Busy Albuquerque golf course gets another upgrade

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) –  Ten years ago, it was a sore sight on the Westside with the City of Albuquerque pouring millions of dollars into trying to fix a list of problems at the Ladera Golf Course. Now the city said those investments have paid off and they’re getting ready to add more.

Another big investment for the city’s second busiest 18-hole golf course is the renovation of the old clubhouse. “That project in particular will lend itself to the community for social events,” said David Salas, CABQ Course Superintendent. 

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The more than $700,000 “Cantina” project is expected to wrap up in May. It will add a lounge area that connects to an existing outdoor patio. “It’s something that’s needed here, people like to be outside, and having that remodeled is going to make a difference,” said golfer Carol Stewart.

The latest investment comes as the city said it’s more than doubled the number of rounds played at Ladera in the last decade. They now see around 72,000 rounds a year after putting more than $5 million into solar panels, irrigation and other course upgrades since 2014.

“I requested, again, through the city to remove some bunkers’, remove some trees, to make the course play a little faster and easier and it’s helped a lot,” said Bill Harvey, director of golf at Ladera.

Aside from the lounge, Ladera is also looking to add a shelter and concession stand at the halfway point of the course and they also want to put lights on the driving range. “This is going to add a lot to Ladera,” said Harvey. “Just trying to get this place to be a community hub is what the goal is.”

The city said the Ladera Golf Course brings more than $1 million in green fees each year.

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