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Play a Golf Course a Day in La Jolla, California

Play a Golf Course a Day in La Jolla, CaliforniaPlay a Golf Course a Day in La Jolla, California

Sunny La Jolla, California, has weather and golf to recommend it. A three-day visit can mean playing on a different course each day, all highly rated and complete with ocean views and perfect weather. Just 20 minutes' drive north of San Diego International Airport, enjoy La Jolla beaches, a great day on the golf course, and a vibrant dining and bar scene once the sun goes down.

Torrey Pines Golf Course

Most first-timers are quite surprised that Torrey Pines is a municipal course run by the City of San Diego. Home of the 2008 U.S. Open, many say this La Jolla course is the nation's top muni. The 36 holes over both the north and the south courses are perched on bluffs overlooking the ocean, where the sight of frolicking dolphins and migrating California gray whales is not an uncommon one. Stop for a look from the gorgeous hole 6 on the north course. My latest visit left me with lasting impressions of those impressive views. As for the tricky course, Tiger Woods might not have found it too difficult, but the rough is sprinkled with lost balls in that thick stuff. At these prices, you don't want to lose too many balls. There's a deluxe, gorgeous hotel lodge with a restaurant on site where the bloody mary comes recommended for commiserating over your score card.

Play a Golf Course a Day in La Jolla, CaliforniaPlay a Golf Course a Day in La Jolla, California

Balboa Park Golf Course

Also run by the city's Parks & Recreation Department, Balboa Park is a lovely place with a theater playhouse, live music at the amphitheater, a neat museum with top-notch visiting exhibitions, lovely landscaped grounds, and the course: 72-par, 18 holes in this oasis in the heart of downtown. New cart paths have been added. Green fees, at $40, are modest enough, and there's also a 9-hole executive course for those wanting a taster. My impressions were of the friendly staff and delightful views of the city and Coronado Island. It's a bit tricky as courses go but not as punishing as Torrey Pines. This one could easily be your favorite in the area and accommodates the wallet nicely.

Coronado Golf Course

Coronado is, of course, famous for the historic 1888 National Landmark hotel nicknamed The Hotel Del located in its enviable position on the ocean shore. A bit more of a drive from La Jolla, it's located across the bay west of San Diego. However, it's not easy to book this one, as it is a public course with ultra-reasonable fees in a super relaxed setting. The course itself is flat and punctuated with palm trees. Curious rabbits hop past now and again, and there are pleasant water and bridge views. Head for the very good pro shop, restaurant and bar, and a delightful veranda with the reliably lovely weather of Coronado.

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