The peaks of the Organ Mountains rise above the Mesilla Valley, framing the immaculate greenery of Sonoma Ranch Golf Course's 18-hole, 7,028-yard layout. Designed by internationally renowned course architect Cal Olson, the course unfurls across the valley floor with undulating fairways, encroaching water hazards, and sprawling bunkers that force players to build sandcastle trebuchets to rescue errant golf balls. A lengthy course when played from the back tees, the grassy monolith also challenges players' short game with massive, bentgrass greens peppered with hard-to-read breaks. Clubbers can prepare for their pin-hunting voyage with a stint at the driving range or practice green, or stare down the treacherous fairways over a tasty nosh at the Sunset Grill, which overlooks the scenic expanse.
Although the views of the Sacramento Mountains are imposing and majestic at ground level, nothing can compete with approaching them from 10,000 feet above. That’s why the staff at Skydive White Sands offers a range of jumps and classes that let guests get a bird’s-eye view of the mountain peaks, smooth white sands, and roller-skating clouds while feeling the rush of an adrenaline-pumping free fall. Staff members send jumpers into the air in a Cessna 206, then strap themselves to students for a tandem jump or teach them how to man their own parachute during the seven-level skydiving-licensing program. While in flight, clients can choose to record their experience with a handheld camera that documents their free fall and peaceful descent to the ground.
Framed by the rising peaks of distant mountain ranges, Red Hawk Golf Club's challenging, Ken Dye–designed course unfurls across 200 acres of immaculate turf and brambly native grasses. The course measures a daunting 7,523 yards from the farthest tees, and its open layout, undulating greens, and pot bunkers full of fossilized bagpipes channel the quaint charms of links-style Scottish courses. Five rippling ponds come into play on eight holes, and clubbers may need to adjust their yardage expectations to compensate for the layout's 4,300-foot elevation. An expansive driving range helps linksmen clear the cobwebs from sleepy swings, and PGA-certified instructors foster lower scores and higher fives with lessons, clinics, and other developmental programs.