The Golf Course Architect Baxter Spann had this to say about #16:
” We looked at several options for using this canyon to get back to the other side of the ridge from the valley floor. I had initially favored a short uphill par four to the current green location, but Eddie Peck and Pat Brockwell suggested a tee location on a high point on the west side of the valley, playing downhill across the arroyo, and then climbing steeply on the second shot. In the preliminary plans the narrow neck of fairway which climbs up to the second landing area was to be left as a natural arroyo. However, we decided during construction to run a culvert under the fairway and give the player at least a chance to run an accurately played shot up the middle to the “promised land” past the deep bunker on the left. Once past this hazard, a ball has a fair possibility of finding the green, as the right side will kick anything hit there toward the putting surface, which is open in front. The green itself is probably the most severely contoured of any on the course and the surrounds fall away sharply on the left side and in back. “
Obviously I don’t need to say much more after that, but I would encourage you to click thru to their site and consider giving Black Mesa Golf Club a try the next time you’re near La Mesilla, New Mexico.