The 18-hole Reidy Creek Golf Course covers 2,582 yards in the rugged hills of Escondido, supplying guests with a scenic backdrop for club-based revelry. The rolling terrain of the par 54 course—intertwined with manmade obstacles such as sculpted bunkers, sinuous lakes, and wind—challenges golfers as they attempt holes-in-one. The distinctive course, designed by the notable engineers at Cal Olson Golf Architecture not to contain any two identical holes, contains a golf shop, café, and golf clinics taught by PGA professionals.
Sculpted into the coastal foothills of San Diego County, Lake San Marcos Country Club’s North Course spans 6,426 yards of lush fairways and well-manicured greens. Throughout the course, mature trees await wayward orbs on the edges of fairways, and serpentine bodies of water crisscross fairways, punishing duffers for errant shots. Before taking to the links, golfers can prepare with a stint at the club’s full-length driving range, where all-grass hitting stations emulate on-course conditions as well as an opportunity to seek vengeance on Mother Earth for a lifetime of traumatizing grass stains. Casual eats at Gordon’s on the Green help restore energy after rounds that include the treacherous trek up the 12th hole—a 606-yard par 5 that runs almost entirely uphill. Those looking for a quick golf experience akin to reading the abridged version of Jack Nicklaus’s cookbook can take to the South Course, a par 58 executive layout.
Notched into a riparian zone draped over North County’s coastal hills, Arrowood Golf Course’s 18 holes usher golfers over 6,721 yards of pristine turf marked by frequent swings in elevation. As the cool ocean breeze billows over the course, bringing with it the cries of oysters whose pearls were mistaken for tiny golf balls, players wrangle with the wide open, Ted Robinson-designed layout. Their travails will lead them past a healthy assortment of hazards including wastelands, fairway bunkers, and water hazards. Each of these converge on the player’s path on the 16th hole, where tee shots threaded through the gauntlet of fairway bunkers leave their owners with dramatic approaches into a green surrounded almost entirely by water.
Arrowood golf instructor Eric Ewing and his staff use the course’s practice range as a laboratory for game improvement. Instruction adheres to a seven-part curriculum aimed at shaving strokes, ranging from physical skills such as putting and the full swing to the strategic mindset of course management.
Course at a Glance:
Two large lakes glisten in the sunlight as they cast reflections of the towering trees. At Emerald Isle Golf's 18-hole executive course, the lakes form a nucleus that is surrounded by 16 par 3s and two par 4s. Players must blast soaring shots over the lakes on four separate occasions, unless they’re able to retrieve golf balls with golf-bag scuba tanks and 9-iron snorkels. Prior to a round, golfers can get a feel for putting speed on the practice green and warm up at the full-grass practice range.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 56 course
* Total length of 2,452 yards from the back tees
* Course rating of 72 from the back tees
* Course slope of 113 from the back tees
* Three sets of tees per hole