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Black Mesa Golf Club

Espanola, NM, United States Public

Overview

Black Mesa is back in our ranking of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses for the first time since 2014. Though located not far from the town of Española, there is no development on or near the vast, high desert property. The Baxter Spann design feels worlds away, flowing through a Martian landscape of buttes, sagebrush dotted ridges and dry arroyos. If the idea of hitting shots through canyons, along bluffs and over rock outcroppings to blind targets isn’t enticing enough, the weekday green fee of $79 should be.

About

Holes 18
Length 7307
Slope 137
Price $89
Facility Type Public
Year Opened 2003
Designer Baxter Spann

Awards

100 Greatest Public
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest Public: Ranked from 2007-2014, 2023-'24.
Highest ranking: 44th, 2007-2008.

Previous ranking: Not ranked 2015-'22.

Current ranking: 95th

Best in State: Ranked in Top 5 in New Mexico from 2005-2016 & since 2019; Top 10 in 2017-2018.
2023-'24 ranking (and previous): 4th.

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.6

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.9241
Character
6.761
Challenge
7.1453
Layout Variety
7.1413
Fun
6.8493
Aesthetics
6.9947
Conditioning
6.3322

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