When talking about a perfect venue for a golf vacation, San Diego must rank high at the top of the list, for several reasons, not the least of which is it's stunning selection of golf courses and resorts, which prompted me to offer our list of top golf courses in San Diego. We've been lucky enough to visit San Diego several times over a number of years; our first visit was a corporate golf outing to Rancho Bernardo, our second visit was to Tory Pines (we stayed at the Lodge) and our third was back to Rancho Bernardo. Our most vivid memories, strange as it might seem, were not of the golf courses, terrific though they were, and are. What we remember most about San Diego is the weather. It seems that no matter what time of year we visited, it was always the same: soft breezes and mild temperatures; all of which made for a great vacation. What with it's grand resorts, stunning golf courses and always clement weather, it only makes sense to include a visit to San Diego an you bucket list. It's been a while since we last was there, but it won't be too much longer before we're heading back; we have some unfinished business there, and lots more golf to play.
Top San Diego Golf Courses and Resorts
We've already mentioned San Diego's perfect weather, but it does no harm to explain why it's so perfect. The average mean temperature for the greater San Diego area is a balmy 72 degrees; the sun shines all the year round, averaging some 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. Yes, it does rain, now and again, but it never seems to last for more than a few minutes, or so. Then, of course, there's that ever-present ocean breeze that is more than a little responsible for the temperate climate, and for some really horrendous golf scores we've managed to post. Poor golf scores or not, San Diego is one of our favorite spots to visit, outside of Tucson and the Caribbean, of course.
Beyond the golf (did we really say that?), there's so much to see and do in San Diego; it really is a family vacation spot. Consider that San Diego County boasts of more than 70 miles of oceanfront and beaches, the terrific shopping opportunities (sorry guys), and a whole world of delightful opportunities for the kids to enjoy themselves. For you corporate types: well, all of my golfing visits were made during corporate outings; some we won through performance at work; others were the result of planning and strategy meetings; all included golf, and all were located at one or another of San Diego's grand resorts.
So, what can you expect for your visit to San Diego? After all, we can't spend every hour of every day on the golf course, and we? No, of course not. We have to eat, and we have to enjoy all the sights and sounds that San Diego and its surrounds have to offer. How about a visit to the home of golf club manufacturing in Titanium Valley, or perhaps a visit to Death Valley (for some amazing photo opportunities)? How about a concert in Balboa Park? You could try a Segway Tour of La Joya (we never did get the hang of those crazy two-wheeled contraptions). And, talking of guided tours, you might want to investigate the possibilities available at Another Side of San Diego Tours, a tour operator offering a couple of dozen ideas for sightseeing and adventuring out and about San Diego (No, we have never been on one of their outings, but I've heard good things from people who have); it might be worth looking into.
Ok, so now we need to figure out where to stay, so lets do that first, then we can think about what courses we'd like to play. Obviously, because we have in-depth knowledge of both Torry Pines and the Rancho Bernardo Inn, those are the two we would look at first, but we do not recommending either one - it's just that have had great experiences at both.
San Deago Golf Courses and Resorts
San Diego Golf Resorts:
- The Grand Del Mar Resort, compare prices.
- The DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort San Diego, compare prices.
- The Lodge at Torry Pines, compare prices.
- Steele Canyon Golf Club, San Diego
- The Sycuan Golf and Tennis Resort, compare prices.
That should give you a few ideas about where to stay. Now for those golf courses. As always, the picks are mine and mine alone. Hope you agree with me:
Golf Courses in San Diego
- At Torry Pines: The South Course
- The Grand Del Mar Resort Course
- The Golf Course at the Rancho Bernardo Inn
- Barona Resort and Casino Golf Club, Lakeside
- At Torry Pines: The North Course
- The Pala Mesa Resort, Fallbrook
- Eagle Crest Golf Club
- Eastlake Country Club, Chula Vista
- Maderas Golf Club, San Diego
- Mission Trails Golf Course
- Mount Woodson Golf Club, San Diego
- Redhawk Golf Club, Temecula
- Riverwalk Golf Club, San Diego
- Oaks North Golf Club, Rancho Bernardo
- Reidy Creek Golf Course, Escondido
- Steele Canyon Golf Club, San Diego
- Sycuan Golf Resort and Casino, El Cajon
- The Temecula Creek Inn and Golf Course
- Twin Oaks Golf Course, San Macos
- The Coronado Municiple Golf Course, San Diego
How to Get There:
All flights, domestic and international, arrive at the San Diego International Airport (SAN). This airport is served by just about every domestic U.S. airline you can think of, and by those from Canada, South America and around the world. There are also a couple of regional, general aviation airports in the greater San Diego area: Brown Field and Montgomery Field, either can be reached at (858) 573-1427, they share an airport administration phone number.