New Mexico's Best Public Courses

Thursday November 8th, 2007
The 403-yard, par-4 12th hole at Black Mesa
John and Jeannie Henebry

Not long ago New Mexico was better known for space aliens landing at Roswell and the birth of the atomic bomb than for golf. Nowadays, travelers come to the Land of Enchantment for cheap greens fees, not little green men. The Albuquerque/Santa Fe corridor may be no match for Phoenix/Scottsdale as a desert golf mecca, but it's a refreshing alternative, thanks to uncrowded championship courses at bargain prices.

Black Mesa Golf Club
La Mesilla
7,307 yards, par 72
Greens fee: $35-$82; 505-747-8946, blackmesagolfclub.com
Architect: Baxter Spann, 2003

Paa-ko Ridge Golf Club
Sandia Park
7,562 yards, par 72
Greens fee: $44-$99;
505-281-6000, paakoridge.com
Architect: Ken Dye, 2000

Twin Warriors Golf Club
Santa Ana Pueblo
7,736 yards, par 72
Greens fee: $80-$145;
505-771-6155, twinwarriorsgolf.com
Architect: Gary Panks, 2001

University of New Mexico (Championship Course)
Albuquerque
7,272 yards, par 72
Greens fee: $27-$67;
505-277-4546, unmgolf.com
Architect: Red Lawrence, 1966

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