Paako Ridge, Golf Digest's Best New Affordable Public Course of 2000, is quite long from the tips and regular tees. Yes, a golf ball carries farther at its 6,500-foot elevation, but Paako also plays long because both nines work up mountain foothills for several holes before playing downhill. The 496-yard par-4 seventh is the same shape and dimensions as the 10th at Augusta National and the back tees of the par-4 17th, atop a butte, affords perhaps the best vista in New Mexico. There are very wide and deep greens here, too, so a depth chart is a must.
100 Greatest Public: Ranked since 2003. Highest Ranking: 20th, 2005-2006. Current Ranking: 58th.
Best in State: Ranked Top 5 in New Mexico since 2001. Current Ranking: 1st since 2017.