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Top 5 Golf Courses in Albuquerque

Top 5 Golf Courses in Albuquerque



There have been a number of golf courses in Albuquerque, New Mexico mentioned some of the best in the nation by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest. With lush river valleys, forested mountains and the high desert plains have made central New Mexico a great spot for golf enthusiasts, including course designers. Our area provides some of the most diverse courses around from the mountain, desert or parkland courses.

Experience a mile-high elevation from the high desert plains, providing plenty of low humidity, sunny days and beautiful landscape, paired with blue sky’s that will make any golf vacation in Albuquerque the perfect getaway.

If you’ve never went golfing around Albuquerque, then you’ve been missing out on some of the best kept secret spots in the golfing world. When playing on our golf courses, you will be surrounded by the meandering Rio Grande, slumbering volcanoes and mountain peaks as backdrops. When combining the unique environment with the unbeatable quality to cost value, you will enjoy your trip whether you’re a first-time golfer in need of lessons, or a semi-pro player.

Highlights of Golf Courses in Albuquerque

Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club

One of just 17 American golf courses to be ranked as a 5-star course, Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club is a hot spot. The course is dramatic, being ranked 4th by Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine on the “America’s 100 Best Courses for $100 or Less”. Additionally, it is located at 6,500 to 7,000 feet elevation in the Sandia Mountains eastern ridge. Meanwhile, the name originated from the ruins nearby, dating back to the 14th century.

“4th Best Course in America for $100 or Less” – Golf Magazine

Santa Ana Golf Club

The Santa Ana Golf Club features 27 holes, located on Santa Ana Pueblo, was ranked by The New York Times as “One of the Top Three true links-style golf courses”. On this course you will find subtle mounding, native grass, and eight clear lakes beside the Rio Grande, giving golfers a peaceful and majestic view.

“In the top three links-style golf courses” – New York Times

Twin Warriors Golf Club

Located on the Santa Ana Pueblo by the Hyatt Tamaya Resort and Spa, the Twin Warriors Golf Club was ranked by Golf Digest among the Top 50 U.S. Golf Courses. At Twin Warriors, features include high-desert golfing, great for all skill levels. This classic course is located near ancient cultural areas, providing a great view of the Sandia Mountains.

“Ranked in Top 50 U.S. Golf Courses” – Golf Digest

Sandia Golf Club

In 2005, the Sandia Golf Club was opened on the northern part of Albuquerque, across from bison herds in pastures. A world class visual experience is featured along with an 18-hole course, Golf Magazine ranked it in the “Top 10 New Courses” list. Additionally, Golf World Business deemed the pro shop among the “Best 100 Golf Shops” in America.

“Ranked in Top 10 New Courses” – Golf Magazine

Isleta Eagle Golf Course

The Isleta Eagle Golf Course is located just south of Albuquerque, between the dormant volcano and Rio Grande. There are three 9-hole tracts designed within the high-desert topography. Also, the Championship Golf Course is nearby featuring an 18-hole course at the University of New Mexico. Golf Digest ranked it among the “Top 25 public golf courses, providing a great view of downtown Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Valley.

“Ranked in Top 25 public golf courses” – Golf Digest

Amazing Weather

There are your round climates that make New Mexico a glorious location that’s perfect for golf. The weather is a major factor to be a golfing hot spot, providing some of the best weather conditions for golfing in the United States. Out of the year, there’s an average of 310 sunny days, with a high temperature around 70 degrees. The prime period for golfing is April to October, among the longest seasons for any major golfing destination.

The weather conditions and temperatures are affected by the elevation differences. At 5,500 feet, Albuquerque has summer highs in the 90s, but cool mornings and low humidity in the lower 60s. Meanwhile, mountain courses such as Paa-Ko Ridge located on the eastern part of Sandia Mountains offer a little cooler average in the mid-80s, between June and August, its tarts out around 50 degrees in the morning.

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Custom Golf Packages in Albuquerque

When you desire a golfing vacation, choosing a custom golf tour is a great choice. There are several options for choosing a custom package, including New Mexico Golf Destinations, Golf New Mexico, and Golf on the Santa Fe Trail, all feature world-class courses along the Rio Grande Valley. Additionally, numerous hotels provide Stay and Play packages. You can book your tee time online at many of the local companies, or make special arrangements. Need practice? Book golfing lessons in Albuquerque with local experts.

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Ski and Golf

Shouldering months are less predictable, but can also provide great weather. The average high during winter is 50 degrees, with sunny blue skies being common. In the winter, you can still find golfers outside enjoying themselves nearly every day during off-season. Additionally, you’re able to golf and ski in a single day in Albuquerque. Simply visit Sandia Peak Ski Area to take morning snowboarding or skiing while spending your afternoon golfing.

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In addition to having unique scenery, New Mexico golf course offer affordable golfing with quality to cost value that cannot be beat. In addition to golf being affordable, Albuquerque makes a great inexpensive vacation spot.

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