Quail Run Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.6

Golf - Private Course · 9 Holes · Par 32
Santa Fe, NM

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Quail Run Review

Review & Rating of Quail Run Golf Course in Santa Fe

Quail Run Golf Course is a private course that plays through and around the perimeter of a very nice award winning gated community just a few miles from downtown Santa Fe. 

The course opened for play in 1990 and was designed by Arthur Jack Snyder who also designed Camelback and The Boulders in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Quail Run is a nine hole par 32 course with 5 par 3s, 1 par 5, and 3 par 4s.  There are 4 tee boxes with yardages ranging from 1786 to 2424 yards and to make it fun you should play from a different tee box for each nine – it makes that nine a little shorter or longer as well as requires a little different angle and approach to the green. 

Quail Run can best be described as very narrow, hilly, and somewhat tricky – unless you’re really accurate with your driver, you best leave it in the bag on the par 4s and the par 5.  You’ll encounter some uphill as well as downhill shots that require you to carefully select the right club, some raised and guarded greens, a couple forced carries off the tee box plus 15 bunkers and a small pond to avoid. The course is scenic with a variety of interesting trees, colorful (red, yellow, purple, and more) native fauna, and views of Santa Fe and the mountains from most holes.

Some of the holes that we really enjoyed included:

  • #1 is a 387 yard par 4 with a tight tree lined fairway that turns left around a small pond (hidden from your view) on the front left side of the green which is set off to the left side of the fairway and has a bunker on the right front side
  • #2 is a fairly steep uphill shot to a green with a steep and deep bunker waiting for a short shot and another bunker on the left side 
  • #7 is the only par 5 and it’s 515 yards slightly down a tight fairway with an arroyo which was used as the Santa Fe Trail (a commercial wagon train highway from Missouri to Santa Fe from 1820 to 1880) along the entire right side and trees along the left side and a green that is tucked into the right side of the fairway making for a tough approach shot
  • #9 is only 156 yards but the skinny oblong green is surrounded by 4 bunkers

When we played in August the Kentucky Bluegrass fairways were in very good condition and I felt guilty taking a divot!  The Quail Run fairways are all fairly tight and lined by a wide variety of different trees (mesquite,  pinon, blue spruce, Russian olive, and lots more) and the natural desert landscape which may devour you golf ball.  Some fairways have cute adobe homes set back and out of play.  The fairway are gently rolling and contoured and run both uphill and downhill.  The rough was also in great shape and was cut thick and in places very difficult to get out of. 

The bent grass greens at Quail Run are a variety of shapes and sizes from small to about average.  They were soft, ran true, and held the ball well.  Most have some minor contour or slope and you’ll encounter a tier or two.  When we played it had rained the night before and as such they couldn’t be cut so they were a tad slow, an 8 or so – normally they run between a 9 and 10.  The mountains will tell you which way the ball will break.

The Quail Run bunkers were well maintained, as is the entire course, and the sand was heavy and gritty and also wet from the rain.  The lips of the bunkers range from small to steep - hit a small one and you may get lucky and roll out to fairway.

Although Quail Run is private you can rent one of the condominium homes and you’ll have access to the course.  And you’re close (about 3 miles) to the Santa Fe Plaza (the heartbeat of Santa Fe which is loaded with shops, history, restaurants, and fun nightlife) and  all that Santa Fe has to offer.  During your stay you can also enjoy the amenities of Quail Run, some of which include: Pro Bounce lighted tennis courts designed for high altitude play, a complete fitness center, a 65-foot indoor ozone purified pool, a full service restaurant, spa services and so much more.

Bottom line – Quail Run is a layout that’s not going to beat you up, is fun and relaxing to play, and is home to some good holes and great conditions.  A Golf Club Membership initiation fee is under $5000 and monthly dues are between $150 and $250.

Head Pro's Corner

If you are lucky enough to live in Santa Fe or have a second home here, Quail Run Golf Memberships that include all of the Club amenities are available. For more information about memberships visit our “Club Website.” 

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 2,208 61.2 101
White 2,024 60.0 98
Gold 2,424 62.6 109
Red 1,786 58.6 93

Course Information

Course Architect:
Arthur Jack Snyder
Greens Type:
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Course Map
Beware of water on 1 holes and the 15 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.6 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
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Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $1 to $200

Service is very friendly but there is no cart service, the pro shop has the basics, there is a putting green and driving net for you to use to warm up. The cart path is used by residents as a walking/running trail and you’ll get to meet some of the friendly people who live in Quail Run.



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.