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Escape to San Diego for the Holidays

San Diego's climate and natural beauty make it a premier golf destination in the United States. Few areas can rival San Diego's diverse array of courses and landscapes, from the oceanfront majesty of Torrey Pines to the mountain views of Maderas, golfers are sure to enjoy the links in America's Finest City. If there was a motto for golf in San Diego, it'd have to be the famous paraphrase "So Many Golf Courses, So Little Time". Add awesome year-round weather to the mix and you have our golfing paradise. Or as they say in the business: a "golf destination."

There are more than 80 golf courses in the San Diego area with enough variety in length and architectural style to satisfy any taste and golfing ability. The menu caters to the avid golfer, the expert, the family... pretty much to anyone who can swing a golf club.

San Diego's Golf Landscape

San Diego’s North County Inland features desert-style courses with bushy vegetation, fantastic panoramic views, and dramatic changes in elevation.

Similar design is also found in the southeast part of the county. These courses feature the afternoon warm desert breeze as a challenge to the players. In fact, the same track can play differently from morning to afternoon due to the changing wind. MaderasSteele Canyon, Rancho Bernardo Inn, and Sycuan are perfect examples of this type of course.

The golf courses along the west side of the county present another type of wind: the cool sea breeze, which also typically comes into play by mid to late morning. These are flatter courses that can also feature elevation changes to make club selection a real puzzle to any player. Examples of west-side courses include Torrey Pines -- home of the Farmers Insurance Open, 2008 US Open and Junior World Championships -- with its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Aviara and it immaculate layout, Morgan Run, Riverwalk and The Grand Golf Club at The Grand Del Mar -- the only Tom Fazio design in the county.

Premium Golf Courses

(Daily rates from $100-$230*)

Aviara Golf Club
#1 Golf Resort on the West Coast - 2006 Conde Nast Traveler.

Barona Creek Golf Club
Barona Creek Golf Club, ranked by Golfweek as 4th Best Casino Course in the U.S., 4th Best Course You Can Play in California and 3rd Best Resort Course in California.

The Grand Golf Club
Enjoy 18 holes of golf at the The Grand Golf Club, offering San Diego County's only Tom Fazio-designed golf course.

Maderas Golf Club
Selected as the number one golf course in San Diego for five consecutive years by the Zagat Survey. Designed by Johnny Miller and Robert Muir Graves.

Rancho Bernardo Inn
Rancho Bernardo Inn's 18-hole Championship Resort Golf Course is a part of the JC Golf Course Collection and is situated in a peaceful valley complete with tree-lined fairways and near-perfect weather year-round.

Torrey Pines Golf Course
Home of the PGA Farmers Insurance Open and the 2008 U.S. Open. TPGC features two championship 18-hole golf courses. Open to the public.

Moderately Priced Courses

(Daily rates from $50-$99*)

The Crossings at Carlsbad
A spectacular ocean view and high-end service and amenities make San Diego's newest golf venue a must for all visitors.

Riverwalk Golf Club
American Golf's 27-hole championship resort golf course. Located five minutes from downtown. Tournaments, golf lessons, driving range and banquets.

Salt Creek Golf Club
Salt Creek combines a naturally beautiful location with a links-style golf course to create one of San Diego's most distinctive golf venues.

San Vicente Golf
This championship PGA approved course, designed by Ted Robinson, offers 18 challenging holes with Par 72 meandering through the picturesque valley, framed in giant oak and cottonwood trees. Just 40 minutes from the center of San Diego.

Steele Canyon Golf Club
This 27-hole championship course has been awarded Golf Digest's Four and a Half Star Rating.

Temecula Creek Inn
Temecula Creek Inn features 27-Holes of Championship Golf surrounded by over 300 acres of rustic beauty, dramatic elevation changes, sweeping mountain views and year-round sunny weather.

Affordable Golf Courses

(Daily rates under $50*)

Doubletree Golf Resort
Arnold Palmer-managed 18-hole course. The Doubletree Golf Resort is located at the intersection of Carmel Mountain Road and Penasquitos Drive, 23 miles northeast of San Diego International airport.

Lake San Marcos Resort
Surrounding a lake, nestled in rolling hills and just 8 miles from the Pacific, its climate is a perfect combination of warm and sunny with refreshing ocean breezes.

Mission Bay Golf Resort
18-holes night-lit golf course, practice range, PGA-LPGA golf instruction.

Pala Mesa Resort
Pro shop, turf driving range, chipping green, lessons available.

Sycuan Golf
54 holes of golf, spa, tennis, dining, 2000 slots, table games, poker and bingo.

Warner Springs Ranch
Warner Springs Ranch: San Diego's secluded mountain getaway featuring hot mineral springs, championship golf, horseback riding and more.

Golf Industry in San Diego

Not only have golf courses comprised the landscape of golf in the area. Major manufacturing companies like Callaway, Taylor Made, Cobra, Aldila, and Titleist have made Carlsbad, in North County, their home. Some of them feature tours of their facilities through reservations.

Overall, the menu is abundant with layouts of high pedigree. You can vacation in San Diego year after year and not play the same golf course twice. From a family outing to a corporate golf event or just a day alone on the links, you'll find the perfect course for you.

*All prices listed are weekday mornings for non-residents and non-members. Rates may be lower for hotel/resort guests. All rates subject to change without notification.

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