The PGA Tour is kicking off its West Coast Swing in earnest this week in San Diego, so what better time than now to count down the best golf courses America’s Finest City has to offer.
Five minutes south of downtown and over the big, blue Coronado Bay Bridge, this fun muni is a favorite spot for locals, business travelers and tourists who appreciate the price ($30 weekdays, $35 weekends) and the views of San Diego Bay. More than 100,000 rounds were played at this waterfront course last year, which hardly seems mathematically possible. That’s roughly a foursome every 10 minutes for 12 hours a day, 365 days a year, so expect a five-hour round.
Miramar Memorial Golf Course is situated in the heart of San Diego on Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar. It has hosted the prestigious Armed Forces Championship and boasts a regulation 18-hole golf course, expansive clubhouse, full practice range and short game area. In addition, Miramar is known for having some of the best greens in San Diego County.
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Tucked away amidst the rolling hills of north San Diego, just minutes from San Diego’s downtown and the coast is Maderas Golf Club. A combination of golf strategy and design mastery, this Johnny Miller and Robert Muir Graves design takes the concept of upscale golf to exhilarating levels. Beauty and challenge are both here, as holes wind through the cliffs, rock outcroppings, creeks, and forests of the inland country of north San Diego.
Wind through the green rolling hills of the Aviara Golf Club, taste the salty air of the blue Pacific and enjoy spectacular views of the Bataquitos Lagoon. Aviara Golf Club was named by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the top resort golf courses in America, and the #1 golf resort in San Diego by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. This championship Arnold Palmer 18-hole layout is the proud home to the 2013, 2014 and 2015 LPGA Kia Classic and the ultimate destination for golf in north San Diego.
1. Torrey Pines Golf Course
Situated atop cliffs towering above the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, California, golfers marvel at the views of the coastline, deep ravines and classic championship golf holes. Torrey Pines is the beautiful site of one of the most memorable battles in golf’s history–the 2008 U.S. Open. While taking in the views and gorgeous weather, discover their award-winning golf shop where you can take home some of the magic.