New Mexico Courses Progressing

Construction is well underway at the Cities of Gold Championship courses in Pojoaque Valley, New Mexico. The two 18-hole tracks are part of a resort-style development that includes a clubhouse with a gourmet-style restaurant. The courses will surround a future casino and hotel. The Pojoaque Tribe, along with CEC Properties of Newport Beach, California, are developing the course. CEC is overseeing construction.

The first 18 holes have already been seeded and are set for opening this July. The second 18 are slated for a July 2002 opening. Course designers are Hale Irwin of Scottsdale, Arizona and Bill Phillips of Tempe.

According to George Rivera, Lieutenant Governor of the Pojoaque Pueblo, construction and development costs will total around $10 million. The development, situated on 600 acres, is familiar with water-rights issues. In fact, the land is in the midst of a 30-year-old lawsuit; the federal courts have still not decided how much water the Pojoaque pueblo is entitled to. Until a final ruling has been made, which could take even more years, Pojoaque’s water use will remain unchecked, much to the dismay of neighbors as the area is known for its limited water supplies.