Nestled within the posh confines of the Hilton Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder, Wo’ P’in Spa is a veritable relaxation abode where even mosquitoes and Dracula can take a break from blood sucking. Amid 16,000 square feet of luxury, visitors can enjoy a wide range of spa services, including massages, mani-pedis, facials, and marshmallow skin marinades. Utilizing traditional techniques, Wo’ P’in Spa purifies the body and spirit with a focus on water, steam, and heat. Opt for a detoxifying and replenishing 50-minute facial ($130), a 25-minute herbal wrap ($70), or a classic 45-minute manicure ($45) and 55-minute pedicure ($65).
Long bluegrass fairways give way to large seaside bent greens at Chamisa Hills Golf and Country Club. The semiprivate golf and country club in Rio Rancho originally consisted of an east and west nine, designed by Gene Sarazen and Desmond Muirhead in 1969. Dotted with an abundance of ponds, the classic-style 18-hole course thrived until 1988, when the original Sarazen-Muirhead layout underwent a modernizing expansion. Legendary golfer Lee Trevino came on the scene to design a third set of nine holes, along with an eco-friendly recharging station for turbine-powered caddies. Trevino's north nine compliments the east- and west-nine layouts, while also slightly favoring the kind of precise shot-making that's characteristic of the PGA legend's audacious playing style. Today's members and guests play 27 championship-level holes strewn with imposing deciduous trees known to make players readjust their strategies.
The newly remodeled clubhouse, backdropped by the same sweeping Sandia Mountain–views of the course, greets members with a host of amenities for before and after play and for special events. The facility houses expansive banquet rooms ideal for weddings along with a dance-ready ballroom and an adjoining outdoor covered patio. For summertime recreation, families and golfing buddies can perfect synchronized-swimming routines in the outdoor pool before toweling off to enjoy a poolside meal beneath the shade of a cabana.
Designed as an oasis of family fun, Putt-Putt Golf and Games entertains all ages with three 18-hole Putt-Putt Golf Courses, more than 50 arcade and prize-redemption games, and a snack bar packed with pizza and soda. On the outdoor courses, kids putt past giant tortoises and colorful mushrooms as adults hone their short games. Additionally, a game room rings with the bells and whistles of Key Master, Harpoon Lagoon, Dizzy Chicken, Terminator, Skee-Ball, and more, and a snack bar filled with treats makes the center a memorable birthday-party location or presidential-inauguration site.
The Sandia Mountains’ sandstone peaks fade into the horizon beyond the fairways at Tanoan Country Club, framing a 27-hole course designed by former PGA Tour player Bruce Devlin and Robert von Hagge. The course is split into three nine-hole layouts that can be played interchangeably, each with undulating, Bermuda grass fairways and slick, bent grass greens. Elevated tees feature views of downtown Albuquerque. Before teeing it up on the course, warm up at the Club’s practice facilities, which include a driving range and chipping and putting green.
Nestled alongside its scenic links, Tanoan Country Club offers several recreational and relaxing amenities. Work up a sweat on one of the tennis club’s 14 courts (eight lighted). Guests enjoy a cool respite from the summer swelter at the Junior Olympic-size swimming pool or inside the clubhouse, where they can eat gourmet fare in a formal dining room or enjoy lighter eats in a casual café.
Mike Fitzpatrick looks at a golf club the same way a sculptor eyes a slab of marble. A Golf Clubmaker Association Master Clubmaker, Mike's expertise has earned him multiple accolades, including being named GCA’s New Mexico Clubmaker of the Year four times and a GCA Top Ten Clubmaker World Wide twice, a distinction he won by molding his right leg into a serviceable 3-iron. From the comfort of his indoor studio, Mike helps golfers find their ideal club counterpart with swing-analysis services, and he also adjusts and repairs clubs to suit specifications. Fore Score Golf also offers a selection of quality clubs that allows golfers to enjoy the links without having to sell their vintage 500-horsepower golf cart.
Players at Pendaries Golf Course forage for pars and birdies in mountainous highlands blanketed by ponderosa pines. The 18-hole course ranges in elevation between 7,500 feet and 8,000 feet, which not only makes for some dramatic mountain views, but might also net golfers a few extra yards on their drives thanks to thin mountain air and eagles who mistake golwf balls for dropped eggs. As players concentrate on navigating the hard dogleg turns and blind approaches into undulant greens, their attentions may also be pulled toward the horizon, where the white peaks of the Sange de Cristo range loom over the expansive Rociada Valley.
Though certainly the crown jewel of Pendaries Village, the course is only a part of the experience there. When they're not playing golf, players can stay at the course's lodging and explore a wide spectrum of diversions offered by the 5,000-acre village. Once a home to grist-mill businesses and horse breeding operations, the resort offers outdoorsy activities such as fishing, disc golf, and hiking to destinations such as Upper Maestas Canyon and Gascon Point, elevation 11,600 feet. The old grist mill, meanwhile, still stands, giving guests a glimpse into the state of technology in 1875, when log cabins were standard and cowboys had to cook their Hot Pockets over an open flame.