Ladera Golf Course Closes Front Nine
In December 2011, Ladera Golf Course underwent the most extensive upgrade to the regulation course irrigation system since the course was opened in 1980. The major investment to the irrigation system was a result of G.O. Bond passed by voters in 2009 and included new mainlines, sprinkler heads, and improvements to existing filtration sources. The upgrade was completed in September 2012, and officially re-opened that same month. Due to construction work, coupled with the 3rd year of extreme drought, Ladera’s turf has suffered as a result. The Golf Management Division understands the problems with course appearance and has taken action to improve conditions.
In order to address these issues, the Golf Management Division –in cooperation with the Ladera Concessionaire - has decided to close the entire front nine in order to focus on specific work at each hole. The closure will take effect Monday, July 8, 2013, and will remain in effect until approximately October 31, 2013. During the closure, the Golf Management Division will complete the following:
- Reseed or sod damaged areas of turf on tee boxes, greens, and fairways
- Replant native areas with drought resistant native plants improving the condition of the roughs and reducing blow sand
- Work with contractors to resurface cart paths
- Complete the overhaul of the pump house to assure efficient and effective irrigation
- Replace trees damaged by the ongoing drought
The closure of the front nine will assist in the effort to keep foot traffic to a minimum while work is completed, giving the new turf and reseeded areas time to grow. But golfers may still play an abbreviated 18-hole course utilizing the back nine and the executive nine-hole course. Golfers will also continue to enjoy construction rate green fees of $9 for nine holes (without cart, $15 with cart). Golfers can find out more information about Ladera and all four City of Albuquerque courses at www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/recreation/golf. Golf Management appreciates golfers who play at Ladera and ask for patience during the closure.