A One-Week Plan For The Best Courses To Play in San Diego

A One-Week Golf Trip Plan for Play in San Diego County


If you’re lucky enough to visit sunny and mild San Diego for a length of time, North County San Diego offers California’s best golf courses with challenging greens and beautiful scenery. If you have a week to live it up, don’t miss these courses managed by JC Golf – exceptional golf course operators in San Diego since 1971. Be sure to ask about the JC Players Card when making your reservation so you get the lowest greens fee rates plus discounts to local businesses. 


Day 1 – Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course

Closest to central San Diego, begin your week at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course, a flagship championship course and host to the PGA Tour. The resort atmosphere sets up nicely for al fresco dining at Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant or Avant. Experience new flavors, fresh from the sea, farm and garden as well as cocktails, wines and beers uniquely created with an artisan’s touch.


Day 2 – Oaks North Golf Course and Reidy Creek Golf Course

Focus on your short game at two of North County San Diego’s finest executive courses. Oaks North Golf Course, just 5 minutes from the Rancho Bernardo Inn, features 27 holes with wide and forgiving fairways and championship level service. For a local’s lunch, choose from the snack bar or visit Escondido’s quaint downtown and cruise restaurants, shops and galleries. Finish the day with play in under three hours at Reidy Creek Golf Course. Its natural, scenic design provides a challenge to experienced golfers and lends itself to be extremely playable for the beginner.


Day 3 – Encinitas Ranch Golf Course

Head to San Diego’s fun beachy town of Encinitas! Few courses in California offer Pacific Ocean views like Encinitas Ranch Golf Course. Ideal for the whole family, Encinitas Ranch features a large driving range, putting green, and San Diego’s only Putting Green Course! With wide-open greens and five sets of tees and few bunkers, everyone has a chance to post a low score at Encinitas Ranch. Unwind at the Ranch Grille restaurant with a full bar, San Diego craft beers and indoor-outdoor seating.


Day 4 – The Crossings at Carlsbad

Another stunning coastal course with views of the ocean and local canyons, The Crossings at Carlsbad is a whole-day experience. Equipped with a full practice area and extensive driving range, your experience will include challenges that test all skill levels. After your round, enjoy drinks and a superb meal at the Canyons Restaurant in the architecturally beautiful clubhouse. Depending on which day you arrive, you might catch live music, bar specials or trivia night.  


Day 5 – Twin Oaks Golf Course

Just minutes from the “Hops Highway” (Fwy 78) in San Marcos, Twin Oaks Golf Course balances beauty and challenge and features a full bar with North County’s famous craft breweries including Port Brewing, Mother Earth, Belching Beaver and Stone Brewery.


Day 6 – Welk Resorts San Diego

Just over the hill from Twin Oaks, relax and enjoy the unique mountain landscape at The Fountains Course at Welk Resorts San Diego. Known as a scenic masterpiece, the Fountains Course was designated by GOLF DIGEST as “Best Places to Play”. Built on acres of manicured resort grounds, the executive course is friendly to players of all levels and challenging for those with a low handicap.


Day 7 – Day Trip or Overnight to Cathedral Canyon Golf Club

Make a day trip to Cathedral Canyon Golf Club and the new JAX Bar + Dining restaurant! Cathedral Canyon is one of the best classic championship golf values in the Palm Springs area set against the backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains. Course conditions are excellent following recent reseeding PLUS JAX Bar + Dining features a full menu, daily happy hour and live weekend entertainment.


Accommodation recommendations for North County San Diego are for the Rancho Bernardo Inn. View the website for Stay Specials.

To book tee times for a whole week, we recommend calling the Central Reservations Desk at 858-675-8470.

To get the best prices on the recommended courses, the JC Players Card is recommended. After playing about three championship courses, the card pays for itself. For more information on the Player Card program, reach out to the Players Card Specialist at jamico@jcresorts.com or visit the JC Golf website: https://www.jcgolf.com/san-diego-golf-deals/