UNM Championship GC Future Still in Doubt 0

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) March 24, 2011 — The UNM Championship Golf Course is on the bubble going into a March 28 UNM Board of Regents meeting that could decide whether the 18-hole course stays open or is closed, developed or sold off.

This week’s announcement that UNM students face an 8 percent tuition hike doesn’t help the course’s prospects. Last year, a UNM president’s task force recommended the golf course be closed or sold to eliminate a continuing annual deficit in golf operations.

The task force contemplated no action involving the 9-hole North course.

A UNM spokesman told New Mexico Golf News.com this week no decisions about the Championship Course have been made, elaborating as follows:

“While the New Mexico Legislature has adjourned, UNM must now pull it’s budget together. The UNM Board of Regents will meet on Monday, March 28, to begin budget discussions as well as a likely tuition hike, which could offset some of the cuts.

“Ultimately, they approve UNM’s budget. Stay tuned to the local news on Monday. While it may not be finalized, I’m sure some news will come out of the regents meeting.”

— Dan Vukelich

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Dan Vukelich, former editor of ABQ Free Press and Sun Country Golf magazine, is editor of NewMexicoGolfNews.com. He's a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America. Reach him at dan@newmexicogolfnews.com