New Albuquerque-Area Course at Paa-Ko Ridge

Located at 6,500 feet above sea level, New Mexico’s Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Course is a place where golf balls fly out of sight. The course was designed by Ken Dye, whose recent credits include the award-winning Pinon Hills Golf Course in Farmington, New Mexico and Stonebriar in Frisco, Texas. Pinon Hills has often been rated as one of the top-10 public courses in the country. Dye told Paa-Ko Ridge director of golf, Warren Lehr, that Paa-Ko is the finest site he has ever worked on.

Paa-Ko Ridge opened in April 2000. The facility near the Sandia Peak ski area boasts a beautiful adobe clubhouse with a full bar, restaurant and golf shop. From an indoor/outdoor patio seating area golfers enjoy views of the 18th hole. The golf carts have global positioning systems (GPS) that allow players to check the weather and distance on their next shots, see the hole’s layout, and order food to pick up at the turn.

Paa-Ko Ridge’s signature hole is the 17th. “This is a hole that tees from 7,000 feet and has a drop of over 100 feet with arroyo on the left, ponderosa pines on both sides, and you can see the rest of the golf course from there,” said Lehr.

In June 2001, ground was broken on the third 9 at Paa-Ko Ridge. The new holes are expected to open in spring 2003. Meanwhile, development of peripheral housing continues by Roger Cox & Associates. The golf course community will become one of the major features of this 4,000-acre development situated 20 minutes from Albuquerque. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Course lies nine miles north of Interstate 40 and 3.5 miles north of the Sandia Crest turn-off on North Highway 14, the historic Turquoise Trail. For a tee time, call 505/281-6000.