I travel a lot for business, and when I do I always try to check out the local golf courses—firstly just because it's a great way to stretch your legs and relax before a big meeting, but also because I genuinely love the game.
Believe me when I say the Crossings At Carlsbad Golf in San Diego is among the finest course I've played!
To start, the course is immaculately kept. The greens are kept free of debris; people replace their divots; everything looks nice and new and shiny.
When I arrived they had my Taylormade m2 golf club rentals waiting in my cart and offered helpful advice on dealing with some of the weird weather San Diego was hit with while I was visiting.
The property is HUGE. You'll want a cart to get around it. The rolling hills and frequent elevation changes offer a fair challenge over your standard flat course. I found myself hitting into the wind a few times; but I mean, it's a windy area. What do you expect? In the back half, there are a few really great canyons to hit over, both scenic and challenging. I think I spent about five hours there when I visited, though I imagine I'd move a little faster next time, now that I know the course.
In all I think Carlsbad offers something for both beginners and more advanced golfers; I could see myself bringing my family here someday (and then maybe visiting the nearby LEGOLand afterwards!).
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the views, too—oceans on one side, and the valley on the other. Certainly a far cry from the city courses I'm used to. The course is also located right near a Hilton (I didn't stay there, but it's nice to know there's a hotel right nearby in case I get to visit again).
I took a few of my partners to lunch here later in the weekend, and everyone was impressed with their meals. (Try the burger with the homemade chips.) One of the people in my party was a vegetarian, and the restaurant had no trouble accommodating them. Prices were reasonable, and the atmosphere was great—we enjoyed panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean while dining. Truly memorable.
The only real drawback I experienced was the course's proximity to the airport; I could've done without the sounds of airplanes buzzing by disrupting the tranquility of the course. But other than that, I had a wonderful time here!
Everyone I talked to while I was here was warm and friendly (unlike certain other courses I've been to). I loved that they had court marshals at many of the holes to offer you help and advice.
I can't wait until I'm traveling out west so I can tee up at Carlsbad again! I wonder what it looks like at sunset?
Phone: (760) 444-1800
Address: 5800 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad, CA, 92008