Paako Ridge is a scenic, tough golf course on the east side of the Sandia Mountains, east of Albuquerque.
To get there is a twenty minute drive through Tijeras Canyon and then a swing to the north through Cedar Crest, past the left turn to Sandia Crest, following the Turquoise Trail towards Madrid. This Monday we play 18 holes with a cart and range balls for $62.00 each.
There are, we agree, plenty of golfers who would be glad to jump at this opportunity to test their skill on a championship course on a beautiful fall day with a group of friends who behave well, hit some good shots, and love the game in spite of three putts and drives lost in pinon forests.
Golf is becoming an anacronism but we love our time here.
We call ourselves the ” Gang of 12 ” and at least once a week, weather permitting, we step up to the first tee and see what we are made of.