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The Crossings at Carlsbad Opens for Play

The Crossings at Carlsbad, the city’s first municipal course and one of the most heralded golf venues in San Diego County history, officially opened to the public on Saturday, August 11.

By ELI MILLERPublished: August, 2007

The Crossings at Carlsbad, the city’s first municipal course and one of the most heralded golf venues in San Diego County history, officially opened to the public on Saturday, August 11.

With a majestic 28,000-square-foot clubhouse, a state-of-the-art practice area, and a unique layout, The Crossings has instantly become one of the most complete golf facilities in Southern California.

“It’s really a special property,” said general manager Jeff Perry. “There’s definitely a sense of ownership with the community of Carlsbad.”

Designed by Greg Nash and managed by Kemper Sports, The Crossings is situated on 400 acres of undisturbed land and features two distinct nines. The front, which offers ocean views, eases golfers into the round, Perry said, with the back nine a more canyon-style course.

“There are forced carries and drop-offs, along with doglegs and blind tee shots,” Perry said. “It’s a challenge from the back and you must hit it straight.”

The course’s opening is 19 years in the making, as the idea was initially proposed to the city in 1988 but was delayed due to circumstances such as environmental conflicts and unfortunate tragedy.

That tragedy, a fatal plane crash on July 3, forced the creation of a temporary green on the third hole. However, the original green is slated to be ready by the end of September.

Golfers are pleased the wait is over.

“I’m very impressed. It was definitely well worth the wait,” said Carlsbad resident Michael Ford, who played The Crossings on opening day.
With five sets of tees — ranging from 5,030 yards to 6,835 yards from the tips — the course can accommodate players of all skill levels. The main tests at The Crossings are the subtle elevation changes and the undulating greens.

“The first time through, some of the fairways are visually intimidating, but I think ultimately they’re fair,” said San Diegan Steve Dern.

One of the highlights of the property is the driving range, which features advanced synthetic turf technology—hitting stations are situated on one continuous line rather than individual mat areas.

Another highlight is the picturesque clubhouse, which will also be home to The Canyons restaurant beginning September 1.

“The clubhouse is a prize for Carlsbad,” said city resident Scott Pieratt.

Green fees range from $40-$110. For more information, call (760) 444-1800, or visit thecrossingsatcarlsbad.com.