Thanks to the rain that has graced the Sangre de Cristo mountains lately, the Valle Escondido Golf Course finds its fairways and greens in pristine condition and ready for tournament action. On tap is the annual fundraiser for the Río Fernando Fire Department scheduled for Saturday (July 28).
This year the tournament will be an individual competition with multiple flights to create opportunities for players of all abilities and levels to win prizes.
Given that this is a stroke play event, tee times will begin at 8 a.m. and have been assigned on a first-come basis.
There will be a hole-in-one contest with a $20,000 prize for an ace on hole number two. If a hole-in-one is not attained during the tournament, a special prize will be awarded for closest to the pin. Prizes will also be awarded for the longest men's drive on hole number 1, and longest women's drive on hole number 8.
Entry fees are $35 plus green fees for nonmembers and mulligans are $5 each with a 2-mulligan maximum. Prizes and cash for this year's competition have been generously donated by local merchants and include items such as dinner for two, resort hotel stays, free rounds of golf, hats, river rafting packages and many other items.
Slots are still available, but filling up fast. To sign up for the tournament, call the Valle Escondido clubhouse at (575) 758-3475. Valle Escondido is located 12 miles east of Taos, off of US 64 east between Taos and Angel Fire.