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Alto, New Mexico, USA
Design Style: Alpine Course Type: Private Resort
Setting: Mountain


Just north of Ruidoso, New Mexico, The Golf Club at Rainmakers pays tribute to an ancient native culture and to nature itself.  Named for a twelfth century shaman who was responsible for managing the precious commodity of water, Rainmakers also works hard to conserve this scarce resource.

Robert Trent Jones II applied nearly shamanistic creativity in designing a golf course that protects and enhances the environment on this rugged, textured site through the use of innovative technologies.  An on-course weather station connected to low distribution sprinkler heads ensures that the grass is only watered when necessary.  We lined the fairways and greens with a polymer substance that traps and cools water so that the course can use 30% less than it otherwise would.  This process also allows for the use of lower nitrate fertilizer, which is better for natural systems.  And we chose turf grasses and a grassing plan that minimize water usage.  In further support of the owner's environmentally responsible vision, our design set aside 135 acres of open space in perpetuity, which will help protect wildlife, including both sedentary and migrating waterfowl.  Ninety percent of the revegetation on and around the course was accomplished with plants that originally grew on the site.

Located at 7,000 feet (and playing to just over 7,200 yards), the golf course-the first Audubon International Signature Sanctuary in New Mexico- meanders through meadows of native grasses between pinons, junipers, and Ponderosa pines.  Arroyos, canyons, and rock outcroppings create challenges on a number of holes, and mountain breezes add an invisible and shifting hazard.  Fairways were designed to receive low running shots hit beneath the wind.  Elevation changes and expansive views add to the drama of the golf round and also elevate the moods of golfers

The Golf Club at Rainmakers Awards
    • GOLF Magazine—Top 10 Best New Private Course
    • Golfweek—#3 Best New Course
    • Golfweek—Residential Course of Distinction
    • Audubon International Certified Silver Signature Sanctuary Course