Time to tee off again from UNM’s North Course. The popular course has been closed since Feb. 10 to undergo a transformation made possible by a 2012 agreement between the University of New Mexico and the Bernalillo County Commission designating it as Open Space for 15 years. It is now set to reopen Tuesday, April 15 for golfing, while improvements continue on the walking and running trails around the course’s two-mile perimeter.

The county contributed $1.5 million toward the rehabilitation project that includes an overhaul of the irrigation system, improved landscaping and new signage. Crews added some new trees and trimmed current ones to address safety concerns and provide more sunlight to better support the turf growth. The irrigation project is expected to save millions of gallons of water annually. Improvements have been made to the Golf Shop as well, with new paint, carpet, fixtures and merchandise.

“I am very proud of the partnership between the Bernalillo County Commission and UNM that made this possible. These improvements preserve our beautiful open space and make it more accessible, more beautiful, and more environmentally responsible,” Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins said. “I'm particularly excited about the water conservation benefits which will have an impact on our entire community."

“Conservation is a big part of the University’s mission to promote sustainability, so we are proud to be part of this project," President Robert G. Frank said. “The community, especially those of us nearby at UNM and surrounding neighborhoods look forward to the beautification of the trails which will open to walkers and runners later this spring.”

The project was designed by the local landscape architecture firm Sites Southwest, with Staples Golf, Inc. as a consultant on the golf course work. Contractors expedited work on the course to minimize the closure. The course will remain open while additional improvements are completed over the next year.  

Tee times will be taken for April 15 starting at 7:30 a.m. The UNM North Golf Course is located at 2201 Tucker Road NE. Contact the North Golf Course at 505-277-4146 or visit our website at www.unmgolf.com/north for more information.