, 60 and over: (Mon.-Thurs.) Twilight rate: $55 (cart included) Junior rate: $25, good seven days a week (cart included) with paying adult
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 PION 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


Head professional: Derek C. Gutierrez Tournament director: Zach Hoefel Assistant professional: Ron Ulibarri Teaching professional: Sandy Lemon Director: Roger Martinez Layout: 18 holes Classification: Resort, public City: Santa Ana Pueblo

Phone: 505-771-6155 Address: 1301 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo Website: Email: Open: Hours vary throughout the year because of the seasonal changes. Contact the pro shop for current hours of operation Advance tee times: Seven days Walking allowed: Yes Credit cards accepted: All major Course designer: Gary Panks Grass: Greens are dominant bent SR 1019 and SR 1020, while the fairways and tees are hybrid bluegrass with bluegrass/ fescue mix rough 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): Resident, weekdays (Monday-Thursday) $69; resident, weekends, (Friday-Sunday) $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 Womens back: 6,131 yards, 74.6, 134 Womens front: 5,100 yards, 71.3, 126

Note: The clubhouse opens mid-May 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: All major Grasses: Green, 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 that will require accuracy off the tee 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: Family-oriented golf course 12 miles east of the Taos Plaza
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