Black Mesa Golf Club

3.7796941176 3.8 stars from 5 (58)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7307 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 73.9
  • Layout

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Year built: 2003
Architect(s): Baxter Spann (2003)
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bluegrass
Golf Season: Year round. Weather permitting.

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7307 yards 73.9 141
Blue 72 6719 yards 70.5 136
White 72 6277 yards 68.6 130
Green 72 5871 yards 66.9 125
Gold (W) 72 5162 yards 71.2 125

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 58 Reviews
5 stars:
12
4 stars:
21
3 stars:
10
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

41 out of 58 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a bucket list/top 100 pick   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens bunkers   Great for patio dining  

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"Black Mesa. NM"


u000004717550's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Golf in the Wild West"


Robstnr's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



rwf77042's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Don't be scared away by concerns about course conditions."


u000005515893's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great experience."


Johnvanmol's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/08/2017

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"


mssands's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"great views, good layout, poor conditioning"


j280954's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

The good- great views from the tee boxes. Good, challenging layout. Friendly staff.<br/> t<br/> 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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"A could be gem that is still in the rough"


TA3787260's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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...<br/> Also it was almost impossible to contact the club by phone.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Still A Great Track"


JeffArenson's avatar
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Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

If the only thing that mattered was the layout/routing, then Black Mesa would be a 5 star must play if in the area course. The recent drought has taken its toll and the greenskeeper was telling me that they are doing what they can do get it back. It was in better shape than when I played it two years ago. They have a new supervisor with a plan of action. Let's hope that it gets back to the shape it was in years ago, for this is one great layout. Staff was friendly and helpful.

The course itself has a couple of blind tee shots and green sites that are well contoured without going too far. The unique part of this property is the approach shots. The green sites are linksy in that you use the slope of the land to get close to the hole. The holes vary from short to long par 4s and 3s and 5s, elevated greens to greens below the fairway, redan and reverse redan type greens and holes that play in all 4 directions. Great variety in a unique setting; you are playing through a canyon and yet it is still walkable.

I gave this course 4 stars because most of the amenities are being repaired; no restaurant. If the new superintendent can get this back to good shape, and there is a whole year to get there, then I would give this course 5 stars. If you are just looking to show up, play golf and go, then you would probably give this 5 stars. Black Mesa is one of the best layouts in the entire southwest if not the USA.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"I Loved this Course!"


JerryShaw's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played Black Mesa as a single on 3/21/15. I was visiting from California and was really happy to get out as a single. The staff members were very friendly and polite. They invited me to warm up on their driving range free of charge.The restaurant was being refurbished, so there was no food being served when I was there.

The course was in good condition for March and the weather was excellent. Black Mesa is a very challenging, but very interesting course with many elevation changes and alot of bunkering. To me, it was a shot makers type course which rewarded good decision making. I played from the White tees, which played at 6,200 yards with a slope rating of 130. I thought the course played more like 5,800 yards, with the high altitude (7,000 ft.) and fast fairways. I usually only hit the ball average distances and was able to get to all of the greens in regulation. The course was very scenic with great mountain veiws. There were not many players on the course the day that I played and I was able to play the round in a little over 3 hours. What a treat to play this course for $37.00 with a cart! I booked through the GolfNow website and all went smoothly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"No food or bar service"


u000006910455's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was really fun and reasonable. Pace of play was great. The only problem was there was no amenities available. The bar and lounge had been closed down for remodeling and will be closed for at least a month. This would have been really nice to know in advance.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Slow Death"


Mekko4107018's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/19/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course since its opening several years ago and got to see it at its pinnacle but unfortunately over the past few years have also bore witness to its slow death. It seems that every time that I play at the course something new has gone away. The time before last was its snack bar and on this current visit realized the death of its customer service. In fact, the staffer whom assisted me upon my arrival to the course whom I believe was named Aaron by his name tag, evidenced a very "defensive" posture towards me almost immediately. The negative attitude proceeded to devolve once he informed me that GolfNow had incorrectly booked my tee time in the course's reservation system and at that point treated me like a person attempting to steal from him personally. This one person's lack of customer service was abhorrent and I feel ashamed to think that visitors to our great region of America (Northern NM) have to deal with this type of behavior. What must they think? It is very disheartening to see what this course has become and I fear that I may have just played my last round of golf there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"This course doesn't make my best list"


loganhill06's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

The staffer was not very friendly or cooperative. Appeared to have an issue with golfnow reservation. Was not helpful at all. the course surroundings were quite beautiful but the course was not well kept. Had gotten poor comments from the locals at next course in the area.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"course condition"


larrychavez's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Golf now was very good to work with they helped me with my other course.black mesa was a very nice course a little pricey but an enjoyable experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"course didn not accept golf now receipt"


u000006308690's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

golf course did not accept golf now receipt. hope I get a refund, had to pay cash.


I recommend this course


"great course"


tedthrasher's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

great course, excellent condition, every hole has a lot of character. very scenic, great design. a few bad spots in fairways and some folks don't know how to fix a ball mark. also, uncrowded at the time we played. no waiting! overall, a great day on a great course, at the discounted fee online. a small problem/misunderstanding about free drink, free range balls, and tax included. don't expect what is promised on golfnow website.

we will go back, for great golf on a great course, expecting to pay for range balls drinks and tax.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course!"


jbeard55's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent course!<br/> Spectacular views. Amazed at how the course was cut out of the mountains. Very well designed. Fabulous tee shots over ravines and valleys. Greens are in great shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Spectacular Setting"


Tombecsutton's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on October 16 on a beautiful, sunny day. Being from Montana it was our first time golfing on a desert course. It was very challenging but we had a good time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Still a great desert style course"


NYSooner's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played it four years ago on vacation. Was a little concerned with the reviews, but was pleasantly surprised by the conditions on the course. It is still one of the best tracks I have ever played. Only one green was in poor condition, and the fairways were fine for the desert. Amazing value for what you get through golf now. It is still worth the extra drive. Don't miss playing this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Challenging Layout"


toyautoman's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2014
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a great course that will test your game. Numerous blind tee shots require accurate drives on some holes. Very scenic area and elevation changes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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