Hinkle Family Fun Center houses a multitude of yawn-busting attractions, from the Bumper Cars and Miniature Golf courses to their all-new futuristic Lazer Tag arena and Virtual Reality pods. Under the direction of the Hinkles, the park has blossomed into a veritable utopia of thrills and amusements for all ages. Neon and LED lighting engulf bumper cars, paintballs explode in bursts of neon aqua across a 13,500-square-foot arena, with 44 PSP regulation-sized inflatable bunkers and hidden obstacles spell the end of all but the craftiest golf balls. Indoors, the Nickel City Game Room and Prize Center and Fun Center Game Room and Prize Center brim with more than 200 games and more than 1,000 prizes, and strobe lights illuminate LED chest packs found throughout the new ultimate laser-tag arena.
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
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.
Towa Golf Club harnesses the Pojoaque Valley's natural rock formations and elevation changes to create three distinctive nine-hole courses. Nowhere are the elevation changes more apparent than on the Boulder Nine's final par 3, in which the tee box sits 100 feet higher than the green and thousands of feet above any dinosaur bones buried beneath the green. The Boulder Nine is also distinguished by Towa's only island green. Each course's unique features are the result of a joint effort between landscape architect William Phillips and 20-time PGA Tour-winner Hale Irwin. In addition to the courses, the club features a practice facility with two putting and chipping greens and a driving range set up so that players never have to hit with the sun in their eyes.
The Jack Nicklaus Design 9-hole golf course at 12 Shores ebbs and flows over a diverse landscape of rolling hills, lake-front vistas, and strategically placed hazards that challenge golfers of all skill levels. Nestled on the coast of the Ute reservoir, the course layout lends itself to plenty of water features, which can be enjoyed to the fullest before or after rounds. Visitors to 12 Shores can explore the lake on wave runners, sailboats, pontoons, or kayaks and canoes. Anglers enjoy dropping a line in the fish-laden waters, and at night, groups often build bonfires and roast marshmallows under the stars or the canopy of a clingy UFO.
Nestled next to docile, rolling golf greens and the defiant crags of the Sierra Blanca mountain range, The Lodge at Sierra Blanca provides a luxurious getaway against a backdrop of natural beauty and rousing local attractions. The one-bedroom and studio king suites offer hotel-goers more than 500 square feet of space to stretch one’s feet, play hopscotch, and arrange travel-sized shampoos. In addition to standard amenities such as cable TV and free high-speed Internet, suites offer both living and sleeping areas, a king-sized bed, fully equipped kitchenette, in-room fireplace, two-person whirlpool tub, and a balcony or patio. Area visitors can browse local shops or spend the day golfing, skiing, or cruising the town and its myriad local attractions. When taste buds begin to whine and bicker, offer them relief at an upscale restaurant and take advantage of the complimentary breakfast in the hotel for both mornings of your stay.