Golf Digest and Golf Magazine have ranked several golf courses in Albuquerque, New Mexico 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 and parkland to mountain courses and Topgolf, Albuquerque offers 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 and golf resorts, 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 brand new to the sport.
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 Destinations arrange 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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