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.
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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.
With the peaks of Turtleback Mountain lifting from the horizon just six miles away, the 18-hole Sierra Del Rio Golf Course traverses 7,331 yards of lush fairways buttressed by seven lakes. The course's immaculate greenery provides a stark, scenic contrast to the surrounding desert highland, and the high and dry air makes perfect conditions for adding distance to towering drives and height to 6-iron baton twirls. Brambly thickets loom on the edges of most fairways, threatening ill-struck orbs as players work through many high-risk, high-reward shots that earned the course the No. 9 spot on Golf Digest's most recent Best in State Rankings. On the 610-yard, par 5 10th hole, golfers must weigh the temptation to lay up or go for the green in two against the supreme difficulty of carrying 260 yards of grazing caddies and unforgiving water. A sprinkling of 89 bunkers further complicates pin-hunting expeditions, and seven tee options temper the course's relatively difficult nature.
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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.
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.