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Championship golf at Taos Country Club is Taos best kept secret

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The High Country is known the world over for skiing and snowboarding, but its best-kept secret is golf. Attitude at altitude is one of the big perks of mile-high-and-more elevations.

Located at 6,907 feet in elevation, Taos Country Club in high desert summer offers cooling breezes, endless sunshine, the occasional monsoon and state of the art gorgeous championship golf. Plus the balls fly so far at altitude – it’s addicting.

“People come here from Texas, Europe, California, Arizona, Austria, Chicago – you name it,” said Taos Country Club’s owner/developer Tad Bourg in a telephone interview Aug. 19. “Some people, like Austrians, discover it during the winter when they ski, and then they come back to golf.”

Amidst silvery-green chamiso sage and steep-sided gullies, Taos Country Club is just not your average championship golf course. It features immaculately groomed greens, lush recycled-water fairways and magnificent 360-degree views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Taos Valley.

This par 72 championship course measures 7,302 yards from the back tees and is a Jep Wille design, Bourg said, which easily tests the skills of the best golfers, while at the same time its gently rolling terrain and five sets of tees make the course enjoyable for all players. Bourg notes that because the course is just a little bit shorter, golfers can have more fun. He said the playing public is really enjoying the new set of tees.

The fifth set of tees was just added in July of 2019, so the website may not yet reflect this additional perk of the club’s dedication to the best-golfing experience in the state.

“For the last 27 years, we’ve been rated in the top six of the state’s top championship courses,” Bourg said. “It’s been rated among the top 100 courses in the nation. This layout was awarded a 4 Star Rating by Golf Digest, placing it among the best places to golf in New Mexico.”

Leased by American Golf from 1999 to 2009, Bourg has been running it again for the last 10 years. Also back is Head Superintendent Mike Ferguson who’s 10-plus-year plan to bring the course back to championship status is already accomplished.

“We have several of the events of the [Sun Country Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America] and U.S. Senior Pro Tours, groups of pros and amateurs on the pro senior tour, every year,” Bourg said.

Besides driving ranges, putting greens and chipping areas, the pro shop offers a full range of men’s and women’s golf apparel, equipment and golf lessons/ clinics for men, women and juniors, aged 5 to 13 years old, by 20-year PGA golf pro Robert Stidham.

A new pergola was added in 2018, creating the perfect outdoor ambiance for a shaded, relaxed high desert luncheon or post-game beverage on the outdoor deck.

The Terrace Bar & Grill serves breakfast and lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and featuring a full bar and Bloody Mary Bar; and dinner Wednesdays through Sundays from 4 to 8:30 p.m.

Weekly specials and live piano make Sunday Brunch a favorite of both locals and visitors, with award-winning New Mexican chiles, a variety of Italian and Northern New Mexican cuisine, all arranged by Food & Beverage Director Jacob Hererra, making this a go-to gig on everyone’s calendar.

To book tee times or for more information, see www.taoscountryclub.com. Taos Country Club is located at 54 Golf Course Drive, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557; (575) 758-7300.

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