It’s Sunday in October and every sports fan knows what that means. Yep, a busy driving range and a robust tee sheet that would make you think it’s a packed Saturday in July.
Some courses struggle to attract customers during football season, but Oaks North Golf Course in Rancho Bernardo is not one of them.
One of the main reasons is the Parent-Junior League, a long-running Sunday program featuring friendly 9-hole events. The league, which runs August-October, always attracts a steady stream of young golfers and their dads, moms and grandparents.
The other big reason is Oaks North plays fast and friendly. The 27-hole executive course features three par-30 tracks with three par 4s and six par 3s on each nine (yardages range from 3,417 to 3,608). You can complete an 18-hole round in less than three hours, so if you time it right you can play an early round and be back in front of your big-screen TV — foam finger and a plate of nachos in tow — by halftime.
Named one of America’s Top Short Courses by Golf Range Magazine, Oaks North is a mature course that’s in great shape, particularly the greens. JC Golf courses have built a solid reputation for consistency on its greens and Oaks North is no exception.
What is so appealing about Oaks North is golfers of all skill levels can test their game. The wide fairways are approachable for beginners while the sight lines are ideal for seasoned players who want to work on their short game. And the par 4s are no pushovers. Case in point is the 260-yard first hole on the East Course that opens with a blind tee shot and doglegs slightly to the left.
At Oaks North, you don’t have to choose between football and golf. Thankfully, you can have both.
Marc Figueroa is a freelance writer who has been covering golf in San Diego for more than 20 years