Golfing encourages players to bond deeply with nature, sharing balls equitably with shrubs or sending them through windows to protest man-made structures. Rub elbows with the outdoors with today's Groupon: for $48, you get 18 holes of golf for two (a $36 value/person; $23 after 2 p.m.) and a rental cart (a $12 value/person) at Turtleback Mountain Resort in Elephant Butte (up to a $96 total value).
The verdant Sierra Del Rio course at Turtleback Mountain Resort welcomes swingers with challenging but friendly terrain. The site of the New Mexico Shootout, the championship 18-hole green invites ball chasers to putt in the shadow of LPGA veterans Nancy Lopez, Natalie Gulbis, and caddies wearing platform cleats. Players of all levels start at sculpted teeing grounds, winding paths around 89 unique bunkers and seven lakes across 7,300 yards of diverse play. Meticulous gardeners maintain the course year-round and athletes may quench thirst and ease hunger inside the pueblo style club house or outdoors on the patio amid sweeping views of rocky ridges and windswept mesas.
Sierra Del Rio Golf Course
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.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Distance of 7,331 yards from farthest tees
- Course rating of 74.6 from farthest tees
- Slope of 140 from farthest tees
- Seven tee options:m]]
101 Clubhouse Dr.
Elephant Butte, New Mexico 87935