The 10’x10’ course simulator screens at Randy’s Indoor Golf vividly replicate the bucolic, short-grass corridors of famous courses from the comfort of an indoor, 18-hole golf studio. The fairway facsimiles allow golfers to strike real golf balls off of custom, divot-action golf mats that emulate clubs’ response on real grass without offending Mother Earth's curvaceous topography. Each simulated course is vibrantly brought to life using 3-D graphics, whisking club-toting clientele to courses modeled after 22 famous links such as Torrey Pines and Bethpage Black. Throughout each round, players also benefit from swing-analysis feedback on each shot, allowing them to savor the precise yardage of an extra-long drive or enlist concrete data during motivational speeches delivered to underperforming 6-irons. Before each round, players can also adjust the virtual weather to match their stormy temperament, reflect their sunny disposition, or satisfy their fixation with golf ball-size hail. In addition to golf, Randy's offers other virtual sports, including bowling, baseball, and hang gliding.
Class A PGA teaching professional Bill Barclay and his wife of more than two decades, Hazel, travel the country with two goals in mind. Like many avid golfing couples, they seek out the great courses at their destinations and have played notable loops from Myrtle Beach to Oahu. Bill conducts golf lessons that aim to help players with all aspects of their game. He also contributes 15% of his profits to kids in need through The First Tee children’s golf charity and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
When he isn't giving golf lessons, Bill and his wife pair samples the local cuisine, whether it's barbecue in Kansas City or fresh salmon in Alaska. They create and sell USDA-certified organic rubs and spices through The Golfers Gourmet to share the flavors of their travels without deep-frying their old divots.
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.
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.
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
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).