If you’re a lover of the links, San Diego offers several great golf courses for you to enjoy while you’re here. Whether you’re looking for a quick round or you want to really take your time and enjoy the views, here are some of the best San Diego golf courses to choose from…
Tecolote Canyon Golf Course
Located in beautiful Tecolote Canyon, this is one of the best San Diego golf courses–and the only Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Sam Snead-designed golf course in San Diego.
Tecolote Canyon Golf Course is convenient to Pacific Beach, downtown, SeaWorld and Mission Beach, so wherever you’re staying, you can sneak away for a tee time that suits you.This 3,161-yard golf course includes hazards on almost every hole, part of what landed it on the list of “Best Challenge at an Executive Golf Course” by Southland Golf magazine and included on their “Hot List” of best executive courses in California.
If you want to improve your game or are hoping to introduce some of your traveling party to the game, Tecolote Canyon Golf Course offers instruction for students of all ages. Head PGA Professional Jason Peterie can give private instruction or group clinics, all customized to the skill level of the students. Peterie will help you improve and strengthen fundamentals, all in a gorgeous coastal atmosphere.
Colina Park Golf Course
Colina Park is an 18-hole, par-3 golf course open to the public seven days a week. This City Heights course is one of the best golf courses in San Diego for testing your short game. Every hole is less than 110 yards and includes elevated tee boxes and contoured greens. Walking the 18-hole course, you can play a full round in less than three hours.
Bonus: for nearly 20 years, Colina Park Golf Course has been the headquarters for Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved youth excel in life by promoting character development, life skills, and values through education and the game of golf. This gem of a course serves more than 1,500 children per year through its partnership with Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego.
Riverwalk Golf Club
Right in the heart of Mission Valley, Riverwalk Golf Club offers 27 holes of excellent golf, amenities and service. As a semi-private course, Riverwalk Golf Club has earned its place on the list of best golf courses in San Diego.
Playing here will give you the consummate San Diego outdoors experience. Around the fairways are stands of palm trees, oaks and eucalyptus, as well as wetland areas. The water features include four lakes and the San Diego River.
Mission Bay Golf Course
Mission Bay Golf Course and Practice Center is an 18-hole Ted Robinson-designed executive course. Right in the heart of the city, this 46-acre property is the only course in San Diego with night lighting. Naturally, this feature lands it on the list of best golf courses in San Diego.
This is an 18- hole, par 58 executive course featuring four par-four holes and fourteen par-three holes. Fun fact: Mission Bay Golf Course is where Tiger Woods won a Junior World title.
Opened in 1957, Torrey Pines was designed by legendary course architect William P. Bell and completed by his son, William F. Bell. It offers two 18-hole Championship courses, the North and South courses.
The South Course offers multiple locations with direct views of the Pacific, a hundred yards below the links, and several more with views of a vast natural canyon. Remodeled in 2001, the South Course has earned worldwide acclaim and is in fact the site for the 2021 United States Open Championship. The North Course offers several holes that are situated high atop the bluffs overlooking the coastline.
The facilities at this municipal course include a driving range; practice putting greens; food and beverage carts; and a restaurant/grill at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. And if golf gear is your thing, you’ll be happy to hear that Torrey Pines boasts one of the western United States largest golf shops.