By Janine Sjostrom
If you’re 55+, looking for the perfect place to retire, and love to golf, you’re probably looking for a golf course community. It makes sense! But… here’s something to consider!
New Mexico is ideal for year-round golf, with mild winters, plenty of sunshine and extraordinary courses to choose from. And while New Mexico’s premier active adult community… Jubilee Los Lunas… doesn’t include a golf course, it’s located just south of Albuquerque, giving you access to dozens of championship courses. You won’t get bored with just one course - you can play nearly every day of the year... and you won’t need to go far. So, let’s take a look!
Just a few miles north of Jubilee along I-25, your first stop is the 4-star Isleta Golf Club… a stunning, high-desert, 27-hole course nestled along the banks of the Rio Grande, with rolling fairways, three natural lakes, manicured greens and attractive senior rates.
As you travel just a bit further north, on the Southern edge of Albuquerque, you’ll reach UNM Championship Golf Course (UNM South). Recognized as one of the top-25 public courses in the country, UNM South offers 7,248 yards of tree-lined fairways and challenging greens.
And as you reach the intersection of I-25 and I-40 (the Big I) in downtown Albuquerque, you can head east on I-40 through the mountain pass to Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club, a mountain course that tests the skills of even the best of golfers with its 27 tough fairways, elevated tees, rolling greens and arroyos.
If you decide to head north on I-25 from the Big I, you’ll enjoy resort play at Sandia Golf Club. But don’t let the word “resort” fool you. Sandia’s 7,752 yards make it New Mexico’s longest course, with some very challenging fairways, bunkers and greens to contend with. The course winds through the rugged high desert, with dramatic views of the Sandia Mountains and the greater Albuquerque area.
Just across the Rio Grande from Sandia Golf Club are two more great courses… Santa Ana and Twin Warriors. A 27-hole links-style course with eight lakes in play, Santa Ana is the easier of the two. Twin Warriors is a target course with grassy knolls and ridges dotted with Juniper and Pinon, with plenty of mesas and arroyos to challenge even the best of golfers. Both courses provide memorable play!
If you’re up for traveling a bit further up I-25, Cochiti Golf Course is just south of Santa Fe, and Black Mesa and Towa are just a bit northwest of Santa Fe, with Cochiti’s rolling terrain and Black Mesa’s sandstone mesas, lakes and blind holes sure to text your skills, no matter what your handicap.
And if you think we’re done, we haven’t even touched on what’s waiting for you as you head south from Jubilee. Just a short drive will take you to Socorro, where New Mexico Tech’s championship 18-hole course is waiting for you with its rolling hills, dramatic elevation changes, and dynamic views of the Rio Grande valley. Then, head a bit further south to Elephant Butte, where Sierra del Rio’s championship course sits like an emerald in the desert. Mesas create plenty of blind doglegs, and the elevated tees and rolling greens keep the play interesting. Best of all, Elephant Butte is a great year-round golf destination, with 350 days of annual sunshine and warm winters.
Las Cruces is even warmer, with several great courses to choose from! Nestled in the heart of the Mesilla Valley, adjacent to the jagged peaks of the Organ Mountains, is Sonoma Ranch, offering enjoyable play for golfers of any skill level. And you’ll love Las Cruces’ newest course, Red Hawk… long, tough and ready to “eat your lunch!”
There’s so many other New Mexico courses to choose from, so why tie yourself down to one course! Your beautiful new retirement home at Jubilee Los Lunas gives you access to dozens of challenging courses, many of which are playable year-round! So what are you waiting for! Visit jubileeloslunas.com to learn more!