New Mexico has Indian Reservations.

In all four corners of our state, as well as the middle, we have sovereign Indian nations who have land,an ancient culture, and casino gambling. Many tribes operate designer golf courses, hotels, and entertainment venues.

The Pueblo of Cochiti is a thirty minute drive from Albuquerque along I 25 to Santa Fe. Before you get to La Bajada Hill you turn off, skirt Cochiti Lake, and come to a Robert Trent Jones Architects designed golf course nestled in canyons in the heart of their reservation.

On Wednesday, the course isn’t crowded and Richard, who goes back to my Truth or Consequences teaching days, and I get on without a tee time.

This course requires straight drives, good putting, and a torrid short game. If you stray from fairways you lose your ball in snake country. When you are on the course you are lost in nature. Cell phones don’t work. The internet is inaccessible. Clouds pop up like snowflakes – no two alike.

This course seems made for heaven.

It doesn’t seem frivolous to believe angels  play here regular, their bags in the back of carts and their wings tucked close to their bodies so they can maintain the proper swing plane. They play at night under the moon, watched by coyotes, and never use the Lord’s name in vain.

 

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