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
Individual Hole Analysis
Best Par 3: 11th – 172 Yards
Best Par 4: 2nd – 404 Yards
Best Par 5: 13th – 591 Yards
Birdie Time: 7th – 356 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 17th – 424 Yard Par 4