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Cochiti Lake, New Mexico, USA
Design Style: Alpine Desert Course Type: Daily Fee
Setting: Mountain

Located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque on tribal lands belonging to the Cochiti Pueblo, the golf course is tucked into juniper hills on a remote plateau. The site offers unobstructed redrock mountain views.

This alpine desert design is characterized by challenging approaches and fairways that narrow between framing greenside bunkers. Cochiti is a playable course rich in strategic variety, harmonizing natural features with the values of both the indigenous people and the Royal and Ancient game. Following an opening hole that caroms downhill, number two presents a 450-yard par four with a waste area fronting the green and a slope that deflects balls into it, so that even lay-ups must be well struck. Greens tend toward the large side; the putting surface on the fifth hole seems to disappear into an inviting canyon. The eighteenth hole requires a drive that threads between two ponds. Wind also proves a factor in negotiating these holes. As on many arid mountain courses, the topography here provided plenty of opportunities for us to create contour, elevation, and perception puzzles that add to the site's mystery.

Cochiti Golf Club Awards
    • Golf Digest—#1 Course in New Mexico
    • Golf Digest—Top 75 Affordable Public Course
    • Golf Digest—4 Star Rating
    • Golfweek—Top 10 Course You Can Play in New Mexico