Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, New Mexico, celebrated its opening on May 18, 2015, with a ceremonial first drive by Fred Couples, a Hall of Fame professional golfer and former three-time captain of the Presidents Cup U.S. team.

PGA TOUR Hall of Fame golfer Fred Couples hits ceremonial first drive to officially open Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, New Mexico on Monday, May 18, 2015.

PGA TOUR Hall of Fame golfer Fred Couples hits ceremonial first drive to officially open Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, New Mexico on Monday, May 18, 2015.

“We are most fortunate to have Fred Couples join us for our grand opening celebration,” said Hobbs City Manager J.J. Murphy. “Fred is admired not only for his impressive playing record but also as a gracious competitor, role model and approachable personality. This will be a memorable day for Hobbs.”

The municipal facility includes a championship 18-hole course, a 9-hole par-3 circuit and expansive practice facilities all designed by Scottsdale, Arizona, architect Andy Staples, ASGCA. Embracing the name “Community Links,” a concept introduced by Staples, the focus of the entire project was to link the golf course to the fabric of life in Hobbs. Rockwind Community Links provides a welcoming environment to bring families, kids and new golfers of all ages together via the game of golf.

The main course, which offers five sets of tees with playing lengths ranging from over 7,100 yards for the accomplished player down to approximately 4,200 yards for the forward “express” tees, has been designed to embrace the flat nature of the southeastern New Mexico landscape, keeping irrigation to a minimum and the turf fast and firm. The design provides challenging features such as large elevated greens, disguised bunkers and interesting ground contours. Architect Andy Staples has incorporated characteristics typically found on courses along the eastern Seaboard of the U.S. built during the turn of the 20th century. Rock walls line fairways and a large interior lake is in play on a few holes that attractively punctuates the course routing.

The 9-hole par-3 course called Li’l Rock is meant to complement the expanded practice range and short game area. It was built to facilitate walking, families, beginner golfers and kids.