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Must See Golf Courses in San Diego
Three outstanding golf courses in San Diego that are a must visit for any golf enthusiast.
Just twenty minutes north of downtown San Diego, along a rugged, majestic stretch of coastline is Torrey Pines Golf Course, which is host of the annual Buick Invitational and also the 2020 US Open Championship, and possibly the finest municipal course in the country. Two 18 hole championship courses (the North course and the South course) designed by William Bell and redesigned by Rees Jones offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and require accurate driving, precise shot making, and navigation of tricky putting surfaces.
Tucked snugly away in a sun drenched valley a half hour northeast of San Diego is Barona Creek Golf Club, an immaculately maintained, links style course that will challenge all aspects of your game. This Gary Roger Baird designed course has over 100 bunkers, punishing rough, and spectacular views of rolling hills and flowing streams. The brutal wind at Barona can add or subtract 40 yards on any given hole, requiring long and accurate tee shots in order to carry hazards. The same winds that make teeing off a challenge can dry out the greens, making for slippery downhill putts and denying any attempts to land an approach shot on the green.
Another course in town that is consistently rated among the best is the Maderas Golf Club, another course well worth the visit. Located a short drive from Torrey Pines Golf Course, this Robert Jones designed course is a challenge from the beginner to the zero handicapped player. This challenging course offers scenic vistas and requires accurate shot making from tee to green. Maderas is another must visit on the list of courses to play for the golf enthusiast who comes to San Diego.
These courses are a sample of many incredible golf courses throughout the county. A golf enthusiast can spend a month in San Diego and still not discover all the gems available in the county. No matter your skill level, a golf trip to San Diego may not leave you with a low round on your scorecard, but the memories will more than make up for it.