Four Hills Offers Lobos’ Davie Honorary Membership 0 4

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) Jan. 5, 2012 — Tracey Fine of Four Hills Country Club noticed our take on which country club Lobo Head Football Coach Bob Davie should join and weighed in with this:

“We read with interest your article posted Dec, 2 regarding golf club membership opportunities for the new UNM football coach Bob Davie.

“We think you presented a very nice, and accurate, perspective on all of the private clubs listed.  I would like to point out, however, that the Four Hills Country Club of today is a very different experience than you might remember.

“In addition to the fine golf experience you so graciously noted in your piece, we also have gained the benefit of highly experienced new management within the past 18 months, and a veteran head golf professional with Albuquerque roots.  Our Club has changed in significant ways.

“Too, you will be interested to know that Four Hills Country Club currently provides Honorary Memberships for several UNM athletic directors and coaches.  We would be happy to afford Coach Davie the same opportunity….”

— Dan Vukelich

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Sierra Del Rio to Shutter for Two Months 0 30

Sierra del Rio Golf Course

Sierra Del Rio Golf Course, which restricted play in December to Thursday through Sunday only, will close for two months after the New Year.

The temporary closure of the 18-hole Elephant Butte golf course was announced in an email Sunday. The golf course’s food and beverage operation, also will close. Plans are to reopen on March 1, the course said.

“The course is in reasonably good condition but we want it to be in the best shape possible when we reopen,” a golf shop employee said Sunday. Maintenance crews will devote the downtime to earth and drainage work to repair damage to native areas off the playing surfaces caused by heavy rains in September, the employee said.

Sierra Del Rio, a Richard Phelps design, is the centerpiece of a retirement- and second-home community near the Rio Grande in Southern New Mexico. Its director of golf is Guy Wimberly, who retired to Elephant Butte after decades running Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course in Albuquerque. Wimberly had no comment on the closure on Sunday.

Sierra Del Rio reduced playing days earlier this month. Winter is typically playable in Southern New Mexico, where daily highs reach into the 50s and 60s.

Sierra Del Rio is part of the Turtleback Mountain Resort. It opened in 2007 on the footprint of the old Oasis Golf Resort and is the nearest golf course to Spaceport America, where Virgin Galactic plans to fly tourists to the edge of space.

The renovated course and new homes built near it provided a boost to the local economy, but homebuilding and rounds played suffered following the 2008 housing collapse.

Dan Vukelich is editor of Reach him at