Black Mesa Golf Club
|Gold (W)||72||5162 yards||71.2||125|
|Black M: 73.2/137||385||404||603||203||496||565||356||238||440||3690||457||172||403||591||389||216||536||424||429||3617||7307|
|Blue M: 70.3/133||339||373||584||174||456||530||319||209||408||3392||416||155||377||537||340||195||494||407||406||3327||6719|
|White M: 68.0/125||311||343||574||162||444||497||287||186||349||3153||401||136||359||512||305||186||480||366||379||3124||6277|
|Green M: 66.4/123 W: 71.4/136||287||340||549||149||438||464||257||155||311||2950||394||97||347||500||297||174||433||336||361||2939||5889|
|Gold W: 67.5/127||238||278||495||93||390||436||242||126||268||2566||312||102||269||485||274||152||366||327||309||2596||5162|
Great deal for the price
I read the other reviews of this course and so was somewhat hesitant to play here. It ended up being conveniently located and when I was told the price, $54, I figured it was worth it. And it definitely was. I showed up on a Thursday morning with no tee time and teed off shortly thereafter. The greens were very good and the fairways solid. New Mexico is in a drought so the rough was dry and hard. Is this course in perfect shape, definitely not, but it is in great shape for $54. My only complaint (besides my average golf game that day) is that there are many blind shots, especially from the tees, so playing it once would be super helpful. I played as a single and finished the front 9 in about 90 minutes. I caught some groups at 15 but still finished in just under 4 hours. I would recommend this course to those wanting a challenging experience in and around Santa Fe.
Hooray - Black Mesa is coming back to life!
I have been a great fan of Black Mesa for years, and believe it is a very special course in one of the most dramatic settings anywhere. Because it is such a unique venue, I have tried in recent years to "support" and play the course in spite of steadily deteriorating conditions. Unfortunately, by the end of last summer it had degraded to such a state it was essentially unplayable...
I recently heard some encouraging comments about the new leadership at the course, and reinvestment in the facility and intensified maintenance. So yesterday I went out again to see for myself.
While there is more work to be done (for example, the majority of the 70+ bunkers are being grassed over...and this is still in progress), the turnaround in conditions is remarkable. Tees and greens (firm and fast!) are in very good shape, and the fairways mostly good to very good. A lot of clearing of scrub has been done around several greens making them more fair/playable; the natural cart paths have been improved with gravel; rope/post markers have been installed along the more tricky cart path slopes; the carts have been improved and have on-cart ball and club washers, and the driving range actually has grass growing.
Overall, Black Mesa is in as good or better shape than several other courses in the area - and I enjoyed my round very much. I also spent time with both the course director and pro discussing their future plans, and I am convinced the leadership - and ownership - are genuinely committed to returning Black Mesa to a "top tier" status.
I encourage all of us who know how special Black Mesa was in the past...to come out and play and help the new team keep up the momentum. Be aware that it is still a work in progress (even more challenging given the extreme drought conditions in New Mexico this summer)...but already at a stage that it is very enjoyable and playable. And for visitors to northern New Mexico, don't expect conditions you see in Florida or other places not in a high altitude desert...but this is a unique, and highly rewarding (but challenging) golf experience.
Black Mesa. NM
Wow. Great layout for experienced golfer however 6 greens in need of serious repair. Fairways long & thick. Distance markers impossible to locate... AND NO DRINKABLE WATER ON COURSE!! Sad to see unique course in this condition. $51 too steep for condition of course. Did I mention new golf carts!
Golf in the Wild West
I love the challenge of this course. And the views are great. I try to play here a few times per year. Last visit was disappointing. We brought guests that had never played there before. We played early to beat the slower high handicappers. However the pro shop allowed a sixsome to tee off in front of us. They held us up on every hole while they looked for balls in the desert. They refused to let us thru and were very rude when we asked. I called the pro shop to get some help with this issue. There was no one available to ride out to manage this issue. It ruined our day at Black Mesa. I'm not sure I will go back to play there, There are many good choices for vacationers to play in the Santa Fe area.
Don't be scared away by concerns about course conditions.
Just got back from a golf trip to New Mexico. Going in I was concerned about playing Black Mesa given it's location, 30 min north of Sante Fe and reports of poor conditions due to irrigation issues a few years back. Yes, some of the fairways, greens and bunkers still need some TLC, but it is all pretty much cosmetic and does not negatively impact the experience. These issues are the only reason I did not give it 5 stars. With continued improvements this will be a 5 star course again. It would be a sin to let these concerns prevent you from playing this course if you are in the area. The terrain, mountain views and layout are truly amazing and should not be missed. It is well worth the drive and definitely worth the money to play.
I played as a single summer before last on a side-trip whim from Santa Fe. What a fun and challenging course with spectacular scenery. Cart paths were a bit sketchy due to heavy rains the previous week, but fairways and greens in good shape. A load of fun!
This place is BAD!!!!! It is frequently in poor shape and not maintained very often. it is being managed by the teaching pro who doesn't even have experience . They always have water problems and their pipes break without being fixed. Hardly any tournaments are here and it is closed at beginning of the week because of the poor condition of course. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else where they take care of their course.
Won't Forget This One Soon
Watch for the big stone sign on the left side of the road after you get on NM399 because it's not marked all that well. And, yes, the dirt road is the right one. Now for the fun part. The cart folks, pro shop folks and starter were all very friendly to start the day. My starter, Nick, offered some tips about the course that were good to know. The layout was extremely scenic and fairly challenging. A nice mix of grip-and-rip and shot-golf depending on the hole. You need to play smart on a number of holes and not just hit the longest club you can. Sometimes that 150-yd approach is better than at 90.
great views, good layout, poor conditioning
The good- great views from the tee boxes. Good, challenging layout. Friendly staff. t The bad- poor conditioning. Lots of weeds in the fairway. Fairways were hairy and rough. Same for the tee boxes. No sand in the bunkerss. Overall, co ditioning was what you see these days on military courses. But rates are twice as high. Has the potential to be a great course to play but needs lots of care which it isn't currently getting.
A could be gem that is still in the rough
The course layout is pretty darn good with some spectacular holes however it is in really rough condition. If and when the new super/greens keeper gets the conditions under control it will be a fun place to play some challenging holes with plenty of elevation changes. The grill/snack bar is still closed with no indication of when it might open although the was indication if construction going on. I'd give it a couple of years before playing... Also it was almost impossible to contact the club by phone.