Featured photo: No. 9 at Ladera, like every hole on the course, is as green dream (Mark Smith).
By Mark Smith
Editor in Chief
Sandia Golf Club is the latest New Mexico course to reopen, doing so on Wednesday to its Champion Club members.
It remains closed to the general public until further notice.
On Wednesday, every allotted tee time was filled at the popular Scott Miller-designed Championship par 72 course, which debuted in 2005.
It is part of the Sandia Resort and Casino in northeast Albuquerque.
Please visit this link for more information on Sandia.
Most courses in New Mexico — outside of the Four Corners area — are now open. Please be aware of the new policies due to COVID-19.
Enchantment Sports will continue to post information on course openings.
— Twin Warriors and Santa Ana golf clubs remain closed to the general public. No other information is available.
— Cochiti Golf Club remains closed with no scheduled date to reopen. Kenny Blake, the club’s general manager and CEO of the Cochiti Community Development Corporation, told Enchantment Sports the course could have a “possible June opening.”
— Inn of the Mountain Gods remains closed with no update about a possible reopening date.
— Isleta Golf Club remains closed with no update about a possible reopening.
SPECTACULAR CITY: Albuquerque’s four municipal courses reopened on May 2, and have obviously seen incredible business.
And golfers have to be pleased with the shape of the tracks.
James Owens, the Southwestern Sojourner, files this rundown of Arroyo del Oso:
The City of Albuquerque public golf courses opened with new customs, old customers, and resplendent fairways and greens.
I was among the first out on Wednesday, May 6, accompanying friends for a 6:30 a.m., tee time during the first week following the shutdown.
Arroyo (left) is abuzz with golfers, one cart per customer, lined up to pay their $14 senior rates, $19 with cart.
Arroyo del Oso Golf Course is up and running without fan fare, but with efficiency, friendliness and one of uptown’s best $5 breakfast burritos. And it is in fabulous shape.
Ladera, which was arguably in the best shape in its 40-year history last year, is now even better.
It’s hard to find a single bare spot, which covered most of the course just a few years ago.
Even the driving range is gorgeous.
If you haven’t played Ladera in some time, you owe to yourself to get out there.
Just remember to call first for a tee time. Like all city courses, you can’t just show up and hope to get on. It probably won’t happen.
The granddaddy of city courses, Los Altos (below), has also benefited greatly from the shutdown as far as course conditions.
The 60-year-old course is simply spectacular.
And don’t forget to give Puerto del Sol a look if you just want to get in 9 holes. The course near the Sunport is well worth a visit.
EASY GOLFER: In this time of social distancing, all golf carts are getting disinfected after every round. But if you’re still a little nervous — and you have the money to spend — here’s a possibility.
Fresh off the new product introduction at the PGA Merchandise Show, Sun Mountain had one of the show’s best — and most innovative — new products.
The Finn Scooter, retailing for just under $4,000, hit the links in January.
Developed by Sun Mountain founder, Rick Reimers, Finn is a two-wheeled, single-rider cycle with an electric motor and lithium battery that offers a comfortable and stable ride. Finn Cycles are currently part of the rental fleet at more than 70 golf courses across the country. To find a Finn for rental near you, go to www.FinnScooters.com/locations.
Finn (right) travels at the same speed as a traditional golf cart, approximately 15 mph, and offers the opportunity to substantially speed up the pace of play by naturally encouraging ready golf with each player driving directly to his/her ball.
Reimers has a well-deserved reputation for creating innovative golf products that become industry mainstays, such as the golf bag with built-in legs and the golf push cart.
For more information visit www.FinnScooters.com.
Mark Smith has worked in New Mexico sports media for more than four decades, and is one of the most decorated sports journalists in state history. Smith has won more than 30 combined awards in print, television and radio and has been honored nationally for investigative reporting. He is the editor in chief of Enchantment Sports. Contact him at mark.enchantmentsportsNM@gmail.com.