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.
Course at a Glance:
* Designed by Cal Olson
* 18-hole, par 72 course
* Bentgrass greens
* Length of 7,028 yards from the farthest tees
* Course rating of 72.1 from the farthest tees
* Slope rating of 120 from the farthest tees
* Three tee options
Poster Art Solutions gifts wallet-watching art aficionados with affordably priced classic art prints and canvas transfers. Skilled artisans perform Poster Art's canvas transfers, in which the original image's ink and features are lifted and re-created on the canvas. After the transfer and a four-hour break to watch episodes of Dallas, the canvas is stretched and wrapped around custom stretcher bars, then enhanced by applying clear acrylic paint to simulate the artist's original brushstrokes.
Whether they're painting flowers, monarch butterflies, or reproductions of famous Van Gogh paintings, the students at Teresa Fernández's art school learn classic techniques while letting their own unique perspectives shine. As a former university-level art-history teacher and longtime mixed-media artist, Teresa has worked with many students over her career. Today, she helps kids, teens, and adults realize their artistic potential in drawing and painting classes in which they learn to depict light, shadow, and texture.
Tote up to five other people and your most elusive poses to the studio, and Ayer Eternal's passionate, knowledgeable shutterbug, Luis C. Rodriguez, will capture them in a careful one-hour chase. Rodriguez's extensive experience includes but is not limited to shooting a cover for Latinitas magazine, being a featured artist on fashions.org, and photographing the Miss Texas Latina beauty pageant. He will use imaginative techniques and a lifetime partnership with light to confine your memories from the most winsome angles. After the shoot, Rodriguez will prepare your chosen photos backstage with digital proofing before printing them with fine inks on fine papers. The prints leave walls and wallets with a fresh yield of bright, crisp sentimental currency that's bound to last longer than regular currency—all Ayer Eternal's prints are guaranteed for life. Visit Ayer Eternal's website to browse Rodriguez's portfolio.
The purveyors of fashion at The Label Exchange outfit patrons in next-to-new designer garb, rare vintage finds, and recycled accessories. The boutique's neat racks of gently inhabited apparel change regularly, but recent offerings have ranged from Hollister jeans ($16) to tops from Express ($12) and blazers from The Limited ($18). Shoppers in search of accessories to set off their eyes and any nearby metal detectors can flaunt a vintage flower pendant necklace ($12) in gold and purple. Leather accoutrements have recently included Broadway-strutting heels from Nine West ($25) and an orange-and-green braided belt from Donna Katz ($12).