Love Those Links: The Best Golf Courses in San Diego
If you look at the most popular reasons to visit San Diego, the beaches, incredible food, and abundance of attractions usually top the list. Even so, there’s another reason that should be mentioned in the same breath: our abundance of amazing golf courses! The city’s perfect year-round weather lends itself particularly well to outdoor activities, and the tour-quality courses we have here provide a great way to unwind outdoors during your stay. Check out our picks for the best golf courses in San Diego!
The Loma Club (3.2 Miles from the hotel)
Pressed for time? Then get in a few quick holes at The Loma Club, a neighborhood course just a quick walk from nearby Liberty Station. What the Loma Club lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality — its 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 also features a live music stage and amazing views of the downtown skyline!
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Riverwalk Golf Club (7.1 miles away)
Looking for a truly enjoyable day on the fairways? Head to Mission Valley and swing into Riverwalk. This lush course boasts 18 holes of postcard-picturesque gently rolling green grounds. Riverwalk is well-known among locals for being one of the city’s most purely fun courses to play, since it features a great balance of tough tee shots and accessible greens. Visitors will also find an all-hours driving range, on-site pro shop, and delicious dining at the Sunset Grille.
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Balboa Park Golf Course (7.7 miles away)
Balboa Park Golf Course is one of the only 9-hole courses in the city, making it perfect for a quick round. The tricky holes here provide great short-game practice, and the picturesque area offers lovely views of the downtown skyline, Point Loma, and a particularly scenic stretch of the Pacific.
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Tecolote Canyon Golf Course (8.3 miles away)
Locals know the drill: While some courses offer you a leisurely stroll and level playing ground, Tecolote Canyon is NOT one of them. The Sam Snead and Robert Trent Jones-designed holes here were named “Best Challenge at an Executive Golf Course” by Southland Golf magazine, so they’re sure to provide plenty of challenge even for low-handicappers. Tough terrain featuring rocky outcroppings, cliff-like topography, and hazards on every hole add difficulty and natural beauty to the par-58 track.
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Colina Park Golf Club (13 miles away)
This beautiful course was recently named one of San Diego’s “Most Charming Golf Courses” by Travelmag Magazine. It’s also a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away in a quiet 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.
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Torrey Pines Golf Course (15.8 miles away)
No rundown of San Diego’s finest courses would be complete without taking a look at world-famous Torrey Pines. Perched on coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific, Torrey Pines is one of the most iconic venues in the sport. Recently it hosted the 2021 U.S. Open, and it was also the site of Tiger Woods’ 2008 U.S. Open win. The Farmer’s Open is also held here every year. In short, it’s a must-play course for any golfer.
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