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Rockwind Community Links Retains #2 Ranking in New Mexico on Golfweek Magazine’s Annual Best Courses You Can Play List

Rockwind Community Links Retains #2 Ranking in New Mexico on Golfweek Magazine’s Annual Best Courses You Can Play List

Hobbs, NM (August 4, 2020) - Golfweek Magazine has released its annual Best Courses You Can Play in each state rankings and Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, New Mexico, retains the #2 position that was earned in 2019.  The highly regarded course, which offers multiple tees for players of all ability levels, is a popular destination for golfers in the state as well as west Texas. 

Opened in May 2015, the Andy Staples design has received numerous awards and accolades from leading golf publications including: named one of Golf Digest’s Best New Courses of 2015; cited as ”One of the 24 New Courses that Shaped the 2010’s” by Golf Advisor; inclusion in Golf Digest’s 2017-18 Best in State course ratings at #7; selected as a Top Five New Golf Development in the World by Golf Inc. Magazine.

“It’s a significant honor to keep our ranking as the #2 course on Golfweek’s prestigious list of the best courses that are open to the public in our state,” said Manny Gomez, Hobbs’ Acting City Manager.  “Rockwind’s dedicated staff maintains premium playing conditions for our golfers and they ensure a quality experience at affordable prices.  Everyone associated with the ongoing success of Rockwind is to be congratulated for working hard to keep the standard of excellence and recognition that we have achieved.”

The facility is considered a trailblazer in uniting golf with the local community. “Community Links” is a concept introduced by Staples where the focus of the entire project was to link the golf course to the fabric of life in Hobbs.  A special feature is a surrounding trail system complete with multiple trail heads, various outdoor seating areas, picnic spaces and scenic viewing points, including access to the site’s five acre lake that overlooks the golf course.  The United States Golf Association also singled out Rockwind for breaking the mold and being more than just a golf course in a special video entitled “A Model Muni: Rockwind Community Links.”

About Rockwind Community Links

The main course, which offers five sets of tees with playing lengths ranging from over 7,100 yards for the accomplished player down to approximately 4,200 yards for the forward “express” tees, has been designed to embrace the flat nature of the southeastern New Mexico landscape, keeping irrigation to a minimum and the turf fast and firm. The design provides challenging features such as large elevated greens, disguised bunkers and interesting ground contours.

Architect Andy Staples has incorporated characteristics typically found on courses along the eastern seaboard of the U.S. built during the turn of the 20th century.  Rock walls line fairways and a large interior lake is in play on a few holes that attractively punctuates the course routing. The 9-hole par-3 course called Li’l Rock is meant to complement the dual-ended practice range and short game area.  It was built to facilitate walking, families, beginner golfers and kids.  The length of shots ranges from a sand wedge to a driver.  Rockwind Community Links also is a site for The First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico. 

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