Most golf courses in New Mexico are pretty.... And most resort courses in NM are well maintained, however very few of them are well run and offer an exceptional experience. Exit I25 north at Tramway and head east, towards the Mountains (Sandias, Spanish for watermelon , sunset will answer your question(s), and you will see Casino, Hotel and glimpses of golf course. The color green n contrasting browns, reds, and tans are breathtaking but they don't tell the whole story. Meander around the property behind the Hotel n Casino n u will find the Pro Shop n Bag Drop. I have played Sandia 300(?) plus times and have NEVER found the bag drop unattended. Very uncommon for NM. EVERY employee knows their mission is to make you feel welcome n it shows! Bag drop, pro shop, grill, turn house, rangers/starters/ambassadors, they all GET IT, and make u feel welcome n appreciated! The course is incredible, great conditioning and layout, greens true n receptive, brand new carts w latest GPS technology, new bev carts, etc etc. Typical resort course in that fairways are surrounded by rough that tries to 'guide' errant shots back to the middle. Be mindful of mountains and Rio Grande as putts tend to break away from Mountains toward river! Some of the best Green Chile Stew in town, great burritos and Nachos as well. Pace of play can be 'leisurely' but that could be nit picky. Play the tees that most accurately mimic what u play "at home" and u will have one of the best golf days ever! Btw...the Mountains turn a gorgeous pink hue at sunset....everyday....hence the Sandia/watermelon moniker.
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