FARMINGTON — The New Mexico Activities Association selected Piñon Hills Golf Course as one of three courses around the state that will be part of the state championship rotation.
Piñon Hills, along with Canyon Club in Albuquerque and Spring River in Roswell, will host the high school golf tournaments from 2015 to 2017.
"Each of these courses is known for their first class facilities yet challenging layouts. This makes them a perfect fit for the state high school golf championships," NMAA Executive Director Sally Marquez said in a press release. "Special thanks are due not only to the courses themselves, but also to the communities of Albuquerque, Farmington and Roswell for serving as host to over 300 of our student-athletes and their families."
Piñon Hills will host the 6A championship on May 11 to 12, 2015, the 5A championship on May 9 to 10, 2016, and 4A/A championship on May 8 to 9, 2017.
Piñon Hills General Manager Chris Jones said he learned from the NMAA that the organization was looking for host courses, so he submitted a proposal to bring the tournaments to Farmington.
"They gave us the requirements and what they would need from us. The most important thing, though, is having a good golf course, and we have that," Jones said.
Some of the requirements for hosting the event include having the course available for practice rounds on Sunday, shotgun start on Monday and tee times on Tuesday the week of the tournament. Courses also need to have carts available for spectators to rent and a restaurant on site to feed players.
Jones said bringing in the players, coaches and families for a few days will hopefully provide a boost to Farmington and the course.
"I think it will help the community. The hotels and restaurants in the area will be frequented. We'll get the sales from the pro shop and cart rentals," Jones said. "We hope it will help with return business, as well, and remind people there is a good course up in this corner of the state."
Piñon Hills opened in 1989 and last hosted a high school state championship in 2004.