The Takeaway: Black Mesa has the bones to be a really good course but is an unfortunate example of what happens when a course isn't properly maintained. With weeds growing all over in the rough, bunkers, and often in the fairways, there was a point I was questioning why I was even there. The thin turf throughout the course wasn't ideal either. There is no doubt that Black Mesa has one of the most intriguing layouts in the West and is a must-see in New Mexico, but until the conditioning is improved the course won't play as the Top 100 layout Mr. Spann intended and thus not near as enjoyable as it could be. Grade B
Designer: Baxter Spann in 2003
Cost: $62.00 - $67.00; $35.00 twilight ($20 for a cart) Click for current rates
Phone Number: (505) 747-8946
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Black Mesa Golf Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 115 State Road 399, Espanola, New Mexico 87532
Accolades: Ranked 86th on Golf Digest's 2013-14 Top 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in America and 2nd in the state of New Mexico.
What to Expect: Black Mesa features some of the most stunning vistas and terrain an inland golf course can enjoy with a setting distant from highways and city lights. The Baxter Spann layout north of Santa Fe is carved in among high desert terrain, rocks, and arroyos which lends to hosting undulated fairways and greens, blind shots, and over 100 bunkers. The links course is void of any trees and thus subject to the crossing winds that can change the way the course plays on a daily basis. Black Mesa is highlighted with an impressive collection of par 3s, unforgettable par 5s, and engaging elevation changes that lead to a variety of enjoyable shots. The biggest letdown by far was the poor conditioning that existed during my visit; fortunately that can always change.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 16th Hole – 536 Yard Par 5
Best Par 3: 11th Hole – 172 Yards
Best Par 4: 2nd Hole – 404 Yards
Best Par 5: 13th Hole – 591 Yards
Birdie Time: 7th Hole – 356 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 17th Hole – 424 Yard Par 4