The normal price for a senior and an adult player who wish to play 18 holes using a riding cart would be $66, but I went online to the golf course's website and found a Golf18 deal for a 10:30AM tee time for $44.24. It turns out we were the first people to actually take advantage of that special price too. The manager then walked us outside and showed us where to hit our first shot, explaining that there was water about 172 yards out and down the hill. He also told us how far out the dogleg was on the third hole which was helpful also, and explained a bit about the set up of the holes and how to get around the course. That is always nice the first time you are stepping onto a new course.
As Mr. Rogers would say, it was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. There were only a few of us on the golf course, so Denny and I were able to take our time and enjoy the scenery. One young man we allowed to play through had driven 60 miles one way to play here as it was the closest affordable golf course to his home. Ouch!
Like so many areas of the west, New Mexico has been suffering drought conditions and so the golf course has some rough patches but it is in much better condition than several of the golf courses we've played in California and Nevada recently. They had just aerated a couple of the greens and the greens keeper actually apologized to us for that. Wow! We have played on greens much, much worse than that in the last few weeks, for sure.
The next two photographs are of the eighth hole; the first is taken from the women's tees and the second from the men's tees. It is a par 3 hole and while the distance isn't long, the fast greens make it tricky. Denny and I had gotten used to very slow greens lately and having much faster greens meant we had to adjust our thinking and out putting quite a bit.