Sandia Snags Top U.S. Beverage Cart Honor 0 6

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) Sept. 2, 2011 — GOLF magazine has named Sandia Golf Club’s on-course beverage and snack cart best in the nation in its October issue.

Says GOLF magazine’s Joe Passov in his annual compilation of various “best” this and thats:

“Forget stale cheese crackers or dry ham sandwiches. When Ashley’s beverage cart arrived on the fourth fairway at Albuquerque’s Sandia Golf Club bearing warm, rum-soacked rice pudding, I could not resist.”

“Travelin’ Joe,” the magazine’s travel editor, got it right. Not only that, Sandia’s Turn House is wonderfully fast, efficient and friendly.

Sandia’s cart people seem to know that golfers on Nos. 1 and 9, 10 and 18 don’t need anything because they’re so close to the clubhouse, so go patrol somewhere else and don’t hold up play.

– Dan Vukelich

Other news: Our recent post on a recent Municipal Golf Advisory Board meeting discussion of the irrigation work coming to Ladera Golf Course elicited this comment from Tim Martinez, assistant head of the City of Albuquerque’s Golf Division:

“Just a quick note: The new piece of equipment (an irrigation pump) is approximately $19,000, including installation. During the meeting, it was discussed that this piece of equipment would be paid by the 07 GO Bond fund for Ladera of $15,000 and the difference of the Invoice would be paid by the FY2011 Operational Budget. This would zero out the 07 GO Bond fund for Ladera.”

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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 NewMexicoGolfNews.com. Reach him at dan@newmexicogolfnews.com.