About the Course Designer
Paradise Hills Golf Course in Albuquerque’s Westside was designed by renown golf course architect Robert “Red” Lawrence. Originally designed as a conventional parkland course, Paradise Hills is transitioning to a more environmentally friendly golf course that, despite its lack of significant slope, offers plenty of challenge.
Lawrence’s career spanned 57 years — 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:
- 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)
Paradise Hills is one of only a handful of public courses designed by Red Lawrence.
At Paradise Hills, you may play either the front or back 9 for a 9-hole round. However, play is limited to the front 9 for the first 1 1/2 hours after course open. (See our seasonal hours for course open times.)
Every hole on Paradise Hills’ golf course requires a different skill from your shooting repertoire. Our 18-hole course is a “sleeper,” providing challenges that require precise execution throughout.
Off the tee, you will play against gently sloping fairways guarded by fairway bunkers, trees and water hazards that provide a clear line of play. Playing back toward the Sandia Mountains, the par 4 finishing hole features out-of-bounds to the left and water along the right side.
Our 18-hole course can accommodate groups of five, and everyone must ride in a group of this size
Course Par: 72
Rules of Play
USGA rules govern all play at Paradise Hills Golf Course. Per New Mexico law, no personal coolers or food/beverages purchased off-site are allowed on the golf course. (Food and beverage service is available at Players, which has an At the Turn menu for mid-course refreshment.)
Please help us to keep our golf course in pristine condition by:
- Leaving walking carts and golf cars on the paths around each tee and green
- Raking sand bunkers
- Replacing divots
- Repairing ball marks on greens
- Rate of play dictates that you remain behind the group in front (not in front of the group behind).
About our Green Transition
In an effort to reduce water consumption, maintenance and associated costs, Paradise Hills is transitioning to a semi-desert course. Our green transition includes:
- Xeriscaping to replace grass
- Crusher fine to replace grass on the driving range
Our green transition will not compromise the quality of our impeccably kept greens.