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Towa Golf Resort at Buffalo Thunder

40 Buffalo Thunder Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87506
505.455.9000 or 877.465.3489
http://www.buffalothunderresort.com/

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Located in the dramatic scenery of northern New Mexico’s Pojoaque Valley just 12 miles north of the Santa Fe plaza, Towa’s three independent nine-hole courses challenge with dramatic elevation changes, seasonal weather conditions, and scenery of such extraordinary beauty it threatens to distract the most focused golfer. Whether you’re putting for birdie in the winter sunshine with a view of the Santa Fe Ski Mountain above or teeing off in the new greenery of the spring, Towa can challenge the low handicappers, but offers an enjoyable experience for golfers of all levels.
Part of the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort, Towa was designed jointly by twenty-time PGA titlist Hale Irwin and noted golf course designer and landscape architect William Phillips.

  • The Boulder Nine: Opened in 2001, this Phillips design measures 3,640 yards from the back tees. So named because of the amazing rock formations that frame it, also features the only island green in New Mexico. 
  • The Piñon Nine: Also opened in 2001, this is an Irwin-designed course measuring 3,615 yards.  The first hole is a breath taking, 631 yard, par 5.
  • The Valley Nine: The most recently-completed course, Valley is an Irwin design opened in 2009. It measures 3,575 yards.  Every hole has an unobstructed view of the Jemez Mountains.

Towa takes advantage of the natural topography, unique rock formations and natural vegetation indigenous to the region providing excellent separation of the individual holes. The course’s fairways are a mix of Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, fescue roughs, and native grasses. Tees and greens are sodded with bent grass. Elevation changes on all the courses keep every golfer on his or her toes. The final par 3 on the Boulder course drops 100 feet from the tee box to the green!
The average green size for the course is 6,500 sq. ft., which is slightly larger than the national average of 6,300 sq. ft. The 27 holes have a USGA slope of 136 and USGA rating of 73.1 from the back tees. From the front tees, the holes have a slope of 101 and a rating of 62.3.
Towa offers a practice facility featuring a driving range situated so players will never find the sun in their eyes.   Green fees include use of the range as well as two putting and chipping practice greens.  Towa also offers the best golf shop in the area, premium club rental, professional instruction, tournament services, meeting room, bar and reception services.

 

Director of Golf – Laurie Meredith, laurie.meredith@hilton.com

Head Golf Professional – David Johnson, PGA, david.johnson4@hilton.com

Golf Course Superintendent – Joseph “Jimmy” Rodriguez, GCSAA  joseph.rodriguez@hilton.com

Public Course – 27 Holes Open year round, weather permitting.  Tee times are recommended and can be reserved 4 months in advance.  Appropriate golf attire is required at all times.

Getting There: Towa is located 12 miles north of Santa Fe on Highway 84/285

From Albuquerque:  go North on I-25, exit 276B (route 599, Santa Fe Relief Route), and continue north to Highway84/285. Exit north to Española/Los Alamos. Continue north for 11 miles and exit at Buffalo Thunder Rd. (exit 177).

 

Boulder
18 Holes
Yardages
Rating
Slope
Gold
3,558
36.6
141
Black
3,297
35.2
136
Blue
3,088
34.2
132
White
2,678
32.5
114
Piñon
18 Holes
Yardages
Rating
Slope
Gold
3,585
36.5
131
Black
3,364
35.3
127
Blue
3,126
34.1
123
White
2,849
32.7
112
Valley
18 Holes
Yardages
Rating
Slope
Gold
3,337
35.0
123
Black
3,157
33.8
122
Blue
2,908
32.7
117
White
2,714
30.5
109