Black Mesa Golf Club

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

Quick Facts

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's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 115 State Road 399, Espanola, NM 87532

Photos:  See additional photos of Black Mesa

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.

Signature Hole:  16th - 536 Yard Par 5

16th Hole at Black Mesa Golf Club (536 Yard Par 5)
16th Hole at Black Mesa Golf Club (536 Yard Par 5)

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 72 7307 73.9 141
Blue 72 6719 70.5 136
White 72 6277 68.6 130
Green 72 5876 66.9 125
Gold (Women) 72 5157 71.2 125


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  11th - 172 Yards

11th Hole at Black Mesa Golf Club (172 Yard Par 3)
11th Hole at Black Mesa Golf Club (172 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  2nd - 404 Yards

2nd Hole at Black Mesa Golf Club (404 Yard Par 4)
2nd Hole at Black Mesa Golf Club (404 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  13th - 591 Yards

13th Hole at Black Mesa Golf Club (591 Yard Par 5)
13th Hole at Black Mesa Golf Club (591 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  7th - 356 Yard Par 4

7th Hole at Black Mesa Golf Club (356 Yard Par 4)
7th Hole at Black Mesa Golf Club (356 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  17th - 424 Yard Par 4

17th Hole at Black Mesa Golf Club (424 Yard Par 4)
17th Hole at Black Mesa Golf Club (424 Yard Par 4)

Final Cut:  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

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