It’s another beautiful day in Albuquerque, and where is my husband today? On the golf course, of course. In Albuquerque you can golf year round and my husband sure does take advantage of it. Even though temperatures can be cool in the winter, we average 310 days of sunshine each year and that warms thing up enough to keep Albuquerque golfers going all winter long. There are other reasons to hit the links in the winter in Albuquerque.
Golf Digest and Golf Magazine both rate several of Albuquerque’s Public Golf Courses the best in the country, and that is a big deal. Golf courses in Albuquerque are diverse in their landscape, are well maintained and are very, very reasonable priced. Besides the municipal golf courses, the University of New Mexico has a long nine hole course right on campus, (with a history), and a fantastic Championship Golf Course south of the airport. Both are public courses. If you are in the military or are retired military there is a course on Kirtland AFB – Tierra Arroyo, but unless they pay you to play there you may want to choose a city course and pay a few bucks instead. Improvements are promised in 2011.
Just outside Albuquerque and well within a short driving distance you will find even more gem golf courses, including the resort courses Sandia, Santa Ana and Twin Warriors to the north, and on the other side of our mountain the utterly beautiful Paá Ko Ridge – one of the highest rated courses in the US. Just south of the UNM Championship Course by a few miles is another resort course, Isleta Eagle, located just across the road from Albuquerque’s new Hard Rock Cafe and Casino.
There are some other non-city owned public courses in the greater Albuquerque area, but I don’t know much about them. Desert Greens was formerly the Paradise Hills Country Club and is on the west side of town. In Rio Rancho, (New Mexico’s 2nd largest city and a suburb of ABQ), you will find Chamisa Hills Golf and Country Club, and adjacent to Kirtland AFB you will find Four Hills Country Club, which doesn’t advertise it is public, but if you call most days of the week they will give tee times to non members. The Albuquerque Country Club and Tanoan are both still totally private.
My husband has played them all, so if you want the real scoop from a seasoned Albuquerque golfer, give us a call and he can give you all the details, (in his honest opinion!) Just ask for the golfer in the house, but you had better call in the late afternoon or evening. Sometimes he’ll even hit the links with our golfing guests. At very least we will be happy to get your tee times for you.
You may create your own New Mexico golf package at Golf on the Santa Fe Trail…a selection of New Mexico’s best golf courses from north to south. Of course you will probably want to stay in Albuquerque or south of Albuquerque for golf in the winter months. While many of golf websites offer you lodging choices – please note that they won’t let you book at our relaxing and laid back Albuquerque Bed and Breakfast from their websites, so you should bookmark us here and come back to our website for the absolutely best place to stay and relax after a long day of golf. Our in-room jacuzzi tubs are waiting for you! So is the Finnish Sauna! I’ll be surprised if you can find any other lodging in the Albuquerque area that offers inn room jetted tubs for two AND a sauna right outside your door.
Golf New Mexico is another useful website for planning a golf tour here in New Mexico. And GolfNow will give you last minute special prices on our local courses. What are you waiting for? Get out of the nasty cold weather you are experiencing at home this winter and come golf the fantastic off season in New Mexico. If you travel to the same old winter golf destinations I guarantee you will spend too much and will fight for a decent tee time. If you are a senior you will pay only $17 per round on one of our four fine Albuquerque Municipal courses. That’s just to crazy to pass up!
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Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!