Monday, December 10, 2007

Plaudits for El Paso's Butterfield Trail

Butterfield Trail Golf Club in El Paso, owned by the city's Department of Aviation and designed by Tom Fazio, has earned recognition from Golf magazine as one of the "Top 10 New Courses You Can Play" in the magazine's Jan. 2008 issue.

Butterfield Trail is No. 2 on the list, trailing only Chambers Bay Golf Course in Washington on the publication's ranking of the 10 best new tracks open to the public.

Golf says of the El Paso course:

Tom Fazio is known for his sylized, flawlessly landscaped, big-budget designs that are as polished as a Beverly Hills trophy wife. At Butterfield Trail, not far from El Paso International Airport, each hole is named for a different Stagecoach stop on the 2,800-mile Missouri-to-San Francisco trail used by the Butterfield Overland Mail Company from 1858 to 1861. The fairways are wide enough to accommodate shots in the roaring west Texas winds, but there are sufficient strategic options to keep you interested. The Trail's final stop is its finest, a classic gambler's par-5 of 566 yards that buttonhooks to the right around a lake. If you want an on-time arrival at the green, your approach had better be letter-perfect.

Back in February we wrote about Butterfield trail here, in a post that included several photos.

Golf Digest has its annual rankings, too, in its Jan. 2008, issue, and Hal Sutton's Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg was named No. 10 on GD's ranking of the Best New Private Courses.

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