With its dramatic coastline and expansive back country, North County is the perfect setting for world-class golf courses. The area offers a challenging terrain to players while providing relaxing vistas of forests and mountains. It’s no wonder that some of the most sought-after golf clubs in the U.S. are found here.
Bernardo Heights Country Club
Located at 16066 Bernardo Heights Parkway, this private golf club has recently seen extensive improvements that have given it an even more exclusive feel.
The country club is home to a challenging 18-hole championship course designed by top golf architect Ted Robinson, well-known for his environmentally friendly creations.The course measures 6,700 yards from the longest tee and features excellent practice facilities that include a three-layered grass driving range, a wide chipping green with bunkers, and two putting greens.
The beautifully renovated clubhouse features a veranda with a fire pit, large bar and grill, and a new media room.
Castle Creek Country Club
The 18-hole Castle Creek Golf Course is a PGA-approved championship course designed by Jack Daray. The course’s deceptive 14th hole and the uphill/downhill terrain of the 10th to 12th holes provide players with the extra challenge they need to push their game to the highest level.
Located at 8797 Circle R Drive in San Diego, Castle Creek Country Club is surrounded by Temecula Wineries and is close to the San Diego Zoo Safari Club. It opened in 1948 as the Circe R Country Club and has maintained a tradition of excellence and quality over the years.
The western-style clubhouse offers amenities for the entire family, including a restaurant, tennis courts, a function room, and a members’ bar and lounge.
The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo
The club’s 18-hole championship golf course designed by William F. Bell with updates by Ted Robinson has been the venue of USGA Qualifying Tournaments and the Callaway Junior World Championship. It was also named one of San Diego’s Best of the Best golf courses by Connoisseur Golf & Travel.
The country club is located at 12280 Greens East Road, amid the rolling hills of Rancho Bernardo. The beautiful 20,000-sq.-ft. Mediterranean-style clubhouse features function rooms that may be used for various events, and is the venue for club dining and luncheons. It also houses a Golf Shop, lockers and other amenities.
Del Mar Country Club
Named the Best Private Course by Ranch & Coast Magazine, the 18-hole championship golf course of El Camino Country Club was designed by Joseph Lee and features five different tee settings to accommodate all skill levels.
Located at 6001 Clubhouse Drive in Rancho Santa Fe, the country club is nestled in a picturesque and secluded valley with several waterways. It features a spectacular 55,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse, six tennis courts, fitness facilities, a Junior Olympic swimming pool, two restaurants and a children’s playground.
El Camino Country Club
The El Camino Country Club has hosted several PGA and LPGA qualifiers and the Southern California Senior PGA Championship. The club’s William H. Johnson-designed championship course boasts numerous water features and deep roughs for a challenging yet visually satisfying golf experience.
The clubhouse offers stunning views of the golf course, plus luxurious amenities that include a formal dining room, a members’ grill and bar, and several function rooms. Amenities include a swimming pool, a fitness center, and 8 tennis courts. El Camino Country Club is located at 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside.