Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a paradise for golfers. These top golf courses offer the best experience, from scenery to food and attractions.
With more than 300 sunny days a year and a temperate climate year-round, Albuquerque is a top destination for outdoor activities, especially golf. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned on the links, you can find a variety of exciting courses in the area. Hone your backswing against the majestic backdrop of the Sandia Mountains, or choose a course connected to a resort and spa to take advantage of luxurious massages that are perfect for melting away any kinks from the links.
If you have a free morning and the green is calling, there are plenty of answers in Albuquerque. Try out one of these top golf course destinations on your next visit to New Mexico’s largest city.
Twin Warriors Golf Club at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa
This world-class course is named after the two warriors who led the Santa Ana Pueblo Indians to settle in the Rio Grande area many centuries ago. The 18-hole, high desert championship course was designed with great care and sensitivity for its natural surroundings. In fact, you play around more than a dozen archeological sites on the course as well as the sacred Tuyuna butte. Be sure to look up every now and then to catch a few glimpses of the Rio Grande.
Golf Digest consistently ranks Twin Warriors among the best. It’s one of the few courses in the U.S. with a female Golf Director of Instruction, LPGA and PGA professional Sandy Lemon, who helms the club’s distinguished learning center. The adjoining Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa features museum-quality Native American art and boasts innovative dining options inspired by New Mexican traditions.
Santa Ana Golf Course
A complimentary shuttle is available to take you from Twin Warriors to Santa Ana Golf Club just down the road, where you can experience the nine-hole sister course, which only charges a single fee for an entire day spent at the facility. After golfing, head over to the Wind Dancer Bar and Grill to sample the homemade chile sauces based on family recipes, or sip spirits at the Prairie Star Restaurant and Wine Bar, rated the best close-distance restaurant by Albuquerque The Magazine in 2016
Sandia Golf Club
Sandia Golf Club is home to a championship par 72 course nestled in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. The 18-hole course sits adjacent to a field of grazing bison to complete the southwestern vibe. The 10,000-square-foot putting green is popular both with locals and visitors for fine-tuning their short game, and the $25 price is included in the greens fee if you decide to play after practice.
Sandia Golf Club adjoins the Sandia Resort and Casino and its Green Reed Spa, which makes it easy to enjoy some pampering after 18 holes. Alternatively, relax with a cocktail on the spacious patio overlooking the 18th green before enjoying a grilled flat iron steak with a side of truffle fries at Sandia Grille.
Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course
Situated in northeast Albuquerque’s Bear Canyon, this 27-hole course offers sprawling greens, gently curved fairways, three water-hole obstacles, and sand traps that challenge both intermediate and advanced players. The original 18-hole course got a nine-hole addition in 1987 for a total of 27 holes. Arroyo Del Oso is a municipal golf course with low greens fees, so expect a lot of golfers on weekends and holidays.
If your time is limited, the Ladera Municipal Golf Course offers an executive nine-hole course rated moderate to advanced with views of the volcano field at Petroglyph National Monument just two miles away.
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