Golf Course Design

Desert Greens Golf Course in Albuquerque’s Westside was designed by renown golf course architect Robert “Red” Lawrence. Originally designed as a conventional parkland course, Desert Greens is transitioning to a more environmentally friendly golf course that, despite its lack of significant slope, offers plenty of challenge.

About the Course Designer

Red Lawrence was a famed golf course architect, enjoying a career that spanned from 1919 until his death in 1976. In 1962 Lawrence earned the nickname “Desert Fox” for his design of the Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree, AZ, the first golf course built entirely in the desert. This course demonstrated Lawrence’s incorporation of natural terrain into the design.

In addition to Desert Forest, Lawrence designed a number of famed 18-hole courses, including:Albuquerque golf instruction lessons Golf Course Design

  • The Championship Golf Course at University of New Mexico (Albuquerque)
  • Havasu Island Golf Course (Lake Havisu City, AZ)
  • Tubac Golf Resort & Spa (Tucson, AZ)
  • The Wigwam (Litchfield Park, AZ)

Desert Greens is one of only a handful of public courses designed by Red Lawrence.

About our Green Transition

In an effort to reduce water consumption, maintenance and associated costs, Desert Greens is transitioning to a semi-desert course. Our green transition includes:

  • Xeriscaping to replace grass
  • Crusher fine to replace grass on the driving range
  • Recycling bins placed at every hole and Players

Our green transition will not compromise the quality of our impeccably kept greens.

About Our Sleeper Course

At Desert Greens Golf Course, looks are deceiving. Our course looks flat, appearing to offer little challenge between tee-off and final putt. However, many holes feature false fronts, making it difficult to accurately gauge distance and angles. Our course features tree-lined areas and bunkers next to greens, further increasing the challenge to make par. While the course follows the gentle upward slope from west to east, balls may break up hill.

Beginning golfers may decrease the challenge of the course by playing from our forward tees, which allow for shorter carries, softer angles and wider landing areas.

Experience the challenge of a desert sleeper course. Call Desert Greens Golf Course for tee times.

The only privately owned public golf course in Albuquerque