After many positive contributions to golf in New Mexico, the Hilton Open Golf Tournament has been retired. It has been 45 wonderful and rewarding years.
We hope that you will continue to visit our fine community and great golf course.
Thank you for all of your support and participation throughout the years.
The Hilton Committee
For 45 years, the annual Hilton Open has been a week-long golf event
held in Socorro, New Mexico, on the New Mexico Tech campus during
the first full week of June. The University and its course have offered
an oasis in the desert of the Rio Grande valley, an hour south of
Albuquerque. Hilton week has been packed with events for both
professional and amateur golfers.
The event was the longest-running golf tournament in New
Mexico, and enjoyed a long history of noteworthy players,
sponsors, and events. Among those players have been Rich Beem, Don
Klein, Gene Torres, Adam Kase, Ray Cragun, Shaun Haberstoh, and
Mike Sauer; some of whom have been involved with the Hilton Open
since its start in 1960. Over the past 45 years, the Hilton grew from a single nine-hole event, to a multi-event
competition including the notorious Elfego Baca Shoot.
Other events during Hilton week were the
Senior/Senior Pro-Am, Senior Pro Tournament, and the regular
Hilton Pro-Am. The Hilton Open is known by players and spectators
throughout the southwest for great golf, great volunteers, great
food, and great hospitality. The tournament and all associated
Pro-Ams were sanctioned by the Sun Country Section PGA.
If you would like additional information not found on this web site or if
you have further questions, you can still contact the tournament
coordinator at First State Bank at 505.835.8211.