On the first tee at The Crossings, your senses come alive to the bouquet of coastal sage and chaparral, the scent of a salty ocean breeze and the array of yellows, oranges and shades of green of the indigenous flora. You suddenly realize that you are standing in a special place.
The first hole is a sporty par-4. As I prepared to hit my drive from the elevated tee, I couldn’t help but feel a little distracted as I viewed the sparkling blue Pacific to the west, just a mile in the distance, and the peninsular mountain range to the east.
The Crossings is another magnificent Greg Nash design, presenting a combination of beauty, flexibility and challenging risk/reward playability. The Crossings, a Municipal facility with a Country Club feel, is the visionary product of the city of Carlsbad in collaboration with Nash, the celebrated golf course architect, credited with more than 80 golf course designs.
Anyone visiting The Crossings will soon realize that they are experiencing a full service operation. Patrons can avail themselves to first class dining at the award winning Canyons restaurant. A full range of golf instruction at the state-of-the-art practice facilities, featuring “tee-line” technology, a short game practice area and a large putting green are open to the public.
The Crossings was named in acknowledgement of the five bridges that span the arroyos. The course’s many thought-provoking, shot-making options and breathtaking views stand out. It’s obvious that Nash had Mother Nature in mind and used the natural terrain in order to protect the indigenous flora and fauna.
The course offers five sets of tees, accommodating any skill level. The signature hole is No. 7, a challenging par-5 that can play as long as 556 yards and features a stunning waterfall as the background of its multi-tiered green - protected by a water hazard on the right.
If you are looking for a golf experience that presents a number of challenging tee shots from elevated surfaces, awe-inspiring views, a friendly staff and the local feel of a seaside community, then I urge you to play The Crossings at Carlsbad. Book your time tee time today.