New Mexico

New Mexico is the fifth largest US state and shares its southern border with its namesake, Mexico. With a strong Native American influence and the more recent relationship with Hispania, New Mexico fits the Tourism Department’s slogan “Land of Enchantment” to a tee.

That brings us nicely on to the golf, which is administered by the Sun County Amateur Golf Association and this organisation handles the growth and development of the game of golf for more than 18,000 golfers throughout the New Mexico and West Texas region.

With more than 100 golf courses across the state of New Mexico, there is a fair amount of choice for the visiting golfer because the vast majority of golf courses in the Land of Enchantment are open for daily fee paying golfers. At the top of the rankings is the 27-hole facility at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club which can be played for around fifty bucks at certain times of the year.

Our New Mexico Best In State Rankings were last updated in April 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - New Mexico

Paa-Ko Ridge (1st & 2nd)

1st New Mexico - Best in Area

Designed by the Finger Dye Spann firm of architects, Paa-Ko – meaning the root of the cottonwood tree in ancient Pueblo – is undoubtedly one of New Mexico’s finest golf courses...

Read More >>

Av. Reviewers Score:
Description: Designed by the Finger Dye Spann firm of architects, Paa-Ko – meaning the root of the cottonwood tree in ancient Pueblo – is undoubtedly one of New Mexico’s finest golf courses... Rating: 4 out of 6

Las Campanas (Sunset)

2nd New Mexico - Best in Area

The younger and shorter of the two 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf courses at The Club at Las Campanas, the Sunset layout is unusual for a modern design in that the fairways are laid out in an out and back fashion...

Read More >>

Av. Reviewers Score:

Black Mesa

3rd New Mexico - Best in Area

Laid out on the moonscape of Santa Clara Pueblo, Black Mesa opened in 2003 to plenty of favourable critical acclaim...

Read More >>

Av. Reviewers Score:
Description: Laid out on the moonscape of Santa Clara Pueblo, Black Mesa opened in 2003 to plenty of favourable critical acclaim... Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Las Campanas (Sunrise)

4th New Mexico - Best in Area

The Sunrise course is the longer of the two 18-hole Jack Nicklaus layouts at The Club at Las Campanas where the fairways are configured in two loops of nine and routed around residential units.

Read More >>

Av. Reviewers Score:

Pinon Hills

5th New Mexico - Best in Area

A municipal golf course operated by the small rural town of Farmington in the northwest corner of New Mexico, Pinon Hills is a Ken Dye layout that was built for less than three million dollars back in 1989.

Read More >>

Av. Reviewers Score:
Description: A municipal golf course operated by the small rural town of Farmington in the northwest corner of New Mexico, Pinon Hills is a Ken Dye layout that was built for less than three million dollars back in 1989. Rating: 4 out of 6

Twin Warriors

6th New Mexico - Best in Area

Laid out amongst the arroyos and canyons of the Rio Grande Valley, the Gary Pranks-designed golf course at Twin Warriors is one of two 18-hole layouts operated by the Santa Ana Pueblo.

Rainmakers

7th New Mexico - Best in Area

Robert Trent Jones Jnr cleverly integrated arroyos, canyons and rock outcroppings into his design for an 18-hole course that sits in the middle of a substantial residential development at Rainmakers Golf Community.

University of New Mexico (Championship)

8th New Mexico - Best in Area

Situated close to Albuquerque’s international airport, the University of New Mexico’s Championship golf course sits on a hilly landscape which lends itself to the elevation changes that architect Red Lawrence envisaged for the layout.

Pueblo de Cochiti

9th New Mexico - Best in Area

Laid out in the foothills of the Jemez Mountains, the Pueblo de Cochiti golf course originated from the drawing board of Robert Trent Jones Jnr back in 1981. Locals like to describe the layout as “heaven with a zip code”.

Sierra del Rio

10th New Mexico - Best in Area

Located within the massive Turtleback Mountain Resort, the verdant fairways of the Sierra del Rio course wind their way across an open, high desert landscape.