The beauty of the Sandia Golf Club in Albuquerque is immediately striking through the archway of the patio that adjoins the Clubhouse. Distant mountains frame the emerald fairways, while cascading waterfalls and fountains around a pond bring the 18th green to life. To the left is the resort pool complex, busy with kids even on a windy spring day.
We played the course once before so we knew we were in for a real treat. What we did not know about Sandia Resort & Casino is that the rooms are fabulous and facing the course, the wide-open window view is truly a knock out. Luxury comfort and amenities accompanied the view. They even supply shower caps, which have been eliminated from many 5 star inventories. It’s the little things when traveling that define comfort. It’s the big things like robes and slippers that make it a lavish experience.
Even if not staying at the resort, Tues. – Sat. anyone can have the same view from the Bien Shur patio on the 9th floor. On a Monday, we dined at the Council Room on the main floor. The steaks were cooked to perfection. If you are unaware, this is chili capital of the west so we indulged in the red chili demi glaze for the steak and green chili mashed potatoes. The kick is a good one without lingering lip heat. Can we buy some green chilies to take with us? That season is July – November. But they freeze well. People drive from Arizona to Albuquerque to purchase a year’s supply. They are addictive.
So too might be the slot machines. We’re not big gamblers ourselves but a tour through the casino took a while because of the many game choices and for a Monday evening, it was quite busy.
Managed by OB Sports, Sandia Golf Club is in superior condition with lovely high desert flora that should be avoided in the summer since snakes are as active as the bunnies, coyotes and roadrunners. Views of Sandia Peak, surrounding mountains and the Rio Grand are serene. In spots it seems as though you can see all the way to Santa Fe. Our golf partners were very helpful with course knowledge. John from Buffalo plays while his wife acts as an extra in the numerous movies filmed in Albuquerque, currently a documentary, “Waco.” Brian is a professor at University of New Mexico. Scott Miller designed a track that covers the gamut of elevation, forced carries and power chutes along the natural contouring. Special attention to prevailing winds is paramount. We love it!