New Mexico Golf News
Rockwind Community Links recognized nationally as one of the best public courses in New Mexico
Since opening in 2015, Rockwind Community Links has been recognized nationally as one of the best public courses in New Mexico. The 27-hole municipal golf facility, owned and operated by the City of Hobbs and designed by Andy Staples, offers an 18-hole championship course with five sets of tees ranging from over 7,100 yards to 4,200, a 9-hole par 3 course, a dual-ended practice range and multiple short-game areas. The championship course was designed to test the best golfers, while also fostering beginners, families and disabled individuals. A special feature is a surrounding trail system complete with multiple trail heads, various outdoor seating areas, picnic spaces and scenic viewing points, including access to the site’s five acre lake that overlooks the golf course.
The facility is considered a trailblazer in uniting golf with the local community. “Community Links” is a concept introduced by Staples where the focus of the entire project was to link the golf course to the fabric of life in Hobbs.
The main course was designed to embrace the flat nature of the southeastern New Mexico landscape, keeping irrigation to a minimum and the turf fast and firm. The design provides challenging features such as large elevated greens, disguised bunkers and interesting ground contours.
Rockwind Community Links has received numerous awards from leading industry publications including: rated No. 2 in Golfweek’s 2019 Best Places You Can Play in New Mexico; named “One of the 24 new courses that shaped the 2010s” by Golf Advisor; included in Golf Digest’s 2017 Best in State course ratings at No. 8; named one of Golf Digest’s Best New Courses of 2015; and a Top Five New Golf Development in the World by Golf Inc. Magazine. The United States Golf Association also singled out Rockwind for breaking the mold and being more than just a golf course in a special video entitled “A Model Muni: Rockwind Community Links.”
Architect Andy Staples has incorporated characteristics typically found on courses along the eastern seaboard of the U.S. built during the turn of the 20th century. Rock walls line fairways and a large interior lake is in play on a few holes that attractively punctuates the course routing. The 9-hole par-3 course called Li’l Rock is meant to complement the dual-ended practice range and short game area. It was built to facilitate walking, families, beginner golfers and kids. The length of shots ranges from a sand wedge to a driver. Rockwind Community Links also is a site for The First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico.
The 8,000-square-foot clubhouse with outdoor patios includes the popular Rockwind Grill that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. A fully-stocked golf shop offers an extensive selection of clubs, apparel and accessories.
For more information visit www.rockwindgolfcourse.com or call (575) 397-9297.