Best Southern California Golf Courses


As most of you know by now, I was born and raised and currently live in Southern California, and let me tell you, there’s no better place I know of where you can play golf year round, with some of the best golf courses you’ll find. I live on a course, and I’m also a member of that club, but it’s still my goal to play all the golf courses in Southern California…well at least a lot of them.

I would say that currently, my favorite Southern California golf course would be Torrey Pines. In my eyes, it has to be one of the best public courses in Southern California, and by far the best public course that hosts a PGA Tour event. The views are magnificent. The South Course is extremely challenging, and the price (if you live in SD) is only about $45 for 18 holes. If you are a golfing visitor to the San Diego area, you must try to get on at Torrey Pines. It will be worth the effort, even though tee times can be difficult to come by.

Next on my list would be La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. This course used to host the PGA Mercedes Championship and the Accenture Matchplay Championship. This course is mostly private, however La Costa does offer stay and play packages but is pricey in the $200 a round range. Expensive as it is, the course is amazing. Exceptionally manicured and both courses are extremely challenging. The Tour events would play holes from both courses, and a few times a year, La Costa does the same setup for the rest of us, which is a real treat.

If you’re traveling to San Diego and are bringing your clubs with you, be sure to check out some of these courses as well. Most are within 30 minutes driving distance from downtown San Diego, and I consider them to be some of the best golf courses in Southern California.

Barona Vallley Casino Golf Course – Lakeside, Southern California
Aviara Four Seasons Golf Course – Carlsbad, Southern California
El Camino Country Club – Oceanside, Southern California
Steele Canyon Golf Course – Jamul, Southern California
Red Hawk Golf Course – Temecula, Southern California (1.5 hours from SD)
Trump National Golf Course – Los Angeles, Southern California

I hope you enjoy this list of courses and are able to play at least one of them the nest time you’re looking for a golf course here in Southern California. I’ll try to post some Northern California golf courses here in the future, as there are many wonderful courses along the California coast including Pebble Beach in Monterey, California.

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