San Diego’s Top Golf Courses

With its near perfect climate, San Diego is one of the best year-round golf destinations on the planet. Featuring a large number of courses in a wide variety of styles, there are courses for players of any level, from those just beginning to the seasoned pro. We have compiled a list of some of the premier golf courses, all you have to do is book a tee time.
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Torrey Pines, La Jolla
San Diego’s most well-known golf course. Situated on top of the cliffs above the breathtaking Torrey Pines Reserve, this course features stunning views of the pacific ocean and coastline. It hosts high profile golf tournaments almost yearly. If you had the chance to only play one course here in San Diego, this would be it. All information can be found right here.
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Omni La Costa Golf Resort, La Costa
A Gold Medal Golf Resort, the Omni La Costa boasts a combination of rich tournament history with a very prominent list of guests. Played by many pros and celebrities alike, this resort features two courses that are excellent for players of all skill levels. Their “Champions Course” is Dick Wilson’s only California designed course, and hosted the 2012 LPGA Kia Classic. Combine all of this with a world-class spa, and you have yourself a perfect vacation destination. All info here.
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Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad
Overlooking the beautiful Batiquitos Lagoon nature preserve, the Aviara is one of the top golf resorts in Southern California. This is the only coastal California course designed by Arnold Palmer, and features 18 holes stretched out over 7,000 yards of carefully landscaped hillsides right on the lagoon. It also features a whopping 32,000 square foot Spanish Colonial Clubhouse and will be featuring the LGPA Kia Classic early next year. Info here.
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Maderas Golf Club, Poway
One of San Diego’s top public golf courses, this Johnny Miller and Robert Muir Graves design effortlessly blends strategy and beauty as it takes you through the inland country of North San Diego’s creeks, rock outcroppings, forests, and cliffs. With award winning conditions and the accessibility of hosting various events, this club is a great destination for golf and much more. Info here.
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Steele Canyon Golf Club, Jamul
Although a little out of North County, those willing to make the trek out to Jamul are rarely disappointed. This 27 hole course, designed by Gary Player, features dramatic changes in elevation and some of the most pure putting greens, and is as challenging as it is fun. More info can be found right here.
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The Crossings at Carlsbad, Carlsbad
This 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Greg Nash, a nationally renowned course designer and architect. It features a variety of challenging terrain that challenges golfers of all skill levels. Now with a new online booking system, playing at this beautiful course is easier than ever! Info here.
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The Grand Golf Club, Carmel Valley
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This beautiful Los Peñasquitos Canyon course was crafted by Tom Fazio, the world renowned golf course designer. Nestled in the heart of Carmel Valley, this excellent and challenging course is paired with one of the most luxurious clubhouses in Southern California. This is a great pick for those who love a true resort experience. All information can be found right here.
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Rancho Bernardo Inn, Rancho Bernardo
This 18-hole championship course has been recently renovated, and has held both LPGA and PGA events, featuring courses that are challenging and rewarding for all types of players. With stunning fairways and great views, this is a top-notch course. More info here.
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Sycuan Golf Resort, El Cajon
This beautiful golf resort has a whopping 54 holes of high quality golf. Perfect for those looking for a place to play a variety of golf without dealing with all of the hassle of getting around because, with their three courses and excellent resort amenities, you don’t have to! Info and booking here.
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Morgan Run Golf Club, Rancho Santa Fe
*Private
Located just east of the Polo fields, Morgan Run Country Club is an excellent place to relax and, of course, golf. The course features many picturesque holes and memorable water features, as well as beautiful rolling greens and an endless supply of palm trees. Totaling 27 holes, this is a great course for players of all skill levels. More info here.
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Fairbanks Ranch Golf Club, Rancho Santa Fe
*Private
With 27 holes spread across 274 acres and no homes built on the course, the Fairbanks Ranch Golf Club is stunning to say the least. The three 9-hole courses and 5 tee areas make for a variety of different play options catering to golfers of every skill level. They also feature many competitive, as well as social, golf tournaments throughout the year. Info here.
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Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, Solana Beach
*Private
Sculpted from the Solana Beach’s rolling hills, the Lomas Santa Fe Country club features two different courses. The first is a par 72, championship layout, designed by William Bell. The second is their par 56 18-hole executive course designed by Robert Trent Jones, one of the best executive courses in San Diego. Both of these courses feature ocean views, undulating fairways, and expertly manicured greens. More info here.
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The Farms Golf Club, Rancho Santa Fe
*Private
This Private golf club is host to many highly skilled members, and prides itself on its consistent high-level play. The course was redesigned and remodeled by golf course architect John Fought and PGA tour professional Tom Lehman. Find out more here.
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Santaluz Golf Club, Black Mountain Ranch
*Private
This 300 acre championship style course was designed by Rees Jones. This award-winning native landscape is complemented by minimalist course architecture in effort to really bring out the best in the course. More info can be found here.
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The Crosby Golf Club, Rancho Santa Fe
*Private
The highlight of this course is the elevation changes, with the fifth hole being a whopping 423 yard par 4 with the tee box sitting 200 feet above the green. With these dramatic elevation changes the whole course is picturesque, with a ravine, rock formations, and many native flora and fauna. Click here for more info.
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