Whats best club in SD?

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monty09monty09  298WRX Points: 98Members Posts: 298 Greens
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in town for two days and looking to play a good course

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  • 2ball2ball LEFTY  619WRX Points: 124Members Posts: 619 Golden Tee
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    Most will say Aviara in Carlsbad.

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  • KnockdownKnockdown  245WRX Points: 73Handicap: 6.8Members Posts: 245 Fairways
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    San Diego Country Club

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  • ClambakeClambake  677WRX Points: 264Handicap: 4Members Posts: 677 Golden Tee
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    On -, @monty09 said:

    in town for two days and looking to play a good course

    It's not clear - are you looking for the best CC or just a good course to play?

    If private CC, the top ones are (as ranked by the people in my playing groups):

    • The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe (solid course, over the top facility. Played it last week and greens are great)
    • Del Mar CC (very good course, opulent facilities)
    • Rancho Santa Fe CC (modest but very nice facilities and great old classic course)
    • Santaluz CC (very good course, facilities very good)
    • San Diego CC (nice old school course, fast greens and excellent bunkering, but so-so facilities)

    La Jolla and The Crosby are good clubs but the courses are so-so. And there are quite a few other CCs like Bernardo Heights, Shadowridge, Valley Vista, etc. but they're all "C" level and the courses aren't as good as the better public options.

    If you're just looking for a good course, the best public options are:

    • Maderas (best overall with tough course, great service. Did their aeration a couple weeks ago but it plays fine now)
    • Aviara (resort course which isn't as challenging but still solid; condition good as LPGA played there a few weeks ago)
    • Grand del Mar (solid course, condition isn't as great as it should be for the facility and price but still good)

    Two which would normally be on the above list are Torrey South and Barona. I'd skip Torrey as they're doing significant construction right now and have 2 holes shut down at a time and are requiring carts. Barona is also half shut down while rebuilding greens and you can't play it right now unless you have their casino gold (or above) players card. Hopefully both of those will be operating regularly later in the summer.

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  • Schley Schley Love ya don't tell ya enough! Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 1421WRX Points: 256Handicap: 12.3Members Posts: 1,421 Platinum Tees
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    If you are just in town for 2 days who cares about the facilities, go for the best courses. IME all the privates are accessible via a pro's call for a decent club. I'd go with The Bridges and SDCC for 2 days.

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  • PepsiDuckPepsiDuck  1943WRX Points: 175Members Posts: 1,943 Platinum Tees
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    I'll be moving to San Diego in a couple months (North Park) and have a similar question, but instead of two days, we're talking three years. I'll be minutes from Balboa Park GC and all the lower priced military courses in the area (Admiral Baker, MCAS Miramar, Sea N' Air, etc.). San Diego CC has been on my radar and would be less than 20 minutes from the house. So the question is, with all the public golf available, is SDCC worth it...?

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    If SDCC was closer to my house I'd join it in a heartbeat. The overall course design is enjoyable and really fits the land, as it was built before the use of heavy equipment for shaping. The greens complexes are outstanding. The bunkers are in just the right places to give a lot of challenge and are well kept, and the greens are always excellent, with challenging (but not gimmicky) contours, and they always are among the fastest in the county. They have some pretty good practice areas, and although those aren't anything like you'll find at The Bridges or Del Mar, they offer areas to work on all aspects of the game. I also love the Billy Casper connection - it's neat knowing that one of the all time greats was not just a member but very involved and active at the club.

    On the downside, the clubhouse is quite dated and areas like the locker rooms are in dire need of updating and remodeling. It's of course tempting to compare the facilities to a place like The Bridges, but that's completely unfair as the price difference between the two is enormous. I don't know the exact amounts for SDCC, but I understand the club is hurting right now and offering excellent deals to join.

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    On -, @Schley said:

    If you are just in town for 2 days who cares about the facilities, go for the best courses. IME all the privates are accessible via a pro's call for a decent club. I'd go with The Bridges and SDCC for 2 days.

    exactly.

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  • MikekiMMikekiM  266WRX Points: 104Members Posts: 266 Greens
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    The Farms has been one of my favorites. Happy it stays under the radar compared to most of the bigger names. Wonderful fast greens is great shape and a tough course.

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  • rangersgoalierangersgoalie  1926WRX Points: 397Members Posts: 1,926 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @PepsiDuck said:

    I'll be moving to San Diego in a couple months (North Park) and have a similar question, but instead of two days, we're talking three years. I'll be minutes from Balboa Park GC and all the lower priced military courses in the area (Admiral Baker, MCAS Miramar, Sea N' Air, etc.). San Diego CC has been on my radar and would be less than 20 minutes from the house. So the question is, with all the public golf available, is SDCC worth it...?

    Imo yes
    The San Diego public’s are just ok.
    SDCC is a very good old school course usually in very nice condition, especially the greens

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  • KnockdownKnockdown  245WRX Points: 73Handicap: 6.8Members Posts: 245 Fairways
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    SDCC is well worth it. Best course in San Diego and a great membership.

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