What are the best golf courses in San Diego?

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Julia Weiler

With year-round sunshine and more than 90 courses to choose from, San Diego is one of the world’s top golfing destinations.  Whether you wish to tee off by the sea, in the heat of the dessert or in the cool climes of the mountains there is a course for everyone.  Here are three of the best:

Torrey Pines
Situated atop soaring bluffs overlooking the Pacific, the Torrey Pines Golf Course in the seaside village of La Jolla, is perhaps the most picturesque putting ground in all of San Diego County.  Not only is a beautiful place to be, it’s also a great place to golf.  Known for hosting the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines offers two, world-renown 18-hole courses, which can easily be accessed by the public from sunrise to sundown 365 day a year. 

The Grand Golf Course at The Grand Del Mar
Inspired by the picturesque Los Peñasquitos Canyon, Tom Fazio fashioned a masterwork of lush fairways draped across dramatic dips and rises in elevation and a memorable layout which earned him the title of “Golf Course Architect of the Year” by Golf Course News for three consecutive years.  This pristine par-72 gold course is reserved for guests, members, and villa owners at The Grand Del Mar exclusively.

Aviara Golf Club at The Park Hyatt Aviara
Located in the sun-drenched coastal town of Carlsbad, this North County course is rated the #1 golf resort in Southern California by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers and is ranked as one of the best golf courses in America by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.  Overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon ecological reserve and cooled by ocean breezes, the Aviara  course features 18 holes spread over 7,007 yards of diverse layout designed by Arnold Palmer.

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