Valley at Towa Golf Resort

3.8373235294 3.8 stars from 5 (69)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 36
  • Length: 3377 yards

  • 47 Towa Golf Course Ln, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506, Santa Fe County
  • (877) 465-3489, (505) 455-9000
  • (505) 455-3469
  • www.buffalothunderresort.com

Year built: 2009
Architect(s): Hale Irwin (2009)
Type: Public
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: 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

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 36 3377 yards N/A N/A
Black 36 3165 yards N/A N/A
Blue 36 2938 yards N/A N/A
White 36 2713 yards N/A N/A
Red 36 2397 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 69 Reviews
5 stars:
22
4 stars:
29
3 stars:
9
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

57 out of 69 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers locals   Challenges include elevation changes forced carries water hazards   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"Autumn Leaves"


tbsides's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course layout and terrific staff. Overall, course is in good condition, especially the greens and fairways. Many repair areas in fringe and approach areas around the greens which should have been reseeded. They should be marked as "ground-under-repair" and reseeded or resodded. My first experience playing a high desert golf course, and I enjoyed it immensely.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fun and challenging"


goenl's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was generally in good condition except for the fringe around the greens. Lots of bare spots but greens and fairways in good shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great place to stay, good value"


dewndi's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very scenic, fairways a little spotty but mostly in good shape. Greens were good. No one out there but me, loved that.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course conditions poor"


garym425's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was told that this course was in great shape a couple months ago, but it was in terrible shape when I played. Greens were ok, but fairways, bunkers, green aprons and approaches were a mess!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



"Fun course excellent greens"


ScottGN's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Twice a year
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

We had a wonderful day of golf. The staff was great and very helpful. The greens were in great condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Towa golf"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun and challenging golf course. Recommend it for the golf as well as the scenery.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Injured"


u3598926's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
First time playing Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My playing partner injured his shoulder, pulled a muscle warming up on the practice range. They gave us a refund for both of us. The clubhouse is really nice. The practice facility was excellent. The staff was very professional. We had an early tee time and course was ready to play when we arrived. I will play this course if I get back to Santa Fe, Nm.


Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



GUy4940999's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Slow Play...Mediocre Conditions"


u099401443's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Almost 3 hours for 10 holes...walked off after completing hole 10. No marshal. A very frustrating experience. Course conditions were not up to par for a course charging this much. The greens were not bad. Staff was friendly and helpful. Spend your hard-earned money elsewhere.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great layout"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging, great course design and ample fairways and excellent greens. We had to with a bump rule in fairways and first cut do to he's in fraiwaya and doughs. We had a hot deal or we would have Been very disappointed paying the normal fee of $80.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent Value"


u479045058's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tees and greens were in perfect condition. The vistas are gorgeous! Staff friendly; amenities are super!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Slow play"


u597732412's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

2.5 hours to play 9 holes is ridiculous, completely ruins the round.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Scenic enjoyable round"


melvin50510's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the Boulder and Valley courses. The vistas were a great addition to the layout and conditions. Fast greens with challenging breaks. Undulating fairways with exciting elevations.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"course has some challenging teeshots"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Booked 18 holes with my wife but we stopped after just eightt holes as we had been dlayed for five holes as there was a slow fourball ahead and there was no sign that they they were aware of the convention to let faster palyers through! As in Europe. we are from uk on vacation.

Had a birdie at sixteenth nealy hole in one!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not worth the money"


hacksalot03's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Is a challenging track that requires accuracy on a lot of holes and offers some scenic views of the surrounding area, but the track is somewhat rough around the edges and not in the best of shape. Although a fun track, is not in the best of shape and not a good value for the money. If you can score a hot deal would say play here, otherwise there are better values out there.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Views were Incrediable"


CChamp1993's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Layout for a resort course was great! Not to hard but u had to hit it straight! Pinion 9 was the best!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Towa is a super course with good management - really enjoy playing there


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very Enjoyable NM Golf Experience!"


linksman33's avatar
Age:  45-54

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This course is definitely 'on the rise!' We played here several years ago and the overall course conditions, greens, staff-hospitality & experience have all vastly improved. Some very nice course upgrades & Excellent practice area(s), as well.

Laurie, David & staff were most welcoming & have things running in very fine form. And Jimmy (Course Supt.) has all (3) nines in best shape they've been since inception.

Towa - a very enjoyable NM golf experience. Most definitely we will return, & recommend it to visitors from out of tow, as well as, local area players.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Towa on the Rise - Great NM Golf Experience!"


linksman33's avatar
Age:  45-54
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Towa GC continues to improve under the fine leadership of Laurie (Director), Dave (PGA Pro) and their friendly staff.

Overall course conditions are at highest levels since inception under skilled care & supervision of Jimmy R (Course Supt.) The course now boasts lush fairways, receptive & true rolling greens, challenging hazard & waste areas, & (5 tiered) tee-boxes for players of all levels . And as always, most stunning NM views, sunsets & topography.

We've played this course over the years and are pleased to report it is well "on the rise" and ranks as a truly enjoyable & challenging NM golf experience. And one that we can highly recommend to visitors traveling from afar and locals alike!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


uROGF6747RO's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We loved our round of golf at Towa, the views were beautiful and the course was in very good shape and very challenging. The pace of play was also good, no waiting!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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