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ith a golf course that was

operating inefficiently,

facing rising expenses

and falling player numbers, the city

of Hobbs in New Mexico needed to

make a change.

Conditions at the golf course, which

was situated on flat and featureless

land with extensive caliche rock, were

deteriorating. Exhaustive irrigation

repairs were frequently required,

demanding increasing investment in

man-hours, and there were further

problems relating to turf quality, water

conservation and resource requirements.

Local pride and enthusiasm in the

golf course all but disappeared while

ongoing struggles mounted. However,

the mayor and city council were

striving to improve quality of life and

availability of recreational facilities for

the community.

Andy Staples, ASGCA, introduced

the city to the sustainable design

philosophy of a ‘Community Links,’

whereby the golf course would be an

asset for all of residents, including

non-golfers, and would use resources

efficiently, particularly important in a

region where water is precious.

In collaboration with the community

and project partners, Staples proposed

a solution that greatly improved the

existing golf course while expanding

the facility to attract more kids and

families. This included the integration

of walking trails, picnic areas,

expanded outdoor public-use space,

revitalized beginner golf programs,

and a First Tee junior golf program. A

new nine-hole par-three kids’ course

was added, and the practice facility

was expanded.

Additionally, the 18-hole course was

completely upgraded through rebuilding

all bentgrass greens with California

construction methods, introducing

new grass-faced, sand-bottom bunkers

and new natural flowing tees. By sand-

capping all the turf areas, it was possible

to use drought-tolerant, cool season

dwarf bluegrass and fescues, helping

to reduce the water requirement to the

fullest extent possible.

The irrigation system was completely

rebuilt with 100% HDPE pipe, which

determined priorities for high play areas

versus the non-maintained landscape.

The new five-acre lake, designed to

retain 14 million gallons of effluent

water, is a feature of the public-use

space near the clubhouse, benefitting

the entire community, and enticing

residents to take interest in the game.


Hobbs, New Mexico

Golf course architect:

Andy Staples,

ASGCA, Staples Golf Design

Project summary:

A deteriorating city-

owned 18-hole course was redesigned

as a ‘Community Links;’ a centerpiece

for the entire community, focusing on

kids, families and beginner golfers.


Design Office (landscape

architecture); Greenscape

Methods (irrigation design); Rain

Bird (irrigation); Watertronics

(pump station); Wadsworth Golf

Construction (construction)

Rockwind Community Links

A course for the community

City residents benefit from overhaul of public course

Photos: Tony Roberts