The Andy Staples design opened in May 2015 and has received numerous awards from leading golf publications including: inclusion in Golf Digest’s 2017-18 Best in State course ratings at #7; named one of Golf Digest’s Best New Courses of 2015; and cited as a Top Five New Golf Development in the World by Golf Inc. Magazine.
“What a great honor to be recognized as the #2 course in New Mexico on this prestigious list of the best courses that are open to the public in our state,” said Doug McDaniel, Parks & Recreation Director in Hobbs. “Our commitment at Rockwind is to offer a remarkable golf course and playing experience for golfers at affordable prices. Everyone associated with the success of Rockwind is to be congratulated on this special achievement.”
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.
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.