Chavez: RR Golf Course’s best days lie ahead (video included)

From his glory days behind, reviving a dead golf course in Rio Rancho will be a big challenge for Albuquerque entrepreneur Steven Chavez.

It has been dormant and unused for a long time. But Chavez is very enthusiastic and full of ideas. He just needs to see which ones will work.

He has already started working on the site.

On Tuesday, the course improved. Long-dead trees have been knocked down by heavy machinery. They will be cut into firewood for local residents. Brushwood was also cleared – to become mulch that local residents can pick up in about a week. (return to the Observer website — rrobserver.com — for when mulch and wood will be available for pickup.)

The Rio Rancho Watcher paid for a trip to the site of the now defunct golf course before cleanup began.

At one time, it’s pretty clear that this golf course was a special place.

The fairways meander gently through the course. And the view towards the mountains is spectacular, even without the greens and fairways.

Today, however, is a broken mix of concrete roadblocks, cart paths, dead trees and brush. On one of the roadblocks rests a pair of scruffy jeans.

The steps show where a starter box once lived. The golf club rack is rusted and bent, and cracks mark the parking lot.

And on what was once a driving range, the 150-meter marker still floats in the wind. Yet it’s still groovy. At least, according to the graffiti scrawled on a wall.

But that was in the past.

The ponds, Chavez said, now green and shrouded in weeds, will be cleaned and replaced. New, unique trees with special leaves will be introduced. Weeds along resident fences along the property will be eliminated. In a few weeks, it’s going to be very different, Chavez said.

Here is a before and during the cleaning that will take place for a few weeks on the site. Once finished, the Observer will make another trip to the project.

Michael C. Ford