Sierra del Rio, Picacho CC Offer Father’s Day Meal Deals 0

Sierra del Rio Clubhouse

New Company Runs Elephant Butte and Las Cruces Golf Courses

Picacho Hills Country Club, a golf course in Las Cruces, and a Sierra del Rio, a golf course in Elephant Butte operated by the same golf management company, are offering Father’s Day dinner specials.

Picacho Hills Country Club is offering a premium certified 12-ounce ribeye steak or a half rack of 12-hour smoked baby back ribs. Either comes with a 16-ounce draft beer, sea-salt seasoned baked potato, jumbo grilled asparagus and a salted carmel pretzel brownie for dessert for $26.99.

The Turtleback Mountain Taphouse & Grill at Sierra del Rio Golf Course is offering the same menu but at $18.99 to welcome patrons back to the club’s dining facility.

For reservations Elephant Butte reservations call (575) 222-4771. For reservations at Picacho Hills Country Club call (575) 523-8641.

The two golf properties are operated by Spirit Golf Management Southwest. The company took over the Sierra del Rio under a 10-year contract with its owner, the City of Elephant Butte. The city acquired the property in April 2017. Spirit Southwest began operations at Sierra del Rio on May 30

Partners in the golf management company are Todd Barranger, a former PGA Tour player with golf management experience in several states, and Richard Holcomb, the retired founder of Cliff Dweller Digital, an Albuquerque multimedia production company.

Sierra del Rio had been hanging on by a thread since 2014 thanks to the efforts of a group of community volunteers. Its owner planned to close it.

When the developer who built the course offered to give it to the city, Elephant Butte Mayor Eunice Kent recognized the potential of the course and its clubhouse to become a social hub for the community, and she led the effort to take over the course.

Sierra del Rio as a Social Hub for Elephant Butte

Sierra del Rio markets itself as a dining and entertainment venue for the entire Elephant Butte/Truth or Consequences area.

“It’s no longer a golf course with a restaurant; it’s a place where everybody goes for lunch or dinner, for a drink, to sit on the patio, to go dancing,” former Elephant Butte Mayor Eunice Kent said in a 2019 interview.

“It really is one of our signature properties,” Kent said.

This spring, COVID-19 changed all that, but Barranger said the company is performing some long-delayed maintenance and will be welcoming back golfers from throughout New Mexico.

Dan Vukelich, editor of New Mexico Golf News, is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America. Reach him at

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

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