Golf Digest and Golf Magazine have ranked several Albuquerque, New Mexico golf courses among the best in the country. Our forested mountains, lush river valleys and high desert plains combine to make central New Mexico a dream come true for golf course designers. From desert links to parkland to mountain courses, we offer arguably the most diverse golf experience available in one area. The destination’s high desert setting provides mile-high elevation, varied landscape, sunny days, low humidity and an endless blue sky for a perfect Albuquerque golf vacation. If you haven’t played golf in the Albuquerque area, you have been missing out on one of the sport’s best-kept secrets. At our New Mexico golf courses, you'll play with rocky mountain peaks, slumbering volcanoes and the meandering Rio Grande as stunning backdrops. The area’s unique scenery combines with affordability to provide unbeatable cost-to-quality value, whether you’re a semi-pro or in dire need of golf lessons.
Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club was one of only 17 courses in America to be awarded a five-star rating by readers of Golf Digest (April 2006). This dramatic course was also voted No. 4 on "America's 100 Best Courses for $100 or Less" by Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine. Paa-Ko Ridge sits on the eastern side of the Sandia Mountains at elevations ranging from 6,500 to 7,000 feet. The club takes its name from nearby ruins which date from the 14th century.
Next to the Hyatt Tamaya Resort and Spa on Santa Ana Pueblo, Twin Warriors Golf Club was also ranked in the top 50 U.S. courses by Golf Digest (May 2005). Twin Warriors offers a unique high-desert golfing experience to players of all skill levels. This classic New Mexico state golf course is carefully routed in and around ancient cultural sites, and provides a stunning view of the Sandia Mountains.
Also located on Santa Ana Pueblo, the 27-hole Santa Ana Golf Club was called "one of America's three best true links-style golf courses" by The New York Times. This course features native grasses, subtle mounding and eight crystal- clear lakes in a peaceful setting along the Rio Grande, with majestic views in every direction.
Sandia Golf Club, which opened in June 2005, lies on the northern edge of Albuquerque across the road from pastures occupied by a herd of bison. Sandia is a world-class golf experience offering a visually stunning and strategic 18-hole golf course that was listed as one of the "Top 10 New Courses You Can Play" by Golf Magazine (December 2005). In addition, its pro shop has already earned the distinction as one of America's "100 Best Golf Shops" from Golf World Business.
Just south of Albuquerque, the Isleta Eagle Golf Course is set between the cottonwood-lined Rio Grande and the foot of a dormant volcano. The three nine-hole tracts incorporate the distinct high-desert topography of the area. Nearby is the Championship Golf Course at the University of New Mexico, an 18-hole course that has been ranked among the top 25 public courses by Golf Digest and offers a contrasting view of the Rio Grande Valley and downtown Albuquerque.
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New Mexico has a glorious year-round climate that lends itself perfectly to playing golf. Weather is a key variable for a golf vacation, and Albuquerque has some of the most reliable weather conditions in the country, with 310 days of sunshine and an average annual high temperature of 70 degrees. Our prime golf season is April to October, which is one of the longest playing seasons among major golf destinations.
Differences in course elevation can affect temperatures and weather conditions, sometimes significantly. Summer highs in Albuquerque, at 5,500 feet in elevation, average near 90 degrees, with very low humidity and cool mornings that start out near 62 degrees. Mountain courses, including Paa-Ko Ridge on the east side of the Sandia Mountains, have a slightly cooler average high temperature of 84 degrees in June, July and August; mornings start out around 50 degrees.
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If you are craving an all-golf vacation, a great option is a customized golf tour. Local organizations Golf on the Santa Fe Trail, Golf New Mexico and New Mexico Golf Destinationsarrange custom golf packages featuring world-class golf courses nestled along a 100-mile stretch of the Rio Grande Valley. Plus, many hotels offer stay and play packages. Many local companies offer online tee time booking as well as special arrangements for group outings. You can book Albuquerque golf lessons with local experts as well if your game needs some work.
The shoulder months are often outstanding as well, but can be less predictable. Still, with an average winter high near 50 degrees and frequent sunny blue skies, golfers are out on the courses almost every day during the winter off-season. Plus, in Albuquerque you can golf and ski all in the same day. Head up to Sandia Peak Ski Area for a morning of skiing or snowboarding and then spend the afternoon golfing.
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Unique scenery combines with affordability to provide unbeatable cost-to-quality value. Not only is the golf affordable, but Albuquerque is an inexpensive vacation destination overall.
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