Doak to Design New Course at Black Mesa Golf Club

Eddie Peck, principal of Black Mesa Golf Club has announced that Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design, Inc. has been hired to design a new course at the daily fee club that sits on the Santa Clara Pueblo in La Mesilla, N.M. The new course will sit south of the current layout and is part of the first phase of a planned comprehensive development that will help turn Black Mesa into a full-fledged golf resort.

Located 30 minutes north of Santa Fe, Black Mesa Golf Club is a high-desert links style layout designed by Baxter Spann of Finger, Dye, Spann. The course opened in the spring 2003 and was selected as one of the Best New Courses by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, and has appeared on several top-100 public course lists since its debut.

"I'm very excited to be working with Tom and his team on this project," said Peck. "I admire his design philosophy and think he'll design a world-class layout that will be unique, yet complement the original course."

Doak, the principal designer of Renaissance Golf Design, Inc. a Michigan-based firm, has designed 31 courses around the world including four in Golf's "Top 100 Courses in the World": Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Ore.; Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links in Bridport, Tasmania; Cape Kidnappers Resort in Napier, New Zealand' and Ballyneal in Holyoke, Colo.

"We decided to take on this project because we liked the piece of land and that the course will be open to the public," said Doak. "In contrast with the original layout, the property is open and rolling and the lows and desert washes will come more into play."

Doak has been a long-time admirer of Black Mesa, selecting it as one of the most "Beautiful Courses in the United States" in a Forbes Traveler article.

"Black Mesa features the kind of scenery you might find in an old western movie," Doak added. "It's a difficult test of golf for good players, but everyone will enjoy the fact that they've kept it affordable and accessible. I think it's the best course in New Mexico."

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