Day Trip: Area offers year-round links

By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers

Year-round golfing seems like a dream in some places, but not in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. Fall and winter golfing can be found all over the area.

From the local courses in Portales and Clovis to the Ocotillo Park golf course in Hobbs and The Links at Sierra Blanca in Ruidoso, lots of choices abound as long as snow and frost aren’t present on the greens.

“We golf year-round here. People come out and still golf in 30-degree weather— just dress for it and play,” said Debbie Segars of Ocotillo Park. “If you step on the greens when it is frosted, it can ruin it,” she added, saying they keep golfers off in certain conditions.

The Ocotillo course is 18 holes and takes three to four hours to play.

“The time depends on how busy we are, and a lot of people finish faster than that time,” said Segars.

“Right now the course is still green and we still have not had a freeze, but the ground is hard so the ball rolls good,” said Segars.

Southeastern New Mexico golf courses

Clovis Municipal Golf Course, Clovis
Open: Seven days a week 8 a.m. to dark
Greens fee: $6-12
Phone: 769-7871
Location: 1200 N. Norris St.

Eunice Municipal Golf Course, Eunice
Open: Every day but Monday
Greens fee: $9.50-21
Phone: 394-2881
Location: 9434 N.M. 8 (Five miles west of Eunice)

Farwell Country Club, Farwell
Open: Seven days a week, 8 a.m. to sundown
Greens fee: $6-24
Phone: (806) 481-9210
Location: Rural Route 2

Ocotillo Park, Hobbs
Open: Seven days a week
Greens fee: $8-16
Phone: 397-9297
Web site: ocotillogolfcourse.com
Location: North Lovington Highway

Portales Country Club, Portales
Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
Greens fee: $10-20
Phone: 356-8943
Location: West of Portales on N.M. 267 (Floyd Highway)

New Mexico Military Institute Golf Course, Roswell
Open: 8 a.m. to dark, Monday through Sunday
Greens fee: $25
Phone: 622-6033
Location: 201 W. 19th St.
n Spring River Golf Course, Roswell
Open: 7:30 a.m. to dark, daily
Greens fee: $26.50
Phone: 622-9506
Location: 1612 W. 8th St.

Cree Meadows Country Club, Ruidoso
Open: 8 a.m. to dark, daily
Greens fee: $11-26.50
Phone: 257-5815
Location: 301 Country Club Drive

Innsbrook Village Country Club, Ruidoso
Open: 8 a.m. to dusk, daily
Greens fee: $11-26.50
Phone: 258-3589
Location: 103 Innsbrook Drive

The Links at Sierra Blanca, Ruidoso
Open: Seven days a week
Greens fee: $40-45
Phone: 258-5330 or (800) 854-6571
Location: 105 Sierra Blanca Drive
Web site: trekwest.com/linksgolf/

Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course, Tucumcari
Open: 8 a.m. to dusk, Tuesday through Sunday
Greens fee: $20-125 or more
Phone: 461-1849
Location: Old Route 66, west of Tucumcari