It’s easy to become enamored with New Mexico golf. Colorado’s southern neighbor is rife with high quality and surprisingly affordable courses.
Those are New Mexico’s greatest hits. But just like the “deep cuts” by your favorite recording artist, there are some off-the-beaten-track tracks that are well worth your time.
1. Since debuting in 1989, sumptuous Piñon Hills Golf Course in Farmington has been ranked among America’s top municipal tests and has long been regarded the best public golf experience in the Four Corners region. Nonresidents challenge this 7,200-yard Ken Dye design for under $45 all season long. Even better, book the $30 after-1 p.m. twilight rate, cart included.
2. Forty-one miles west of Santa Fe on the high-desert Pueblo de Chochiti Reservation, Cochiti Golf Club stands tall with a 6,817-yard Robert Trent Jones Jr. layout that Golfweek ranks among the state’s 10 best courses. Beginning April 1, an 18-hole weekend round is priced at $68, but after 2 p.m. the rate drops to $45.
4. Rockwind Community Links is so downright compelling that, following a $12.5 million redesign choreographed by Andy Staples, it earned top-10 Best New Course of the Year honors in 2015 from Golf Digest. The 7,100-yard municipal layout, regarded a blueprint for golf’s future, can be played for just $31 by overnighting at a local hotel.
5. Las Cruces’ semi-private Red Hawk Golf Club earns well-deserved accolades with a spectacular Ken Dye design that in 2015 was ranked among the state’s 10 best courses by Golf Digest. The 7,23-yard links course is geneously set on 200 acres of high desert terrain with breathtaking mountain backdrops. The $62 weekend greens fees drop to $42 starting at 1 p.m.
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Chris Duthie is a Durango-based contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer. Colorado AvidGolfer is the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it, publishing eight issues annually and proudly delivering daily content via coloradoavidgolfer.com.