115 State Road 399, Espanola NM 87532
Fore! Rejuvenate your senses amidst the artistry of nature at Black Mesa Golf Club. Seriously. Consider this: Fairways framed by arroyos hug the natural ridgelines and valleys of sandstone foothills like lava, leading to undulating greens in box canyons and beneath rocky ridges. With dramatic vistas of the sprawling valley climbing to distant mountains on the beautiful Santa Clara Pueblo, every hole is shaped by the surrounding landscape like an artist forming a delicate piece of pottery. This is what serves as an inspiring backdrop to the Black Mesa Golf Club.
Designed by Baxter Spann, the course opened in 2003 to numerous accolades including “Best New Affordable Course” by Golf Digest and one of the” Top Ten Courses You Can Play” that debuted that year by GOLF Magazine. Located 30 minutes north of Santa Fe, Black Mesa is a high-desert links style layout that weaves its way around and over sandstone foothills on the Santa Clara Pueblo. Since then, Black Mesa has been continually cited in the media for its challenging play for golfers of all skill levels, stunning panoramic views and exceptional value. The course has been rated in the various Top 100 lists since it opened and was recently named one of the “Ten Most Spectacular Courses in the World” by LINKS Magazine. The green fee is upliftingly low for a course of this caliber and the staff is there, ready with advice on playing the course. The clubhouse feels fresh and relaxed, yet it’s still elegant, and offers a truly excellent selection of fuel and libation to keep your locomotive going the distance.
If you want a course whose rugged beauty reflects the land upon which it is built, a course that aspires to the Scottish roots of golf, where the real course was designed by Mother Nature, then this is your kind of place. The bold golfer will find this course offers opportunities to score, the timid golfer will find this course asks questions of your game. But either golfer should find this a fun but demanding test. Every hole is interesting and has its own challenges, some obvious, some surprises! This is New Mexico’s finest golf, and don’t forget your camera!