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Los Altos/No. 3
This is a great risk-reward, 529-yard (blue tees, 509 from whites) par 5. A water hazard on the right side cuts across the fairway on your tee shot. An aggressive drive, either down the left side of the fairway – but right of the trees and mesa – or over the lake, leaves a long iron into the green for a second shot. From the blue tees, the carry over the lake is 285 yards and an ideal layup yardage is about 225-240 yards to stay short of the lake. A well placed layup from the tee will leave the player with about 270-280 into the green. Most players will want to hit their second shot up the fairway to leave themselves with a wedge approach to the green. The longer hitter can still attempt a fairway wood and try to knock it on the green from here. There are two green-side bunkers and a fairway bunker on the left side of the hole about 50 yards from the green that can snatch attempts to reach the green in 2.

Course opened: 1960

Director of golf: Chris Moya

Head pro: Colby Reddoch

Yardages: Blue, 6,672; White, 6,180

Par: 71

Address: 9717 Copper, Albuquerque, NM 87123


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Phone: 505-298-1897


Green fees: M-F, $25 (seniors $18, juniors $12.50); Sat-Sun, $31.50 (including seniors; juniors, $15.75). Carts: $13.50, two riders; $18, single rider.

Specials: Monday, $30 for green fees, cart, small bucket, hot dog and drink.

After 2 p.m., M-F, $25 with cart; Sat-Sun, $30 with cart.