Traversing Vista Hills Country Club's 18-hole golf course puts you in contact with an array of geographical features. Grisly dessert conditions characterize much of the course, which hangs in the shadows of El Paso's neighboring mountains. The appearance of multiple water hazards, however, belies that generalization, adding another dimension of scenery and on-course challenges. Sculpted into the West Texas countryside by prolific course designer Robert Von Hagge, the layout plays to an imposing 7,051 yards from the tips, with five tee options to make it surmountable for golfers of all abilities.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 7,051 yards from the tips * Course rating of 72.4 from the tips * Slope rating of 131 from the tips * Scorecard
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.
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The professionals at Honors Golf Academy take into account the fact that players gravitate to the greens for different reasons, and so they cater to both the casual swinger and the scratch golfer during private and group lessons. Drawing on more than a decade of experience with teaching golf, the academy’s certified instructor—who has a handicap of zero himself—employs video analysis to break down the elements of students’ swings. Lessons can focus on anything from driving form to putting endgame, and take place in the academy’s enclosed hitting area or out on the fairways, where students tackle a nine-hole course under the guidance of their mentor. Honors Golf Academy also pairs clients with custom Acer and Power Play clubs, ensuring that each new acquisition is the right fit.
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
Framed by the rising peaks of distant mountain ranges, Red Hawk Golf Club's challenging, Ken Dye?designed course unfurls across 200 acres of immaculate turf and brambly native grasses. The course measures a daunting 7,523 yards from the farthest tees, and its open layout, undulating greens, and pot bunkers full of fossilized bagpipes channel the quaint charms of links-style Scottish courses. Five rippling ponds come into play on eight holes, and clubbers may need to adjust their yardage expectations to compensate for the layout's 4,300-foot elevation. An expansive driving range helps linksmen clear the cobwebs from sleepy swings, and PGA-certified instructors foster lower scores and higher fives with lessons, clinics, and other developmental programs.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Yardage ranging from 5,502 to 7,523 * Five tee options * Hole-by-hole layout