Year-long celebration to feature opening ceremony, special events, discounts, raffles and 20th anniversary golf tournament
SANTA FE, NM – The City of Santa Fe is preparing a year-long celebration of special events and discounts to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Santa Fe’s only municipal golf course, Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe, beginning in January 2018. For the past two decades, loyal patrons and dedicated city employees have fused a golfer’s passion and a city’s budget into a must-see, highly-anticipated golf course that has serviced more than 793,000 rounds of golf since opening day in 1998. The yearlong celebration spanning over a 12 month period will feature an opening ceremony, special events, golf demo days, discounts, raffles, merchandise, 20th anniversary golf tournament and a few special surprises.
A year dedicated to honoring the achievements of the past is certainly something to celebrate, especially when community leaders fought vigorously throughout the years to secure adequate funding for what was planned to be a multi-million dollar project. Since the conceptual approval of city councilors to buy land from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in 1991, the Municipal Recreation Complex (MRC) has welcomed a variety of sports enthusiasts to its 1,200 acre complex.
“Naturally, and as expected, there were some concerns from city officials and the designated task force recognized these concerns. This was an expensive and huge project to take on.” stated Karleen Boggio-Montgomery, one of twenty-four members chosen to lead the municipal outdoor recreation and golf site selection and feasibility task force committee. “This was a very opportunistic offer and was successfully promoted by the task force. As a result, the links is today located on a scenic and expansive area of land. It provides fantastic recreation for golfers from Santa Fe, NM and visitors to our city.”
For many, the Links de Santa Fe has been a must-play course that locals quickly adapted to due to its links style course, well-maintained grounds and visual scenery that so eloquently captivates the colorful splendor of the southwest. Its ability to maintain competitive low rates that surpass local competitors have set this course on the map as an affordable outing for locals and tourists alike. However, the most significant moment in its 20 years has been in honoring the legacy of a promising young golfer named Marty Sanchez, a beloved Santa Fean whose passion for the sport now marks the name sake of the course.
Gaining national fame on Fox Sports and Golf Life television networks has helped bring awareness to those unfamiliar with the course and location. Not to mention securing a national award by Travel+Leisure magazine for ‘top three big little courses in the United States’. “It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come and how much we have accomplished in the past 20 years. Especially for being a municipal golf course,” stated Jennifer Romero, MRC/Golf Course Manager. “This anniversary showcases the type of dedication we have for our city and for outdoor recreation. It will help bring awareness and is a wonderful way to honor the achievements of our past.”
For up-to-date information or to learn more, visit us online at www.LinksdeSantaFe.com or call the pro shop at 955-4400. *Dates, discounts and special events may be subjected to change without notice.