Golf Course Overview
Located in the scenic Pojoaque Valley, the Towa Golf Resort is part of New Mexico's Buffalo Thunder Resort. Designed to be played as four independent nine-hole courses, Towa consists of the Boulder Nine, opened in 2001, the Piñon Nine, opened in 2001, the Butterfly Nine, opened in 2003, and the Valley Nine, which opened in 2005. This 36-hole course features the natural topography, unique rock formations and piñon trees indigenous to the region.
Hale Irwin, winner of 20 PGA titles including the 1974, 1979, and 1990 U.S. Open, designed 18 of the course's holes. William Phillips, a prominent landscape architect and golf course designer, designed the other 18 holes. The course has approximately 170 acres of fairway for the 36 holes, 60 acres of which have a blend of 80% Kentucky bluegrass and 20% ryegrass. Roughly 90 acres have a blend of 60% bluegrass, 20% ryegrass and 20% fescue roughs. 25 acres have a blend of 12 varieties of native grasses while the tees and greens consists of bentgrass.
The average green size for the course is 6,500 sq. ft., which is slightly larger than the national average of 6,300 sq. ft. The 27 holes currently open have a USGA slope of 136 and USGA rating of 73.1 from the back tees. From the front tees, the holes have a slope of 101 and a rating of 62.3. The Boulder Nine, a Phillips design, is a par 36 course measuring 3,640 yards from the back tees. The Piñon Nine, an Irwin design, is a par 36 course measuring 3,615 yards. The Butterfly Nine, a Phillips design, is a par 36 measuring 3,380 yards. The Valley Nine, an Irwin design, opened in 2005 and is a par 36 course measuring 3,575 yards. Five sets of tees are also available for varying ability.
A practice facility is also available, featuring a driving range situated so players will never find the sun in their eyes. The Towa Golf Course also features a 7,300 sq. ft. clubhouse that offers guests a panoramic view of the Pojoaque Valley, the majestic Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. The clubhouse also has a dining room and bar as well as a spacious outdoor patio area. The pro shop offers guests golf apparel and equipment as well as club rentals. Private instruction is also available.