Santa Fe offers one golf resort -- Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, which includes the 27-hole Towa Golf Course and two Hilton hotels. The course is made up of four nine-hole courses that wind around the natural rock formations and pinon trees characteristic of the high desert. It is notable for boasting the only island green in New Mexico. Other accommodation options for golfers in Santa Fe include staying near one of the city's other courses or in a hotel offering stay-and-play golf packages.
Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort and Spa at Buffalo Thunder
The Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort and Spa at Buffalo Thunder is located in the scenic high desert, about 15 minutes from the historic Plaza of Santa Fe. All guest rooms feature Native American-themed decor with hand-crafted furnishings and either floor-to-ceiling windows or a balcony. Luxurious touches include down bedding and high-end linens, flat-screen televisions with on-demand movies, and high-speed Internet access. The suites, which include the 2,000-square-foot, two-level Governor's Suite, offer panoramic views of the mountains. Guests enjoy a choice of nine restaurants and bars ranging from the casual Pueblo Deli, to classic American fare at the Turquoise Trail Bar and Grille, to the ultra-modern Blue Tower Lounge, which offers signature cocktails.
Homewood Suites by Hilton at Buffalo Thunder
Homewood Suites by Hilton at Buffalo Thunder offers 81 apartment-style suites with views over the fairways and greens of Towa Golf Course and the surrounding mountain ranges. Studio, one- and two-bedroom suites are available, all with a fully equipped kitchen, satellite television with video games and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Guests enjoy access to all the facilities of the Buffalo Thunder resort, including the swimming pool and fitness center.
The Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa
The Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa sits on 450 acres in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, surrounded by national forest land and only three miles from downtown Santa Fe. It is a historic property that was originally built as a retreat for the first archbishop of Santa Fe. The resort offers a stay-and-play golf package in conjunction with Black Mesa Golf Course, which has been named the best course in New Mexico by "Golf Digest." Accommodations at the resort consist of 11 guest rooms in 15 lodge buildings, and private villas with two or three bedrooms. Some showcase the pueblo style for which Santa Fe is known, accented with bright, bold colors and carved headboards; others are contemporary and tranquil in style. Recreational facilities include the largest outdoor swimming pool in Santa Fe, a fitness center, a skeet and trap shooting range, and hiking and horseback riding trails throughout the scenic property.
Dream Catcher Ranchito
Dream Catcher Ranchito, located right next to the Links de Santa Fe golf course, is a 10-acre working horse and alpaca farm offering a bed and breakfast and a guest house. Guests may stay in a room in the bed and breakfast, which is a restored three-bedroom hacienda with a 62-inch television in the Great Room; or rent the entire 2,500-square-foot guest house with two bedrooms and a full kitchen. The rooms offer views of the alpacas and horses, the mountains or the outdoor swimming pool.
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