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Roswell, N.M. isn't exactly famous for golf, but if you happen to be passing through or visiting the International UFO Museum and Research Center, check out Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River. With smooth, fast greens and challenging holes, it's both a bargain and fun to play.
Pinon Hills Golf Course has legendary status, often ranked among the top five municipal courses in the country. Sure, it's close to $40 for outsiders to play, but that's still a bargain, and locals can play it on the cheap, especially seniors.
Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, N.M. -- located in the High Plains near the New Mexico-Texas border -- opened as one of the finest municipal golf courses in the U.S., certainly among cities of less than 50,000 people.
The Albuquerque area is is one of the few places in the U.S. where you can play golf and ski in the same day. Golf Digest and Golf Magazine have ranked several of Albuquerque's public courses among the best in the country. From desert links to parkland to mountain courses, the area offers a diverse selection of golf experiences.
If you like the outdoors, you couldn't pick a better destination than northern New Mexico with its distinct four seasons. In the spring, mild summers and fall, you can go fly fishing, hiking, canoeing or play golf in and around the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains, just north of the capital city of Santa Fe.
Do your best to avoid the desert wildlife and Sonoma Ranch Golf Club stays pretty simple: Straightforward holes, featuring lush, green fairways with a nice mix of challenging holes and opportunities to score. The backdrop of the Organ Mountains provides an exotic flavor. You can easily spend twice as much on daily-fee, desert golf in Arizona, but this New Mexico layout offers many of the same attractions, Mike Bailey writes.
New Mexico Golf Courses