Hinkle Family Fun Center houses a multitude of yawn-busting attractions, from the whimsical Bumper Boats and Miniature Golf courses to a 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. Waterfalls douse bumper boats, paintballs explode in bursts of neon aqua across a 13,500-square-foot arena, 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 chest packs found throughout the 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.
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).
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.
Dos Lagos Golf Course or, "The Dos" to regulars, has provided year-round golfing for more than 50 years. Sidled next to the Franklin Mountains between Las Cruces and El Paso, the venerable 18-hole course?under new management?both challenges visitors and spoils them with its magnificent views. Instead of replacing their 9-irons with katanas, players can sharpen their games more efficiently at Dos Lagos' driving range, putting green, and chipping area. They can also pick up tips from the course's pair of resident PGA professionals, and re-energize at the full-service restaurant serving burgers and Mexican food.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 71 course * Course length of 6,335 total yards * Course rating of 69.9 from the back tees * Course slope of 119 from the back tees * Three tees per hole * Click here to view the scorecard