Ruidoso golf courses can often be enjoyed year-round. Drive a golf ball higher and farther than you usually do in the thin air at high elevations, where our Ruidoso cabins are located. Even in the winter, unless a fresh snow storm has recently come through, most courses are open for play.
Ruidoso is one of the few places in the country where you can ski in the morning and play 18 holes of golf that same afternoon. Use caution in the summer months when the clouds begin to rumble, however, as lightning can be a serious danger. Contact the courses individually for tee times and fees, as rates change with the time of day and season.
There is a great 18-hole miniature golf course located at Funtrackers, on the 700 block of Mechem Drive. Here you can also ride go-carts on three different tracks, try your hand on the bumper boats, explore a life-sized human maze, and pan for gemstones, among other activities.
PUBLIC GOLF COURSES
The Links at Sierra Blanca
(575) 258-5330 or (800) 854-6571
The Links offers 18 holes covering 6,757 yards, just minutes from midtown. When you view the rolling terrain it will be hard to believe that this land was previously the local airport, with a long flat runway. This Scottish links-type course was designed by senior tour pro Jim Colbert and was rated the 7th-best course in New Mexico by Golf Digest. The rolling fairways are surrounded by mounds and hummocks, where accuracy is rewarded and risky gambles can cost extra strokes.
Cree Meadows Golf Course
Cree Meadows offers an 18-hole course with 5,766 yards that is open to the public and located just a mile from downtown. This is the area’s oldest and most centrally located course, with affordable, playable, and immaculately groomed fairways. Cree Meadows offers some of the best mountain views in the area, as well. The tight fairways and small greens call for accurate shot making and a strong putting game. Reasonable green fees and preferred tee times are available year-round at Cree Meadows. After you come off the course, enjoy breathtaking views of Sierra Blanca from the full-service restaurant and lounge overlooking the 18th green.
Inn of the Mountain Gods
(575) 464-7444 or (575) 464-7745
Experience a spectacular, 18-hole golf course spanning 6,834 yards at the renowned Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. The views are incredible, with Lake Mescalero sprawling in the foreground and 12,000-foot Sierra Blanca Peak towering above. This Ted Robinson-designed course features an island fairway on the 10th hole and plenty of challenges throughout. When you finish your round you can take a short walk to several different watering holes throughout the Inn and try your luck at the casino.
PRIVATE RUIDOSO GOLF COURSES
Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club
Alto Lakes offers a private 18-hole-course for members and their guests only. Tall ponderosas flank the fairways, and mountain views abound.
The Outlaw at Alto Lakes
Opened in 2008, The Outlaw is a private 18-hole-course spanning 6,950 yards that can be enjoyed by members and guests of Alto lakes Golf and Country Club.
Rainmakers Golf and Lifestyle Community
In 2009 Golf Digest deemed the championship Rainmakers golf course one of the top-10 private courses in the country. This difficult course will challenge even the best golfers. The entry is next to the Spencer Theater on Hwy. 220 / Airport Road.
Kokopelli Golf Course
(575) 336-7843, ext. 28
Opened in 1999, Kokopelli is an 18-hole executive golf course located just a mile east of Alto Lakes Country Club. Call for fees and tee times.
OTHER GOLF COURSES NEAR RUIDOSO
The Lodge at Cloudcroft
In Cloudcroft you can experience New Mexico’s highest golf course which, at 9,200 feet, is also the second highest course in the world. It is just a 45-minute drive from Ruidoso through the beautiful countryside of the Mescalero Apache reservation. Bring some extra balls, as this 9-hole, 4,774-yard course is laid out among the pines and aspens with a lot of turns, steep fairways, and blind tee shots.
Desert Lakes Golf Course
Just an hour’s drive away to the southwest is a great municipal 18-hole course in Alamogordo. Green fees are inexpensive at this public course. At the lower elevations of the Tularosa Basin, year-round play is a sure thing. This course is tucked into the foothills of the Sacramento Mountains that rise high on the east side. Enjoy a spectacular sunset after a late-afternoon round.
New Mexico Military Institute
Just over an hour’s drive to the east on Hwy. 70, this 18-hole public course is located near Spring River, in Roswell. The terrain is mostly flat and walkers are welcome, with no pressure to hurry through your game. The low green fees will make you smile.
Ponderosa Pines Golf Course
Also in the Cloudcroft area, nine miles southeast of town on Hwy. 130, is this gorgeous 9-hole course tucked into the mountains. Your hosts are PGA member Bill Gayso and his wife Mary. The layout will challenge your short game and the green fees are very reasonable. Elevations are high, so your drives will float a little longer here.
Spring River Golf Course
Spring River is another great 18-hole, municipal course in Roswell. It is beautifully maintained with well manicured greens. There is generally steady play here, so it is a good idea to call ahead for tee times. Lessons are available to improve your game.