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Best of San Diego

From the coast to the wineries and casinos of Temecula, San Diego County offers terrific golf.

by Southland GolfPublished: May, 2012

Park Hyatt Aviara
Carlsbad
(760) 448-1234 • parkhyattaviara.com
On Southern California’s sun-drenched Pacific coast just north of San Diego, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort lies on the north shore of Batiquitos Lagoon – a vast protected wildlife sanctuary and an enclave of natural beauty. Expansive facilities for meetings and special events are enhanced by complete resort amenities, from acclaimed dining to a full-service spa, swimming, tennis, a fitness center and an Arnold Palmer-designed, 18-hole, championship golf course.

Pala Mesa
Fallbrook
(760) 731-6803 • palamesa.com
The Pala Mesa Resort Golf Course is one of Southern California’s most challenging golf courses. This beautifully manicured 18-hole, Par 72, championship course accented with magnificent oaks, sycamores, and elms continues to be recognized as one of the most beautiful San Diego golf courses. Spectacular mountain views provide the backdrop, and there are challenges at every turn. It is available for organized events including corporate retreats, charity events and family tournaments or reunions.

The Crossings at Carlsbad
Carlsbad
(760) 444-1800 • thecrossingsatcarlsbad.com
The Crossings at Carlsbad is more than just a golf course as it captures the warm, friendly spirit of its own unique seaside community. Inspired by its surrounding, natural-coastal habitation, Pacific Ocean views and protected native flora and fauna, The Crossings is a “must play” for those seeking a variety of fun and a rewarding golf design.

La Costa Resort & Spa
Carlsbad
(855) 422-4679 • lacosta.com
California’s original destination for Mind, Body + Sport, La Costa Resort and Spa recently underwent a $50-million redesign. Everything from guest rooms and suites to golf courses and the lobby has been upgraded. Ranked No. 1 in Southern California for golf and spa by GOLF Magazine and Spa Magazine, La Costa has added to its list of amenities the Edge Adult Pool, Diversions Sport Lounge and three dining options.

San Vicente Resort
Ramona
(800) 776-1289 • sdcea.net
Surrounded by the Cuyamaca Mountains near Poway and Lakeside, the golf course meanders through the picturesque valley, framed in giant oaks and cottonwoods. The course offers much variety and challenges players of all levels for individual and tournament play. History is prevalent on the course , where you can see rock outcroppings once used by Native Americans for grinding acorns. The facility offers a driving range and short-game practice area.

Rancho Bernardo Inn
Rancho Bernardo
(877) 517-9340 • ranchbernardoinn.com
It’s a place to visit again and again, each time experiencing something different – each time finding a new favorite spot to call your own. It’s a place as warm and welcoming as home but better – because every element, each experience and all of the details have been thought out. It’s a place to play, to relax, to unwind, to reconnect.

Escondido Country Club
Escondido
(760) 743-3301 • escondidocc.com
Escondido Country Club is San Diego’s most fun and friendly golf experience. For years Escondido Country Club was exclusively private, and only members had access to the golf, excellent dining and the nation’s best weather.

Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort
El Cajon
(800) 457-5568 • sycuanresort.com
Just 20 minutes from downtown, Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort offers spacious and comfortable rooms for a golf getaway, family vacation, meeting or special event. All 100 rooms offer beautiful views of the golf courses, pools and private putting greens. Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort offers accommodations and amenities expected from a first-class destination resort.

Lake San Marcos Resort
Lake San Marcos
(760) 744-1310 • lakesanmarcosresort.com
A championship golf course with rolling hills, lake views, fountains and near-perfect weather. Members also enjoy top-notch food at Gordon’s on the Green, with outdoor fire pits on the patio, and a really comfortable member’s meeting room, called the Trophy Room s well as a well-manicured, grass-only driving range, large practice putting green, practice sand trap and two additional short-game practice areas - not to mention the pools, four tennis courts and popular Pro Shop.