Isleta Eagle Golf Course - Arroyo Course Review
Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 36
Date Last Played: September 28, 2011
Isleta Eagle Golf Course - Arroyo Course Review
Isleta Pueblo, which is centrally located in the Río Grande Valley about 13 miles south of Albuquerque owns and operates the Isleta Eagle Golf Course which is home to three very good nine hole courses - Arroyo, Lakes, and Mesa. The course opened in 1996 and has received a four-star rating from Golf Digest and s rated it “Best Places to Play."
Each of the nines is a little different from the others - the Lakes course has plenty of water, the Arroyo has several arroyos that can cause you a problem, and on the Mesa nine you'll encounter forced carries and natural areas crossing the fairways. Each of the nines is a modified Parkland course, meaning they have an open links feel, a scattering of trees, natural areas that can result in extra strokes, and contoured and rolling fairways.
Although each nine has its own characteristics and personality, but common to all three of the Isleta Eagle Golf Courses are:
- lush rolling and heavily contoured fairways
- good sized greens that are in excellent condition but a real test of your putting skills
- thick roughs that can devour you ball
- panoramic vistas of the valley, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque, the mountains, mesas, and the Rio Grande Bosque which is an oasis-like ribbon of green vegetation
- bunkers that were challenging because the sand was thin, hard, and gritty
- affordable rates
The first four holes and last two on the Arroyo course made this our favorite of the three nines at Isleta Eagle Golf Course. On these six great holes you’ll encounter:
- an elevated tee box with a panoramic vista of the valley, mountains, mesas, and Rio Grande Bosque
- some tight fairways that if you miss you’re down a deep arroyo or buried in some thick rough that’s challenging to get out of with any distance and accuracy
- water and bunkers that will come into play
- a couple holes that require excellent course management to par and one that gives you the opportunity to go for the green off the tee box
- some tough approaches to greens that are raised or well guarded and require a precise shot
- dog legs, forced carries, challenging greens with slope and undulation, uphill and downhill shots, and some surprises like the hidden natural area and the rock creek crossing the fairway
Like the other two nines, Arroyo’s fairway are lush and plush and in excellent condition. Most of the fairways are ample, but if you miss you may have a hard time getting out of the thick rough. You can also expect some uneven lies thanks to the slope, contour and undulation of the fairways. Pay particular attention to the scorecard and hole layout to avoid the natural areas, some deep arroyos, and the water, thick rough, and natural areas crossing the fairways.
The bent grass greens on Arroyo vary in shape and size and most have some slope and undulation. Approach shots need to be precise because most of the greens are raised and guarded by at least one bunker, natural areas, or some swales. The greens were a good speed (around 10 to 11), true, soft, and fair.
From our perspective, the bunkers were not in good shape – thin, gritty, heavy sand made it difficult to get under the ball. But this seems typical for most of the New Mexico courses that we played.
The slope and rating are based on playing the Lakes and Mesa nines together.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque is across the freeway from Isleta Eagle and it is also owned and operated by the Pueblo. You can read our review of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque to learn more. They also have some good stay and play packages.
Head Pro's Corner
Course Slope & Ratings
- Course Architect:
- Bill Phillips
- Greens Type:
- Greens Condition
- Greens Difficulty
- Fairway Condition
- Bunker Condition
- Beware of water on 3 holes and the 12 sand traps.
Texas Outside Rating
- Overall Rating:
- 9.3 out of 10
- Fun to Play:
- Front Nine Rating:
- Back Nine Rating:
FEES & AMENITIES
Rates: $30.00 to $65.00
Service is ok, the pro shop is well stocked, and the grill has everything from dogs to Philly Cheesesteaks. The range and putting green are adequate.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.