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Twin Warriors Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.3

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM
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Date Last Played: September 16, 2011

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Twin Warriors Golf Club Review

Set alongside the scenic Tuyuna Mesa with a spectacular view of the majestic Sandia Mountains, Twin Warriors Golf Club spans over 400 acres of Pueblo land and is routed around 20 ancient cultural sites.  The course is awash with grassy knolls, colorful native plants, and arroyos dotted with juniper and pinon pine all of which contribute to a very unique high desert golfing experience.  Twin Warriors is also the native habitat for several species of wildlife including coyotes, wild cats, road runners, rattle snakes, and more.

Wide resort style fairways and landing zones, plenty of forced carries, large greens, stunning vistas, challenging roughs, 5 cascading waterfalls, natural areas, and treacherous bunkers characterize Twin Warriors as well as present a formidable challenge to all skill levels.  An extinct volcano provides a spectacular backdrop for some of the holes.

You'll also find several Kodak moments with what seems like unlimited visibility and majestic panoramic views of the mesas, Sandia Mountains, Rio Grande Bosque, and greater Albuquerque metroplex.  The course is co-located with the luxury Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa which has some very good stay and play packages.  Read our review of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa to learn more. 

Since it’s opening, Twin Warriors Golf Club has been highly acclaimed and won a number of awards and accolades, some of which include:

  • Golf Digest ranked them among the Top Indian casino owned golf courses in America and among the top 75 resort courses
  • GolfWeek listed them as #4 in the “Top 10 New Mexico Courses”
  • Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Golf Resorts in North America, the Caribbean, the Atlantic, Ireland, & Scotland” had Twin Warriors as #50
  • Ranked as the 3rd "Best Course in New Mexico" by Golf Digest as well as the 49th "Best Course in America" in 2006

Both nines are great but we particularly liked the back nine - it was more scenic, more challenging, and has some very fun and interesting holes.   Some of our favorites at Twin Warriors included:

  • all of the par 3s are fantastic - large challenging bunkers, forced carries, elevated tee boxes, deep ravines, an 800 year old Cultural Site, and the signature #4 with a green fronted by a lake with cascading waterfalls
  • #6 is a 449 par 4 with an elevated tee shot to a plateau fairway that then flows downhill to a green with a stunning backdrop of eroded knolls and cliffs
  • #10 may be the most intimidating hole thanks to a forced carry over a natural area to a fairway that offers little room for error on the left or where it abruptly ends in a deep wide wash and the second shot needs to carry the wash to an elevated green
  • #12 is a 584 yard beautiful par 5 gently rising uphill fairway, flanked by a sandy wash all along the left side and grassy knobs and ridges on the right, to the dog leg left big but oblong 3 tier green with the wash crossing in front of it

In most cases the fairways are generous but you don't want to miss them or you're in a harsh and rugged desert that loves to eat golf balls.  In addition, all of the tee boxes require a carry over the desert to get to them.  Once you find them you'll love the lush conditions plus the contour and mounding. 

You'll also love the bent grass greens - perfect condition, true, and a good speed.   The Twin Warrior greens range in size and shape but most are on the large side but well guarded.

You won't like the bunkers if you find them - steep and deep and treacherous.  Some are huge monsters and others are pot size and some will require a ladder to get out of.  They were in good shape but the sand is firm.

Bottom line - Twin Warriors is a fantastic course that's fair but demanding, interesting and unique, scenic and fun, and a very good value.

Just down the road from Twin Warriors is it's sister course Santa Ana Golf Club which is home to three good nines.  You can read our review of each of the nines to learn more - Tamaya Nine, Cheena Nine, and Star Nine 

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,736 75.4 140
Gold 7,284 73.5 140
Blue 6,715 71.1 136
White 6,131 68.9 126
Red 5,100 67.0 116

Course Information

Course Architect:
Gary Panks
Greens Type:
Bent
Greens Condition
9.8
Greens Difficulty
8.8
Fairway Condition
9.5
Bunker Condition
8.0
GPS:
Yes
Walkable:
Hard
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on holes and the sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.3 out of 10
Beauty:
9.0
Difficulty:
9.0
Variety:
9.3
Fun to Play:
10.0
Value:
8.8
Condition:
9.8
Front Nine Rating:
8.8
Back Nine Rating:
9.8
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$59.00 to $109.00

Service is excellent and very friendly, the pro shop is well stocked, the practice facilities are adequate, and the grill serves some good food.

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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! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

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.