San Diego is not just known for its Craft Beer but also for the marvelous Golf Courses. With a perfect climate and a great coastline, the city boasts more than 90 golf courses, most of which are in North San Diego alone. The golf courses in San Diego are sprawled along the seaside, deserts, and valleys. When you ask anyone about the golf courses in San Diego, most of them would suggest the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course, but the beauty of SoCal does not stop at the oceanic blue Pacific coast. North County promises some of the most scenic and challenging layouts.
‘Surf the Earth’ at Maderas
You might not be on the ocean while at Maderas, but the place has no shortage of water. The five waterfalls and three lakes compliment the nice mix of long and short holes in a chaparral surrounding. It is one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in San Diego with narrow fairways and carriers. Each hole has tons of distance markers and two white rods that indicate where to enter/exit the fairway with your golf cart. At the 8th hole, you are able to order food via telephone and pick up at the snack shop two holes later. This course is located in between lush hillsides and spectacular residential homes. This public course offers a private club feel and is well maintained, with rates around $150-$170 per round.
At Maderas, you can “Surf the Earth” with their unique Golfboards. Jump on it and round the golf course to witness spectacular views in and around. Powered by an environmentally friendly lithium-ion battery, the GolfBoard is an easy-to-ride vehicle that adds a new level of fun and excitement for golfers of all ages, allowing golfers to ‘Surf the Earth’ in a way that feels similar to snowboarding, surfing, or skateboarding.
Golf by the San Diego River
Riverwalk Golf Club encompasses three nine-hole layouts that can be combined in a variety of ways to create a unique experience every time you play. Distinctive in character but consistent in quality, every hole was meticulously designed by Ted Robinson, Sr. and Jr. in the old style, leaving the terrain completely natural.
This San Diego Golf Course boasts mature stands of palm, oak and eucalyptus trees frame undulating fairways and manicured greens, with numerous wetland areas, nearly 100 bunkers and an array of picturesque water features – including four lakes and the San Diego River – creating both strategic diversity and a visually stunning backdrop for golf. While challenging for low handicappers, the course offers multiple tees on each hole, ensuring an enjoyable experience for golfers of all abilities.
A lovely, established club in the heart of Bernardo Heights, San Diego.
Sprawling grounds, gorgeous landscaping and old world charm makes Bernardo Heights Country Club a great golf course. The practice facilities are excellent including the grass driving range, two separate putting greens, and bunker and chipping practice areas. Playing a round of golf takes no more than three to four hours and that leaves everyone with plenty of time to enjoy the newly renovated clubhouse for a meal and a drink.
Tucked away in a quiet, secluded valley of Rancho Santa Fe
A Joseph Lee designed golf course, Del Mar Country Club offers an exciting experience. The course is naturally beautiful with green terrains and breathtaking vistas. Native flora and fauna, as well as beautiful bodies of water including streams, waterfalls, and blue lakes surround the property. Del Mar Country Club is known for its championship course that is equally as mesmerizing as it is challenging. The course has five tee settings to ensure your experience is unique and adventurous for any level of play.
18-hole championship golf course
Rancho Bernardo Inn recently renovated its 18 Hole Championship Golf Course, the same course that hosted both LPGA and PGA events. The Rancho Bernardo Inn golf course invites golfers of all levels to come and experience a challenging and rewarding golf session. It is one of the oldest golf courses in San Diego with a history of over 50 years.
Oaks Course or the Fountains Course?
Welk Resort is another of North County’s golf attractions with options to play either their Oaks Course or the Fountains Course. The 18 hole golf courses were designed by David Rainville and have been in play since 1964. Both of the courses are scenic with natural beauty all around and are designated as the “best places to play golf” by Golf Digest. As the name suggest, the Oaks Course is surrounded by oak trees with great fairways and marvelous greens. It’s a challenging course for all skill levels and is ideal for golfers looking to improve their short game. And if you are looking for a little added fun, you can book a tee time to play Footgolf on the Oaks Course. The Fountains Course expands over 600 acres and is good for all levels of golfers. It is an ideal place to hold golf tournaments.
SoCal’s Challenging Golf Course
This 18 hole, par 72 championship golf course is complimented with extraordinary oak trees, elms and sycamores and is labeled as San Diego’s most beautiful Golf Course. At Pala Mesa Resort, you have a spectacular Mountain View backdrop while playing the game and the tree-lined fairways makes it a challenging play. The changes and elevations in the front nine holes of this course are dramatic and it gets visually wider with the later nine holes. Book your tee time at this beautiful golf course today.