The Best San Diego Golf Courses
Beautiful beaches, lots of sunshine, and great weather are probably the first things that come to mind when you think of San Diego. Even so, our wealth of world-class golf courses should also always make the list. From relaxed beginner-friendly courses to pro-level clubs that hold PGA events, “America’s Finest City” offers a wide range of superb golfing possibilities. So, if you enjoy playing a few rounds, take a look at our suggestions for the best San Diego golf courses.
The Loma Club (3.2 miles away)
Pressed for time? No problem. The Loma Club’s nine holes are approachable and fun, with some deceptively tricky hazards. Once you’ve sunk your last putt, head over to the renowned on-site bar and grill for some of the best food you’ll ever shake a club at. The Loma Club is also home to the recently opened Tappers Mini Golf & Cocktails, so you can practice your putting even if you aren’t in the mood for a round of full-sized fairways.
2960 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Tecolote Canyon Golf Course (4.7 miles away)
For anyone who’s braved the fairways at Tecolote, it’s no surprise that this course has been rated “Best Challenge at an Executive Golf Course” by Southland Golf magazine. Rocky outcroppings and cliff-like topography add difficulty and natural beauty to the 3,161-yard, par-58 layout. Bring your resolve and prepare to test your short game, as well as your ability to navigate some in-your-face terrain when playing this stunning course.
2755 Snead Ave, San Diego, CA 92111
Riverwalk Golf Club (5 miles away)
This lush course in beautiful Mission Valley is 18 holes of picture-perfect, gently rolling green grounds. It’s earned the reputation of being one of San Diego’s most flat-out fun courses to play thanks in large part to its good balance of challenge and straight-ahead holes. Visitors will also find an illuminated all-hours driving range for practice, a pro shop, and delicious dining at the Sunset Grille — so be sure to stop in for a bite after you play.
1150 Fashion Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Mission Bay Golf Course (5.4 miles away)
Are you a bit of a night owl? This 18-hole public course is one of the few in San Diego where you can play at night under stadium-style lights. Its stunningly landscaped grounds are nestled in the beachside community of Pacific Beach, itself a fantastic oceanfront community that’s a great place to visit. Even better, Mission Bay is where a young Tiger Woods won a Junior World title, so there’s definitely some history around these holes.
2702 N Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
Balboa Golf Course (8.3 miles away)
If you’re short on time but still want to get a few holes in, Balboa is another great 9-hole course in the city — making it ideal for perfecting your short game on some deceptively tricky holes throughout the grounds. Balboa Golf Course also sits in a very picturesque area, featuring enviable views of the downtown skyline, Point Loma, and a scenic stretch of the Pacific. So even if these holes get the better of you, you’ll still enjoy the vistas! After your round, stop into hidden gem Tobey’s 19th Hole Café for mimosas and a great view.
2600 Golf Course Dr, San Diego, CA 92102
Colina Park Golf Club (11.4 miles away)
This beautiful course was recently named one of San Diego’s “Most Charming Golf Courses” by Travelmag magazine, and rightly so. It’s also a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away in a quiet and charming residential area. Colina Park Golf Club is also home to Pro Kids, First Tee – San Diego, a nonprofit organization aimed at helping underprivileged youth discover the sport, and the club commits 100% of its revenue toward the program.
4085 52nd St, San Diego, CA 92105
Coronado Golf Course (11.5 miles away)
Perhaps one of the more famous courses in San Diego, this locals’ favorite is located on Coronado Island. It draws duffers from all over the area (and the country) thanks to its incredible views of the harbor and downtown. The expansive green spaces and beautiful fairways of this course also help make it a memorable day out, so much so that it was recently ranked by Golf Digest as the overall fifth-best course in the country for value.
2000 Visalia Row, Coronado, CA 92118
Torrey Pines Golf Course (14 miles away)
Torrey Pines Golf Course is widely considered one of the most stunning golf courses in the nation. These world-famous links sit on coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific, offering visitors an absolutely captivating view that’s sure to enchant even the most experienced golfers. Torrey Pines regularly hosts PGA Tour events and even major championships, and it’s the site of the Farmer’s Open each year. Don’t forget to stop by the pro shop!!
11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
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