Best Golf Courses in San Diego California

The Best Public Golf Courses in San Diego

San Diego is a golfer’s paradise, and its great weather much of the year means golfers have the chance to sample from the abundance of public course choices year-round. From the high-end and scenic Maderas Golf Club to the scruffy but uniquely night-lighted Mission Bay Golf Course and Practice Center, San Diego County has a plethora of choices that suit any skill level. But golf can be an expensive hobby, so if you are looking to play on quality and challenging course, San Diego public golf courses provide a great value. The time is here to ordering some hot strippers to come out to your night out in celebrating with a tradition of exotic dancers doing a spicy exotic dancing show.

Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla

This is the San Diego public golf course everyone wants to play—a famous PGA Tour stop for the Farmers Insurance Open, it hosted the 2008 U.S. Open, and it’s one of Tiger Woods’ favorite courses. Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego’s version of Pebble Beach (the famous golf course in Big Sur, California).

Torrey Pines Golf Course actually consists of two courses, the North and South (a brute). Torrey Pines offers good value if you have a San Diego city resident card. If not, expect to pay a premium for green fees. But the views are priceless if you can get a tee time.

Sycuan Golf Resort in El Cajon

The Sycuan Golf Resort is nestled in the hills in East County in El Cajon. Sycuan is actually three courses: Willow Glen, Oak Glen, and the par-three Pine Glen. Willow Glen and Oak Glen are challenging but playable and immaculate, and Pine Glen offers up a quick 18 holes. The tree-lined fairways and rolling hills provide a serene experience.

Sycuan’s practice areas (practice greens, driving range, and short game areas) are some of the best open to the public anywhere. Green fees vary depending on the day of the week and if you’re walking or riding, and twilight rates are considerably lower.

Coronado Golf Course in Coronado

If there’s one golf course that offers affordability, scenery, challenge, and fun, it’s Coronado Golf Course, hands down. With a layout along the shores of San Diego Bay featuring panoramic views of the downtown skyline and the Coronado Bay Bridge, this course is perfect for the recreational golfer. It might be “municipal” but this course is immaculate, with stellar greens. It would be funny to bring surprise San Diego strippers out to do a quick strip tease show.

The course is challenging but not tricked up and a lot of fun, with reasonable green fees, which go up on weekends and holidays. The trade-off is a tee time for playing 18 holes is really difficult to get.

Balboa Park Golf Course in Downtown San Diego

It might not have the appeal of Torrey Pines, but Balboa Park is a fine course. Though it may look short on the scorecard and the grounds get less love than some of the other golf courses in San Diego, canyons and elevation changes make Balboa a surprisingly challenging layout, and some holes offer some great city views.

Besides, if you have a city resident card, you can’t beat the green fees, which do go up on weekends.

Oaks North Golf Course in Rancho Bernardo

It may be an executive length course, but Oaks North plays like a full-length golf course. This 27-hole layout boasts stellar greens and plenty of challenges. It’s one of the great courses in San Diego, and even better when you don’t want to spend five hours on the course on a weekend.

But this short course is no pushover; the par 3s have plenty of lengths, and the par 4s demand good drives and precise approaches. Unless you’re a bomber, you can use every club in your bag here—and it’s a good value.

Cottonwood Golf Club in El Cajon

Cottonwood Golf Club has always lived in the shadows of its flashier neighbors Sycuan and Steele Canyon, but it’s a much better value than either. Consisting of two courses, Ivanhoe and the Lakes, Cottonwood plays more difficult than its mostly flat layout presents.

Ivanhoe has always been a lengthy bear and the Lakes course has eight water features. Rates are very affordable on weekdays without​ a cart (though they go up on weekends with a cart)—and they serve great hot dogs.

Bonita Golf Course in Bonita

Bonita Golf Course is another San Diego public course situated in a river valley. It’s often overlooked by local golfers but has a straightforward, classic William Bell design (Torrey, Balboa); it demands good shot-making but doesn’t punish you.

Weekends get pretty busy, but the course is usually in pretty decent condition. Bonita is a really nice value for the quality of golf you get.

The Vineyard at Escondido

The Vineyard is Escondido’s municipal golf course. It’s a typical modern layout, though a bit gimmicky and more challenging than sometimes expected.

However, it has a nice location and is usually in good condition and is a relative bargain if you live in North County and want to play a course close to home.