Golfing in Santa Fe is back! Believe it or not, there are more golf courses in Santa Fe than we were able to cover in last week’s blog. The more I think about it, the more I believe that this is an important feature of New Mexico to a large demographic of people. Santa Fe is not known as a sporting town, so what we have to offer in that arena (pardon the pun) is often overlooked. However, Santa Fe is often used as a training ground for Olympic athletes due to its high altitude and quality public facilities. Golfing, in particular, truly does bring people from all over the world, as it is a completely unique experience to golf in Santa Fe. The high altitude environment and sophisticated course design provides great exercise, and our unique geography is on display, giving our visitors a full dose of New Mexico’s greatest features. Our second edition in this golfing series will likely be our last for a while, and it won’t cover every course available, but wewill try to highlight the most popular courses. We are also focusing on Northern New Mexico golfing, but please note that there are popular courses throughout New Mexico.
Black Mesa Golf Club
This course deserves its own article. It offers some of the most diverse layouts of any course in the state. It is specifically designed around the area’s unique geography. The courses wrap around distinctive rock formations and arroyos, and they are incorporated as hazards or simply for visual flare. Golfing here feels like nothing less than an adventure through New Mexico’s wilderness. The course is known for being very cerebral, and requires a level of strategy that is will continue to challenge repeat visitors. On top of all of that, it is affordable to play, and really shouldn’t be missed by any golfer visiting New Mexico.
Angel Fire Resort Golf Course
People visit Angel Fire Resort for much more than its golf course. However, that doesn’t mean that it should be overlooked. Angel Fire is a high-altitude destination, and that aesthetic lends itself well to this course’s challenging 18 holes. The signature hole, #6, places the golfer on the tee box 200 vertical feet above the green, 239 yards away, surrounded by groves of aspen trees and towering pine. As a bonus, the resort offers abundant amenities, and this is a great place to visit for those interested in fitness activities in New Mexico of all kinds.
Piñon Hills Golf Course
Piñon Hills is located in Farmington, and has been rated by Golf Digest to be the best public golf course in all of America! As with all of these offerings, the views are spectacular, and it is well integrated into the surrounding landscape. There are offerings for all skill levels, and it is almost impossible for prospective golfers to be disappointed with the course. For a public course, it is often applauded for having the aesthetic of a luxurious private course. It is often host to tournaments, and is therefore great for spectators and competitors alike.
Riverview Golf Course
Riverview is located in the Northwest area of our state, and is a great stop for golfers interested in visiting Four Corners. It is often called a “Jewel of the desert” as it is a rare patch of green in a largely barren (yet still beautiful) environment. It is famous for its bent grasses. Originally built as a community course for gas company employees, its first nine holes are considered to be aimed at beginners, however an additional nine holes were later added to provide more advanced players with an additional challenge. This brings a wide array of players to this course, and can be an appealing addition when you visit Four Corners!