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I played PaaKo on Friday and it was in decent shape. The course is pretty brown as the grass still seems to be dormant. The greens rolled pretty well and there weren't to many ball marks as they had only been open a week. They have not watered a lot thru the winter probably due to the fact that they are close to the mountains and it is a little colder than Albuquerque, and mother nature has not been a big help in this dry NM winter we have had. PaaKo always amazes me how quick they can get the course into great shape so we'll see how it changes in the next 2-3 weeks. Typically they change to peak rate in mid-April and if conditions don't improve significantly by then it won't be worth what they charge.
I played MB on Friday and I really enjoyed the course. I have an OB Sports card because of the course I play here in NM which gave me a discount rate of ~$131 (also included a 15% discount due to recently aerated greens). The greens had been aerated about a week prior and they were a little bumpy. I would say they were not too bad considering it had been just a week and they were pretty fast. I had trouble pitching on a few holes due to pretty tight lies in the fairway. There really is only one hole that is along the ocean (#3), however, there are a few that have ocean views. I think the course is nice overall and I would recommend it.
I played UNM South (as we locals call it), and it was in very good condition. The greens have healed up nicely and are very close to perfect. The were probably rolling around a 10. They have very big greens with a bit of undulation so GIRs doesn't always mean par, one can easily 3 putt or even 4 putt here. I like this course as tee boxes are elevated and most everything is right out in front of you and you can give it a go. However, for whatever reason, it plays pretty tough. The wind came up a little and from the blues (2 boxes up from the Tips) on the #8 par 3, I had to hit driver, and I usually average about 280 off the tee. I think it played 280+ to the back pin and I was fortunate to hit a good one to about 15 feet. This course is always fun to play and it was in very good condition, and a good value at $66 with a cart for locals ($75 for non-residents). It is 5 minutes from the airport so if you are in town give it a go!
I played Twin on 3/25/17 and it was in good shape for NM spring golf. The greens rolled pretty well and were ~9 on the stimp. Rough is starting to thicken and was a little tough around 2+ inches. Fairways are coming in but still a little patchy. In NM we get a little wind and that can make for a tough course. This is one of my favorite courses in the area as it winds around the NM desert with great views and no houses ANYWHERE nearby. They have a very nice range, large putting green and 2 different short game areas, one of the better practice facilities in NM. It is !15 minutes north of ABQ and worth the drive. They have a fabulous resort there, the Hyatt Tamaya if it is in your price point. The snack bar is pretty pricey, as we say, "Home of the $11 hot dog", foot long and probably pretty good but... Overall a great facility.
So, I played on Saturday, 4/1/17. The course was in very good shape for NM spring golf. The greens rolled pretty true at about 9-10 on the stimp. The rough was ~1.5 inches and not too tough. The course itself doesn't play too long but accuracy is a must. I would say it isn't too tight but driver isn't always the right choice off the tee. There are only 3 holes where water is in play, 9 from the tee, 10 on the approach, & 18 off the tee. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. The price for locals (not sure for non-locals) is one of the best around especially since they offer a senior rate for those over 55. I think they are planning to aerate around 4/15. The grill is awesome, maybe a little on the greasy side but the green chile is some of the best and I know NM green chile pretty well. I get the breakfast sandwich on Texas toast and my buddies like the green chile cheese burger. Definitely worth playing and eating.
I played Twin a week ago and it was in very good condition. The greens have healed up well and they were rolling nicely. Twin is a great track, one of the best in the area, and I highly recommend playing there.
PaaKo is the gem of NM, ranked in the top 50 in Golf Digest top 100 almost every year. It is beautiful and very challenging. One must keep the ball in play to score on this course. I once played the State Match Play qualifier here with 15+ mph winds and the best score was 77, mind you there were plenty of + handicaps including 4-5 Division 1 players. I shot 87 as a 5hdcp and finished in the middle of the field missing the top 32 cut by one stroke. From the green tees, which is only 6700 yds at 7000+ feet elevation, the par 3s are tough and can all play at over 200 yds. The course winds around through the mountains with few sights of other holes. The course is almost always in immaculate condition, which is as it should be for the price of $117 peak rate, which is about twice what we NM residents pay at our resort courses. About 30 minutes from ABQ and 45 from Santa Fe, it is a must play.
I have played Cochiti 4 times over the last 5 weeks as they are one of the last in the area to punch their greens. It is playing very nice right now with fairly consistent and has smooth greens. The fairways are a little patchy and uneven with some Poa in them, but not bad. The course is a typical desert type course which is not terribly long but can be difficult if you don't know where to aim or if your direction is off. It is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course which a lot of people like. It is out in the middle of nowhere with some great views which is very nice. They are scheduled to aerate on 5/15 I believe, so it will be about 3 weeks before it is back in shape. They are relatively inexpensive especially for walking local seniors over 55 (M-F $32 for 18 holes). It is about half way between ABQ and Santa Fe and worth the trip for the quality of golf for the money.
I love Twin, it is one of my top 3 in NM. It is almost always in good condition. They usually have available tee times because they are a little ways from Albuquerque (15 minutes) plus their sister course, Santa Ana, is a mile down the road and has 27 holes. I played Twin two weeks ago and it was in good condition for spring in NM. What that means is that the greens have healed well and were rolling good, and the fairways were also good/lush both with some Poa Annua present, common here in NM this time of year. However, the Poa was mostly obvious in color not too much variation in green bumpiness or varying grass height in the fairway. They could use work in the bunkers and usually make that improvement once the course is in nice shape. I said, "2-3 weeks and it will be perfect". They have a very nice practice facility, maybe the best in NM.
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