Golf Nomad Regional Course Rankings: San Diego County, CA

San Diego is another tough region. Not only is it jam-packed with courses, but it can be tough to compare. Geographically, it’s quite diverse. And it’s tough to measure super high-end resort courses with some of the states nicest municipal options and all sorts of good stuff in between. At the top, both Torrey Pines courses combine the best of both worlds and are 1A and 1B in my book. Though way expensive for out-of-towners, these are bucket-list-level courses that can be played at exceptional rates for San Diego locals.

You’ll have to go far down on my list to find any of the courses that I would consider “weak” options because this region is stacked deep!

These are based on my impressions of the overall design, scenery and relative value combined with more measurable elements such as conditioning, facilities and customer service (taking into account my personal experience(s) at the course and general word-of-mouth from Greenskeeper.org reviews/ratings).

Keep in mind when clicking on any active review links below that often I review multiple courses in the same article, so sometimes you have to scroll down in the story to find the course listed here.

PUBLIC REGULATION COURSES:

  1. Torrey Pines Golf Course (South) • La Jolla, CA
  2. Torrey Pines Golf Course (North) • La Jolla, CA
  3. Rams Hill Golf Club • Borrego Springs, CA
  4. Aviara Golf Club • Carlsbad, CA
  5. Maderas Golf Club • Poway, CA
  6. Mount Woodson Golf Club • Ramona, CA
  7. The Crossings at Carlsbad • Carlsbad, CA
  8. The Golf Club of California • Fallbrook, CA
  9. Borrego Springs Resort & Spa • Borrego Springs, CA
  10. Barona Creek Golf Club • Lakeside, CA
  11. The Grand Golf Club • San Diego, CA
  12. Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort (Willow Glen) • El Cajon, CA
  13. Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort (Oak Glen) • El Cajon, CA
  14. Balboa Park Golf Course • San Diego, CA
  15. Coronado Golf Course • Coronado, CA
  16. Steele Canyon Golf Club • Jamul, CA
  17. Eagle Crest Golf Club • Escondido, CA
  18. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa (Champions Course) • Carlsbad, CA
  19. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa (Legends Course) • Carlsbad, CA
  20. Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club • San Diego, CA
  21. Twin Oaks Golf Course • San Marcos, CA
  22. San Vicente Inn & Golf Club • Ramona, CA
  23. Arrowood Golf Club • Oceanside, CA
  24. Woods Valley Golf Club • Valley Center, CA
  25. Pala Mesa Golf Resort • Fallbrook, CA
  26. Admiral Baker Golf Course (North) • San Diego, CA
  27. Marine Memorial Golf Course • Camp Pendleton, CA
  28. The Vineyard at Escondido • Escondido, CA
  29. Carlton Oaks Golf Club • Santee, CA
  30. Riverwalk Golf Club • San Diego, CA
  31. Bonita Golf Course • Bonita, CA
  32. Encinitas Ranch Golf Course • Encinitas, CA
  33. Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa • San Diego, CA
  34. Eastlake Country Club • Chula Vista, CA
  35. Warner Springs Ranch Resort • Warner Springs, CA
  36. Oceanside Golf Course • Oceanside, CA
  37. Castle Creek Country Club • Escondido, CA
  38. Mission Trails Golf Course • San Diego, CA
  39. Cottonwood Golf Club (Ivanhoe) • El Cajon, CA
  40. Cottonwood Golf Club (Lakes) • El Cajon, CA
  41. Chula Vista Golf Course • Bonita, CA
  42. Boulder Oaks Golf Club (formerly Meadow Lake) • Escondido, CA
  43. St. Mark Golf Club • Lake San Marcos, CA
  44. MCAS Miramar Memorial Golf Course • San Diego, CA
  45. Admiral Baker Golf Course (South) • San Diego, CA
  46. *Salt Creek Golf Club • Chula Vista, CA (*CLOSED)
  47. *Fallbrook Golf Club • Fallbrook, CA (*CLOSED)
  48. *San Luis Rey Downs Golf Resort & Country Club • Bonsall, CA (*CLOSED)
  49. *Escondido Country Club • Escondido, CA (*CLOSED)
  50. *Carmel Highland Golf Resort & Spa • San Diego, CA (*CLOSED)

PRIVATE COURSES:

  1. The Farms Golf Club • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  2. The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  3. The Santaluz Club • San Diego, CA
  4. The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  5. Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  6. San Diego Country Club • Chula Vista, CA
  7. Vista Valley Country Club • Vista, CA
  8. The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo • San Diego, CA
  9. Del Mar Country Club • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  10. Pauma Valley Country Club • Pauma Valley, CA
  11. Fairbanks Ranch Country Club • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  12. de Anza Country Club • Borrego Springs, CA
  13. Shadowridge Country Club • Vista, CA
  14. Lomas Santa Fe Country Club • Solana Beach, CA
  15. Morgan Run Club & Resort • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  16. Bernardo Heights Country Club • San Diego, CA
  17. Sea ‘N Air Golf Course • NAS North Island, CA
  18. El Camino Country Club • Oceanside, CA
  19. Skyline Ranch Country Club • Valley Center, CA
  20. Rancho Monserate Country Club • Fallbrook, CA
  21. La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (Spindrift Golf Course) • La Jolla, CA
  22. *StoneRidge Country Club • Poway, CA (*CLOSED)

PUBLIC SHORT COURSES:

  1. The Springs at Borrego RV Resort & Golf Course • Borrego Springs, CA
  2. Welk Resort San Diego (Fountains Course) • Escondido, CA
  3. Oaks North Golf Course • San Diego, CA
  4. Colina Park Golf Course • San Diego, CA
  5. Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf Course • Solana Beach, CA
  6. St. Mark Executive Golf Course • Lake San Marcos, CA
  7. Reidy Creek Golf Course • Escondido, CA
  8. Balboa Park Golf Course (9-Hole) • San Diego, CA
  9. Willowbrook Golf Course • Lakeside, CA
  10. Tecolote Canyon Golf Course • San Diego, CA
  11. Goat Hill Park • Oceanside, CA
  12. Mission Bay Golf Course • San Diego, CA
  13. Roadrunner Club • Borrego Springs, CA
  14. Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort (Pine Glen) • El Cajon, CA
  15. The Loma Club • San Diego, CA
  16. National City Golf Course • National City, CA
  17. Emerald Isle Golf Course • Oceanside, CA
  18. Rancho Carlsbad Golf Club • Carlsbad, CA
  19. Presidio Hills Golf Course • San Diego, CA
  20. Town Park Villas Golf Course • San Diego, CA
  21. Welk Resort San Diego (Oaks Course) • Escondido, CA
  22. Club Circle Golf Course • Borrego Springs, CA
  23. Marine Memorial (Leatherneck Nine) • Camp Pendleton, CA
  24. 3 Par at Four Points by Sheraton • San Diego, CA
  25. *Sun Valley Golf Course • La Mesa, CA (*CLOSED)

 

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