Bill Satterfield

Bill Satterfield's Take on Black Mesa Golf Club


Albuquerque, New Mexico | Black Mesa Golf Club

Architect: Baxter Spann
Year: 2003

115 State Road 399, Espanola, New Mexico 87532
(505) 747-8946

driving range available
motorized carts available


What to Expect:  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. The Baxter Spann layout north of Santa Fe features undulated fairways and greens, blind shots, and over 100 bunkers which have gone from intriguing to virtually unplayable due to the plethora of weeds, dry ground, and thin turf. Black Mesa features some of the most stunning vistas and natural terrain that an inland golf course can enjoy with a setting distant from highways and city lights while being carved in among high desert terrain, rocks, and arroyos. The links style 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. 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 Mr. Spann intended and thus not near as enjoyable as it could be.

Signature Hole:  16th – 536 Yard Par 5

Black Mesa 16th

Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  11th – 172 Yards

Black Mesa 11th

Best Par 4:  2nd – 404 Yards

Black Mesa 2nd

Best Par 5:  13th – 591 Yards

Black Mesa 13th

Birdie Time:  7th – 356 Yard Par 4

Black Mesa 7th

Bogey Beware:  17th – 424 Yard Par 4

Black Mesa 17th

  • Mike Momberger

    Played Black Mesa in 2009 – and very unhappy to hear the course maintenance has been inadequate. At the time (2009) it was in spectacular shape and played every bit of the challenge intended – and then some !!! Right down to the rattlesnakes !!! I think hole number 1 – the blind opening tee shot over water and the hill might have been the most challenging first tee shot I have ever had to play.