In the mid-1800s, the Butterfield Mail Company carried mail from Missouri to San Francisco via heavy Concord Stage Coaches and Celerity Wagons along a 2,800-mile route called the Butterfield Trail. Seven hundred of those miles passed through the state of Texas, and part of that original trail still runs through the Butterfield Trail golf course property today.
The course is described as an "emerald gem'' and the "new'' amid the Old West. Travelers to the area can still see the same West Texas landscapes and historic landmarks as those early mail pioneers.
Designed by legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio, Butterfield Trail Golf Club features 18 championship holes, 7,307 yards in length, highlighted by natural sand dunes, native flora and fauna, and 55 feet of elevation changes. That adds enough drama and relief for most golfers, but the overall design also enhances the area's natural topographical features to keep the golfer's ball in play.
Most golf courses have a "signature hole,'' but the vertical transitions found at Butterfield Trail make just about every hole a signature hole. There are uphill holes and downhill holes designed to help navigate El Paso's formidable winds. And the playing surface features wide fairways and a forgiving turf, making the course enjoyable for players of all skill levels. Once golfers reach the green, they'll find Dominant Plus Bent grass, which makes for one of the truest putting surfaces available.
For warming up, practicing and instruction, the club boasts a state-of-the-art facility that includes an all-grass driving range, a short-game area for chipping and pitching, a spacious putting green, and an area for private lessons.
Those lessons focus on the individual golfer, and aim to design golf instruction based upon the player's physical skills, time commitment and golfing lifestyle. A number of group instructional options are also offered, including the Ladies Beginning Golf Socials, the Adult Beginning Golf School, and the Cowboys and Cowgirls Junior Golf Camps.
The club also features a Golf Shop with products from top brands, such as: Titleist, Footjoy, Cobra, Nike, Callaway, Taylor Made, Adidas, Mercury Luggage, Monterey Club, Oakley, and Canterbury Belts. In addition, the Butterfield Golf Shop is the only one in El Paso to carry authentic, handmade Italian specialty apparel from Marbas and Artorigi. Complimentary gift wrapping is available with any purchase.
The golf course is part of the economic development of El Paso, and is located within a long-iron shot of the El Paso International Airport. In addition to golfing, the club's location and spacious 8,800-square-foot clubhouse makes for an ideal location to host parties, events and weddings.
For dining and cocktails, the club features the Salida del Sol restaurant - a full-service bar and restaurant in a relaxed setting. Banquets and catering are also available.