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UNM North Golf Course Improvements

Project Scope

In 2012, Bernalillo County undertook an agreement with the University of New Mexico to preserve the golf course as open space. As part of the agreement, the county provided $1.5 million to the university to undertake long overdue irrigation system replacement, to create a landscaped trail for use by the community around the perimeter of the course, and to maintain and replace trees on the course, all of which constitute Phase 1. A landscape architecture firm was hired by the university in the spring of 2013, which completed a master plan and design plans for the first phase in October 2013. Phase 1 plans were put out to bid thereafter, and construction was completed in April 2014.

During the 2014 Legislative Session, $320,000 was appropriated in the Water Bill for a pipeline to re-use cooling water from the university chiller plant, which is Phase 2 of the project. An additional $310,000 was appropriated in the 2015 Legislative Session. This has enabled engineering design and construction of this portion of the project to be completed in February 2017 within the projected budget of $500,000. The remaining funds from this appropriation will be used for the next two phases, which including drainage improvements to the course and the adjacent “barren fairways” (Phase 3) and further landscaping along the trail to control weeds and erosion, which were elements of Phase 1 that were not completed because of budget constraints (Phase 4).

During the 2016 Legislative Session, an additional $320,000 was appropriated to plan, design, restore, construct, equip, install, and furnish subsequent improvements to the UNM North Golf Course Urban Open Space. This funding for will enable the county to support the university’s effort to complete other items identified by the community and stakeholders during Phase 1 design process for the course, including additional replacement trees for the urban forest on the course (Phase 5), streetscape and fencing improvements along Stanford and Yale (Phase 6), rehabilitation of the Works Progress Administration Lightning Shelter and new infrastructure for the proposed Lobo Farm (Phase 7) and native re-vegetation of areas between and outside the fairways to limit erosion and create more natural habitat and additional furnishings along the trail, including benches, gateway elements and interpretive signage (Phase 8). Funds appropriated by the state will go directly to the University of New Mexico.

Bernalillo County has also undertaken a Cultural Landscape Study and Master Plan update for the UNM North Golf Course site, which will identify key historic features and develop treatment recommendations to guide future development and protection of the resource. The study is being prepared in coordination with UNM, the North Campus Neighborhood Association and the county. A key part of the study will be an update to the master plan for the golf course in order to reflect the treatment recommendations and to generate a capital improvement schedule to guide further rehabilitation of the golf course and efforts to secure funding to support it. A series of stakeholder meetings and workshops have been held over the previous year to identify and prioritize projects, which was used to update the master plan. A public meeting was held in December 2016 to present the draft findings and recommendations of the study and the proposed schedule of capital improvement projects. Phases 3 and 4 will begin in the fall of 2018 and be completed by April 2019.

General Project Information:

Status | Master Planning

Project Planner | John Barney
Email: jcbarney@bernco.gov
O: (505) 314-0404 C: (505) 933-1113

Phase 1 Construction Cost | $1,500,000

Construction Completed | April 2015

Phase 2 Construction Cost | $500,000

Construction Completed | February 2017

Estimated Phase 3 & 4 Construction Cost | $350,000

Estimated Construction Completed | April 2019

Funding: The total amount of State Legislative Grants received is $950,000, of which $450,000 remains. The county has contributed $1,550,000 to the project from Open Space funds.



Project Briefing Sheet

Facility Master Plan Study (Draft)

Cooling Tower Water Re-use Line

UNM North Golf Course Research Findings

UNM North Golf Course Historic Landscape Report 

UNM North Golf Course Cultural Landscape Brochure

UNM North Golf Course Updated Master Plan 2019 


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