Black Mesa Golf Club is an 18 hole public golf course located in Espanola, New Mexico.
A sign at Black Mesa Golf Club sums up this 7,307-yard course on the Santa Clara Pueblo, 20 miles north of Santa Fe: big course, big medicine -- it will kick your butt.
Completed in April 2003, Baxter Spann's design skirts desert brush and is framed by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the plateau called Black Mesa.
Players must shape shots suited to the land's contours. At the 216-yard 15th, a small hill fronting the green kicks clever approaches to front hole locations otherwise impossible to find. The 16th hole, 536 yards uphill, bears the taunting name "Stairway to Seven." But the real struggle here is on the greens. By the time you find an old ranch windmill creaking in the breeze behind the 18th green, you may suspect the course is having a laugh at your expense. Some visitors complain about the blind shots at Black Mesa, but that's part of the experience. Just ask anyone who has played Ireland's Royal County Down. If this track were in Ireland, those same quirks would be considered charms. -excerpt from the article "Top Ten You Can Play," GOLF MAGAZINE, February 2004
$31 (cart included), played on Wednesday, October 2014 at 10am
Black Mesa is a tough challenge that requires good shots to shoot good scores. It is not the best course for wild swings or handicaps above 25 unless you are coming for the views and the experience..
Do Not Recall (cart included), played on Tuesday, October 2011 at 10am
Outstanding layout. Greens had been plugged and sanded but were still in excellent shape. Putted true but very fast. Pro was outstanding. We had 10 players and asked if we could play two groups of 5. He asked if we could keep up. We said yes and did. Very accommodating. Played 5 other courses in Santa Fe and Albuquerque and this was the real gem.
$76 (cart included), played on Wednesday, August 2009 at 8am
Beautiful course in magnificent shape, bent greens. Blind shots and radical slopes on some greens will slow play for all but best golfers and will cause backups when course gets play it deserves. Anyone playing in the area must play here. You can hit what you think are good shots and have trouble finding ball when you get to it. The views out are excellent.
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