Great Golf Awaits in New Mexico

Sandia Golf Club in New Mexico
Sandia Golf Club. Book a Stay & Play Deal at the Sandia Resort and Casino.

The waning days of September mark a sweet-spot time for playing golf in New Mexico — when daytime temperatures are cooling the great outdoors, fall monsoons are nourishing high desert courses, and enticing events are luring visitors. For Coloradans looking to hold off winter a bit longer, it’s an ideal time for a road trip to America’s Land of Enchantment.

Santa Fe and Albuquerque are long-favored golf escapes. Via I-25, the historic cities are 5.5 and 6.5 hours south of Denver, respectively, which translates to quick and easy access to myriad recreational and cultural pleasures.

Towa Golf Club, New Mexico
Towa Golf Club

In Santa Fe, golfers are bee-lining to Black Mesa Golf Club, a Baxter Spann-designed public course ranked by Golf Digest among the state’s best. Also worth playing is 27-hole Towa Golf Club, a Hale Irwin/William Phillips creation that anchors Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. And if you have special connections, reserve a tee time at ultra-exclusive The Club at Las Campanas, which offers 36 holes of sensational Jack Nicklaus Signature golf.

New Mexico Harvest Festival
El Rancho de los Golondrinas Harvest Festival

Golf in Albuquerque is a glorious affair on the strength of three highly rated properties: top-ranked Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club, a 27-hole Ken Dye masterpiece carved from the eastern foothills of the Sandia Mountains; Twin Warriors Golf Club, the impressive Gary Panks routing made even more memorable with overnights at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa; and multiple CAGGY award winner (Best Golf Experience—New Mexico) Sandia Golf Club, a Scott Miller design that has become a keynote amenity of Sandia Resort & Casino.

New Mexico Fall Hot Air Balloon festival
The always popular International Balloon Festival

More Photos from New Mexico:

Paa Ko Ridge Golf Course New Mexico
Paa Ko Ridge


Twin Warriors, Fall New Mexico golf
Twin Warriors


16th Hole of Black Mesa, Santa Fe
Black Mesa


El Flamenco de Sante Fe
El Flamenco de Sante Fe


Santa Fe Buddy Golf Trip

2016 CAGGY Travel Winners

New Mexico Spring Breakaway

Chris Duthie is a Durango-based contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer. Colorado AvidGolfer is the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it, publishing eight issues annually and proudly delivering daily content via