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Sonoma Ranch Begins Second Season


Sonoma Ranch Golf Course opened last May along with a 14,000-square-foot, Southwestern-style clubhouse with a bar, pro shop and a restaurant.

Sonoma Ranch is unique to the Las Cruces area. Designed by Cal Olson, the 7,000-yard layout features undulating, fast greens and rolling fairways on a site with considerable elevation change. Local golfers are still deciding which hole will be Sonoma Ranch’s signature. Perhaps it could be the 18th – a par 5 with a fountain near the green. Regardless, all golfers are treated to magnificent views of the nearby Organ Mountains.

In the near future will be considerable development around the 140-acre course. Aspects of the project include upscale homes, townhouses, parks, tennis courts, a health club and commercial buildings. Developers of Sonoma Ranch Communities plan on spending in excess of $100 million over the next decade to build 3,000 residences in the area.

Sonoma Ranch Golf Course is remarkably affordable, and certainly one of the best values in the U.S. Green fees are $20 weekdays and $27 weekends ($10 extra with a cart). For a tee time, call 505/ 521-1818.