New Mexico Golf News

Editor, online golf news/travel; freelance golf travel writer

Location: Albuquerque, N.M.


Phone(s): (505) 350-3805

Vukelich, DanDan Vukelich is a freelance writer who has written about travel, with a specialty in golf travel. He edits New Mexico Golf News, a site for New Mexico Golfers.

Outlets he has written for include Golf Chicago, The Met Golfer (NYC), Golf Oklahoma, AZ Golf Insider, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Ventura County (Los Angeles) Star, Golf Getaways Magazine (formerly Fairways + Greens), New England Golf Monthly, Southern New England Golfer, and Hawaii Golf and Travel News.

Dan also has written about golf travel for the Morning Read’s Where to Golf Next website, and for, an online subscription newsletter with the inside dope for frequent business travelers edited by Joe Brancatelli, former publisher of Frequent Flier Magazine.

He has been a news reporter or editor for The Albuquerque Tribune, The Washington Times, City News Bureau of Chicago, Santa Fe New Mexican, Daily Southtown (Chicago) Economist and several other local newspapers. He served as regular weekly political-affairs host and producer for the New Mexico Public Television (KNME-TV) shows “At Week’s End,” “Stateline New Mexico” and “In Focus.” He was the investigative news producer half of KOB-TV’s “4 Wants to Know” team, and was paired with veteran New Mexico TV newsman Conroy Chino.

He is the former editor of Sun Country Golf, a regional magazine for New Mexico. He also produced “New Mexico Golf Tour,” a travelogue broadcast in 19 PBS TV markets in the early 2000s.

Some of Dan’s freelance golf-business and golf-travel clients have included the Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico Business Weekly, Southern New England Golfer, Hawaii Golf and Travel News, Golf Oklahoma, Albuquerque the Magazine, New Mexico Magazine and Prime Time (Albuquerque) Magazine.

Dan is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the Society of Professional Journalists, and he has served on the boards of several New Mexico journalism organizations, including the board of the Rio Grande Chapter of SPJ.

In early 2014, Dan briefly left golf-travel writing to form a new alternative weekly newspaper in Albuquerque, ABQ Free Press  which he ran until it ceased publication in March 2017.

While with The Albuquerque Tribune, Dan won an award from the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., for a year-long series exposing corruption and conflicts of interest in the New Mexico Legislature.

He was part of an Albuquerque Tribune team that won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for national public service reporting for exposing chronic weaknesses in New Mexico’s prosecution of repeat drunken drivers. The same team won the American Bar Association’s  Silver Gavel Award and the Press Club of Atlantic City’s National Headliner Award.

During his tenure with The Albuquerque Tribune, he also won numerous New Mexico Press Association, Albuquerque Press Club and Associated Press Managing Editors awards for investigative reporting, enterprise reporting and breaking news reporting. While with The Tribune, he was named Scripps Howard Newspapers’ Reporter of the Year and Team Reporter of the Year. He served as a member of or as leader of teams of reporters who adapted early database analysis techniques to investigative and explanatory journalism.

He is the only New Mexico reporter to finish second twice in a statewide New Mexico journalism competition to a reporter whose work won a Pulitzer Prize that year. There have been two Pulitzer Prize winners from New Mexico.

Links to some of Dan’s golf-travel articles:

2018 Fall, Winter Golf Deals

Altitude’s Effect on Golf Ball Distance When You Travel

Where to Golf Next: Paa-Ko Ridge

Utah’s Red Ledges: Beauty in the High Desert

N.M.’s Paa-Ko Ridge GC Sold; Lodge, Cottages Coming

ABQ Free Press: Tucson Golf: More greens for your green

Chicago Tribune: Driving Golf Trips from Chicago

AZ Golf Insider: Nicaragua, the New Golf Frontier

Chicago Tribune: Pinehurst: Golf’s Giant Step Back

Golf Oklahoma: Golf in Albuquerque