Tuesday, September 27, 2016
San Diego: An Affordable Paradise for Golf
Mission Valley/Mission Bay
In centrally-located Mission Valley and Mission Bay, San Diego offers exceptional value with outstanding golf offerings.
Designed by world-renowned golf course architect Ted Robinson, Sr., Mission Bay Golf Course on Mission Bay is San Diego’s only golf course to feature stadium lighting at night. The 18-hole executive course, a longtime favorite for locals, is where Tiger Woods won a Junior World title and guests can still occasionally golf next to local resident Phil Mickelson. Green fees are $29 on weekdays and $36 on weekends and holidays.
Established in 1932, Presidio Hills Golf Course at the westernmost part of Mission Valley is one of the oldest golf courses in San Diego. Its clubhouse in the storied La Casa de Carrillo (built in 1817) is the oldest surviving house in San Diego. The perfect place for beginners and experts alike, the course features 18 funky, challenging holes of short-course golf. Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods won junior titles here. Green fees are only $10, Monday-Thursday, and $12, Friday-Sunday and holidays.
Designed by Ted Robinson, Sr. and Jr., Riverwalk Golf Club in the heart of Mission Valley features 27 holes and is recognized as one of the region's premier semi-private golf courses. An array of picturesque water features includes four lakes and the San Diego River, creating strategic diversity and a visually stunning backdrop. Green fees are $29-$89, Monday-Thursday, and $29-$99 on Friday-Sunday and holidays.
At Town and Country Resort, conveniently located adjacent to Riverwalk Golf Club, guests can enjoy preferred course access, rates and tee times.
Located in Mission Trails Regional Park, the William Bell-designed Mission Trails Golf Course features a unique blend of scenery as it traverses a valley on the first nine holes then wanders the shores of Lake Murray for a challenging second nine. The course also features a lighted driving range with grass hitting stalls. Green fees are $15-$23, Monday-Friday, and $15-$36 on weekends and holidays.
Budget-friendly golf offerings can be found throughout San Diego’s North County, an expansive region known for its diverse terrain ranging from rolling hills and verdant valleys to scenic mesas and mountains.
As the headquarters of TaylorMade Golf, Callaway Golf and Cobra Golf, as well as Titleist Golf’s research, development and assembly facility, the North County city of Carlsbad is the Silicon Valley of the golf equipment industry. TaylorMade, manufacturer of golf clubs, accessories and balls used by professionals and amateurs worldwide, offers regularly scheduled, free public tours every Thursday at 10 a.m. Visitors can call (760) 918-6000 to register for the tour.
Located north of downtown San Diego in Clairemont Mesa, Tecolote Canyon Golf Course, the only Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Sam Snead-designed golf course in San Diego, features hazards on almost every hole, several elevation changes and shots over Tecolote Creek, which winds through the 18-hole course. Named “Best Challenge at an Executive Golf Course” by Southland Golf magazine, Tecolote Canyon offers affordable green fees at $15-$21, Monday-Friday, and $15-$27 on weekends and holidays.
Recently renovated, the 18-hole Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course nestled in the pastoral hills of Rancho Bernardo has hosted PGA and LPGA events and presents golfers of all skill levels with a challenging and rewarding course. Green fees are $35-$75, Monday-Thursday, $45-$85 on Friday and $50-$103 on the weekend.
Welk Resorts San Diego in Escondido is home to two scenic 18-hole golf courses, designated by Golf Digest as one of the “Best Places to Play”: the Oaks Course, lined with beautiful oak trees and ideal for golfers looking to improve their short game, and the Fountains Course, featuring 600 acres of beautifully manicured grounds. Green fees for the Fountains are $45 on weekdays, $49 on the weekend. Green fees for the Oaks are $20 on weekdays and weekends.
Located at the base of the mountains in Escondido, Reidy Creek Golf Course, designed by course architect Cal Olson, maximizes its natural valley setting to offer 18 distinctive holes. The undulating greens are protected by dramatic bunkers and water features, providing a challenge to experienced golfers, but also extremely playable for beginners. Green fees are $39 on weekdays and $45 on weekends and holidays.
Pala Mesa Resort Golf Course in Fallbrook is one of Southern California’s most challenging golf courses. The beautifully manicured 18-hole championship course features a backdrop of mountain views and offers challenges at every turn with tree-lined fairways, seemingly narrower front nine holes, dramatic changes in elevation and visually wider fairways dominating the gentler back nine holes. Green fees are $29-$54, Monday-Thursday, and $29-$74 on Friday-Sunday.
Tree-lined fairways and beautiful rolling slopes highlight the 18-hole championship Woods Valley Golf Club in Valley Center. The course weaves through the surrounding community, following the natural contours of the countryside. Green fees are $22-$59 on weekdays and $30-$79 on weekends and holidays.
Located west of downtown San Diego, Point Loma is a classic golf destination on San Diego Bay.
Dating back to the early 1900s, The Loma Club at Liberty Station features gorgeous fairways, greens and practice facilities designed by renowned San Diego architect Cary Bickler. The landmark course features nine holes and a couple of dramatic elevation changes that treat golfers to panoramic views of downtown San Diego and the bustling harbor. Green fees are just $14, Monday-Thursday and $15 on Friday-Sunday and holidays.
Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on the region’s golf courses and offerings, visit www.sandiego.org/golf.