Sun, sand, surf, scenic mountain and ocean views and golf! What more could a golfer ask for? Our Top 15 San Diego courses have everything the casual weekend golfer or the serious practitioner could ask for.
1. Torrey Pines
Torrey Pines bills itself as "the nation's foremost municipal golf course." Indeed, with the magnificent views of the Pacific, few courses can challenge Torrey Pines' majestic beauty. And the course, home to the 2008 U.S. Open, offers a myriad of challenges.
Cost: $61 (residents) - $183
2. Arrowood Golf Club
Designed by world-renowned architect Ted Robinson Jr., signature hole is the 465-yard, par-4 No. 16
Cost: $35 (residents) - $117
3. CrossCreek Golf Club
This Arthur Hills-designed course provides plenty of challenges as well as majestic splendor.
4. EastLake Country Club
Another Ted Robinson gem. This 18-hole, par 72 championship course includes 72 sand traps, four sets of tees, and colorful bluegrass and rye fairways. EastLake Country Club features almost 1,000 trees, six lakes and three waterfalls.
5. La Costa Golf Resort & Spa
Try your hand at the Champions Course designed by Dick Wilson or the Legends course.
6. Park Hyatt Resort Aviara
Designed by Arnold Palmer, this resort was named by readers of Condé Nast Traveler as the No. 1 golf resort in SoCal and by Golf Digest and Golf magazine as one of the best courses in the country.
7. Pala Mesa Golf Resort
This 18-hole, Par 72, championship course, accented with magnificent oaks, sycamores, and elms, continues to be recognized as one of the most beautiful - and challenging - in Southern California.
8. The Crossings at Carlsbad
This is a must play golf course for those seeking a challenging, risk-reward golf adventure. Read the complete review (click here)
Phone: 760-444-1800 ext. 2
9. Maderas Golf Club
Rated one of America's top 100 Greatest public courses by Golf Digest, this Johnny Miller masterpiece offers beauty and challenge as it winds through the cliffs, rock outcroppings, creeks, and forests of the inland hill country of north San Diego.
10. The Vineyard at Escondido
Designed by David Rainville, this course offers magnificent mountain views, acres upon acres of wildlife preserves, pristine wetlands and five majestic lakes.
11. The Grand Golf Club
Ranked 24th and 12th respectively on Golf Magazine and Golfweek's Best Public Courses in California list in 2013, this Tom Fazio-designed course, The Grand Golf Club, measures 7,160 yards from the longest of six sets of tees. The course, which is rarely crowded, features holes that seem independent of each other. The signature hole is the 421-yard, par-4 18th.
12. Temecula Creek Inn Golf Resort
This 27-Hole championship golf course is surrounded by more than 300 acres of natural beauty—dramatic elevation changes, majestic mountain views, and sunshine.
13. Riverwalk Golf Club
Every hole of this magnificent course was meticulously designed by Ted Robinson, Sr. and Jr. in the old style, leaving the terrain completely natural. It is challenging for low handicappers, but offers an enjoyable experience for golfers of all abilities.
14. Steele Canyon Golf Club
27 holes of championship caliber await at this Gary Player-designed resort. Choose from the Canyon, Ranch or Vineyard courses and you'll see why Golf Digest gives this resort 4.5 stars.
15. Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course
This semi-private club, designed by Ron Fream, has hosted qualifying for both the San Diego Open and the U.S. Open. This course is definitely not for the faint of heart. It is as demanding as it is beautiful.