Nestled in warm southern New Mexico, Las Cruces is home to exciting championship-style golf at amateur prices, adding yet one more way to enjoy our 325 days of sunshine a year.
Local courses take advantage of many desert characteristics, forcing golfers to steer clear of tricky desert brush and unforgiving desert rough. At almost 4,000 feet above sea level, golf balls travel farther, sometimes bringing into play unexpected obstacles that can require some creative shot making.
Sonoma Ranch Golf Course is one of southern New Mexico’s finest public golf courses. The 18-hole, par-72 layout challenges golfers with fairways and greens that blend seamlessly with the natural desert landscape, and the rugged peaks of the Organ Mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop to the course. Sonoma Ranch includes a full service restaurant and practice facility. The course was also nominated for “Best New Course” in 2000 by Golf Digest.
Las Cruces’ longest course is the New Mexico State University Golf Course. Measuring in at more than 7,000 yards (from the blue tees) this 18-hole course takes golfers on a scenic journey of challenging greens and fairways, framed by roughs of native desert landscape. As the only university in New Mexico and one of the few in the nation to offer the Professional Golf Management program (PGM), NMSU is also one of the most challenging public courses in the state. Views of the Organ Mountains and plush Mesilla Valley cap off every round. In addition to practice facilities, there is a pro shop, snack bar and traveling beverage cart. The course is also home to the NMSU Aggie men’s & women’s golf teams, and has hosted three NCAA Championships as well as numerous high school and regional championships.
Red Hawk Golf Course is the newest addition to Las Cruces’ golfing community. This an 18-hole Ken Dye course is located on the city’s east mesa, and is a links-style course featuring rolling and generous greens with a
challenging yet spacious design. It features five sets of tees with yardage ranging from 5,502 to 7,523. Hazards include five lakes (with water coming into play on eight holes) and 76 bunkers. The course can be accessed through SkyCaddie. Current course amenities include a golf shop and lounge, snack bar, on-site catering and will soon incorporate a full-service restaurant. Practice facilities include Las Cruces’ only double-sided driving range, as well as areas for chipping and putting.
Picacho Hills Country Club is the only private membership course in the city and offers reciprocal agreements with other clubs. The 18-hole, par-72 layout was built in 1978 and features bent-grass tees and greens, and bluegrass fairways. The desert-style course is located on the city’s west side, only minutes from downtown Las Cruces. The private club also has practice facilities, tennis courts, a swimming pool and full-service clubhouse with restaurant.
In addition to the fine courses Las Cruces has to offer, there are several courses located only a short distance away. Dos Lagos Golf Course, Santa Teresa Country Club & Golf Course and Anthony Country Club Golf Course are all about 30 minutes south of Las Cruces.
Desert Lakes Golf Course is a public course in Alamogordo, N.M., about an hour east of Las Cruces. And about 30 minutes east of Alamogordo is the Lodge at Cloudcroft Golf Course in Cloudcroft, N.M. This nine-hole public mountain course is only open April through November.
New Mexico State University Golf Course
3000 Herb Wimberly Dr.
Picacho Hills Country Club (private)
6861 Via Campestre in Picacho Hills,
575- 523-8641. www.picachohills.com
Red Hawk Golf Course
3601 Arroyo Rd.
Sonoma Ranch Golf Course
1274 Golf Club Rd.