Ask Travelin Joe: Albuquerque and Gulf Shores, Alabama

If you want to ask Travelin' Joe a question, e-mail him at askjoe@golf.com. Dear Joe,My friends and I are taking our annual golf trip to Albuquerque and are overwhelmed by the number of great courses. We'll definitely play Paa-Ko Ridge, but can you recommend other "must-play" courses in the area? Warren DornCincinnati, OhioYou should certainly do battle with Twin Warriors ($89-$145; 505-771-6155, mynewmexicogolf.com), a muscular Gary Panks design. Beyond that, base your decision on convenience. If you're pretty good golfers who don't mind a healthy drive, then tackle the ravines and wild greens at Black Mesa ($62-$87; 505-747-8946, blackmesagolfclub.com). If you're leery of the drive -- or the challenge -- Sandia Golf Club ($36-$85; 505-798-3990, sandiagolf.com) is scenic, fun and a lot closer.

Hi Joe, A group of us are going to Gulf Shores, Alabama, for a week. We're planning on playing Kiva Dunes and Peninsula, but what other courses should we add to our list?Doug Rogersvia e-mailI'd probably slip over to Kiva Dunes for a second round and then supplement Peninsula with a visit to Craft Farms Resort's Cotton Creek track ($69-$89; 251-968-7500, craftfarms.com), a watery Arnold Palmer design that features gentle mounding and is older and longer than its sibling, Cypress Bend. You should also try to check out Rock Creek Golf Club in Fairhope ($55-$79; 251-928-4223, rockcreekgolf.com). It's an underrated track that startles with elevation change, notably at the par-4 second, which features a 70-foot drop from tee to fairway.

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