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San Diego's Golf Landscape

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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.

San Diego's Golf Landscape

Sneak a round into a packed itinerary of bustling beach days and wall-to-wall attractions. Or tackle a new course each day on your ultimate San Diego golfing vacation. Either way, San Diego and its 90-plus golf courses has you covered. Whether you’re an expert or just getting started, seeking luxury or sticking to a budget, there’s a course to fit your fancy.

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.


The Landscape Across Counties

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

You’ll find similar courses in the southeast part of the county, often with a warm afternoon breeze adding to the challenge. In fact, the same track can play differently from morning to afternoon due to the changing wind. Maderas, Steele Canyon, Rancho Bernardo Inn, and Sycuan Golf Resort 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 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 its immaculate layout, Morgan Run, Riverwalk and The Grand Golf Club at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar.


Premium Golf Courses

(Daily rates from $100-$230*)

North County

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

East County

  • 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.
  • 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.

Moderately Priced Courses

(Daily rates from $50-$99*)

North County

  • The Crossings at Carlsbad
    Enjoy a spectacular ocean view and high-end service at this North County golf venue.
  • 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.

Mission Valley

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

South Bay

  • 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.

East County

  • 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.

Affordable Golf Courses

(Daily rates under $50*)

North County

  • 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.
  • St. Mark Executive Golf Course
    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.
  • Pala Mesa Resort
    Pro shop, turf driving range, chipping green, lessons available.
  • Warner Springs Ranch
    Warner Springs Ranch: San Diego's secluded mountain getaway featuring hot mineral springs, championship golf, horseback riding and more.

Mission Bay

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

East County

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

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 San Diego's North County, their home. Some of them feature tours of their facilities through reservations.

* Note: 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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