Best Public Golf Courses in San Diego


We probably get asked once a day what the best public courses are in San Diego.  So here they are!  We are only recommending courses we have actually played and believe it or not, there are courses in San Diego we haven't yet covered.  I'm also including links to our videos of the course if we've filmed it.

1.  Torrey Pines - South Course

This is a predictable choice but it honestly is the BEST public golf course in San Diego in our opinion.  Its right on the pacific ocean and around 10-11am the fog will burn off and reveal one of the most beautiful sights you'll see.  But don't be fooled, this course is tough.  From the back tees it plays to 7,707 yards!  We don't even bother playing it from the back tees, the taupe tees are a mere 7,051 yards so still plenty hard enough.  If you play the course after the Farmers Insurance Open at the end of January you'll be treated to tournament conditions, and rough that is so thick that you'll lose at least a few balls just by missing the fairway.  Fun!  One top, everything breaks towards the ocean so even when you don't see any break on those putts just trust me, its moving towards the ocean.  Booking a tee time at Torrey is a pain but here's the link.

Cost:  $252 (non-resident), $78 (resident) 
Slop/Rating:  78.2/144
 Watch us tackle the first 6 holes from Torrey Pines South course below.

 

2.  Maderas Golf Club

Maderas in a great and challenging course in Poway, CA.  Its about a 25 minute drive from downtown San Diego and rests in a sleepy community with massive homes.  Maderas measures at 7,167 yards from the tips so its no slouch.  Its nestled between a couple mountains so you get some wild elevation drops which are always fun.  This course also has a LOT of hazards and out of bounds so be ready to lose some balls.  Book a tee time on their website here.

Cost:  $134 (same price for everyone)
Slop/Rating:  75.2/142
 Watch us tackle the first 6 holes at Maderas below.

 

3.  Aviara Golf Club

You've likely heard of Aviara before as its the home of the LPGA Kia Classic every year.  Its located in Carlsbad, CA which is a 30 minute drive from downtown San Diego.  This course is always in great condition and well maintained.  One nice thing you'll be treated to is a cold ice town and chocolate chip cookie when you finish your round.  Nice touch!  The course is a fairly typical resort style course just more challenging.  It plays to 7,007 yards from the back tees.  The course winds between the resort and next to the ocean although you don't really have ocean views.  Book a tee time at Aviara here.

Cost:  $240 (same price for everyone)
Slop/Rating:  75/144
 Watch us play the first 6 holes at Aviara below.

 

4.  Torrey Pines North Course

The North course use to be the "easy" side at Torrey but since the redesign a few years ago its become much tougher.  The North course has a few holes on the Pacific Ocean which will blow you away, but most of the course is a little inland.  The North course is usually easier to get on but it'll still cost you the same rate.  The North course plays to 7,258 yards from the tips.  Booking a tee time at Torrey is a pain but here's the link.

Cost:  $138 (non-resident), $52 (resident) 
Slop/Rating:  75.8/134
 Watch us play the first 6 holes at Torrey North.

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