Inn of the Mountain Gods Championship Golf Course in Mescalero New Mexico
Wow, what a spectacular 18 holes of golf at Inn of the Mountain Gods Golf Course!! The Golf Course is part of the Inn of the Mountain Gods resort which also has a casino, a good golf stay and play package, boat rentals on a beautiful mountain lake, and a zip line that flys you across the lake. The course was designed by Ted Robinson and opened for play in 1975. Owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache tribe this course is the birth place of Native American golf and is located about 3 miles from Ruidoso. The course is over 7200 feet above sea level and plays through the towering pines of the majestic Sacramento Mountains.
Some of what makes Inn of the Mountain Gods Golf Course well worth playing include:
With all that to offer it's not surprising that Inn of the Mountain Gods Championship Golf Course has won several awards and accolades, some of which include:
The 80 acres of Kentucky Bluegrass fairways are spectacular as they wind up and down the mountains with elevation changes of over 200 feet and through towering ponderosa pines, blue spruce, douglas fur, and gable oaks. When we played they were in near perfect condition. The fairways are generally wide and forgiving but you will encounter a couple where you'll want to leave the big dog in the bag. The rough was wide and cut playable but miss it and you're most likely lost in the forest. You'll notice very quickly how peaceful and quiet your round is - no homes with barking dogs, no big trucks or police cars with sirens blaring! The only noise I heard were the squirrels, birds, and my golf balls ricocheting off the pine trees! The fairways include lots of ups and downs, some heavy contour, as well as slope left or right that you need to manage.
As good as the fairways are at Inn of the Mountain Gods Golf Course, the bent grass greens are even better. They were in excellent condition, ran at a great speed of between 9 to 10 on the stimpmeter, were soft and true, and a joy to putt. The greens are a variety of shapes and sizes (average size is 6400 square feet) and have some gentle contour and slope plus subtle breaks that can cause three putts.
The 48 bunkers were also a variety of sizes and shape but thanks to all the rain they were firm and tightly packed. The sand is heavy and gritty but the good news is that the lips are small and you may get lucky and roll out.
Some of the holes that we really liked include:
Bottom line - you need to go out of your way to play this beautiful and fun course.
Rates: $40.00 to $145.00
Service is ok, the cart lady shows up every 5 holes or so, the pro shop is very well stocked, and the practice facilites are good. The grill has a good menu and the view from the deck of the lake and 10th hole is fantastic. The GPS is great.
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.