The best golf in Palm Springs and LA-LA land
Way Down South. If you make the two-hour drive south of Los Angeles to San Diego, don’t miss Coronado Island, the Gaslamp District and Old Town. To mix in some golf, the best of the best include Torrey Pines, La Costa, Barona Creek and the Rancho Bernardo Inn. No wonder this area is such a popular refuge for people in Arizona—the temps are generally 30 degrees cooler in the summer. For more info, visit www.sandiego.org.
Snap Shots. The “muni” golf courses in Los Angeles may not always be blessed with Augusta-like conditioning or Bandon Dunes-like beauty, but that isn’t to say these courses aren’t worth your time. Reason being, several municipal golf courses are located a chip shot from music, movie and television studios, and it’s not uncommon to find your favorite actor or musician killing time between takes at one of these local city-owned tracks. Bring your camera and look around. You might get lucky and wind up playing with someone famous.
For a listing of not only where to play in So. California, but also special events and course slope/ratings, visit the Southern California Golf Association at www.scga.org.
Hidden Gems In Southern California
1. Rustic Canyon Golf Course
The only hidden thing about Rustic Canyon is its location northwest of L.A., but that hasn’t slowed down play at the best new track in the Los Angeles area.
2. Robinson Ranch Golf Club
These 36 holes are minutes from the L.A. Basin, yet feel a world away. Play the Valley course first, then play the Mountain course.
3. Tijeras Creek Golf Club
The hilly terrain of Rancho Santa Margarita provides the backdrop for this exciting layout. It’s not far from John Wayne Int’l Airport, and is accessible from San Diego or L.A.
4. Coronado Golf Course
This place is a muni? Locals know that CGC has some amazing views of the bay and it’s holes are fun to play. But, that’s not all. It’s a great value, priced under $40 bucks.
5. The Alisal Ranch Golf Course
Not far from the Danish-inspired town of Solvang, this gem has a delightful, classic feel. Bring the family and have a great time.
5 Great Desert Stay-And-Plays
1. Westin Mission Hills Resort
Talk about deluxe! The rooms, spa and two golf courses have what it takes to help you have a relaxing, rejuvenating and sometimes reinvigorating experience.
2. Marriott Desert Springs
Featuring a variety of room options and great stuff for the kids, Desert Springs tops it off with a fun-to-play golf course.
3. La Quinta
For a place that’s been around for 80 years, La Quinta is swanky, luxurious and still one of the best places in the area to hang. Oh yeah, the golf at PGA West is also great.
4. Golf Resort At Indian Wells
Halfway through its second course renovation, Indian Wells still holds up among the best stay-and-plays in town. The new Celebrity Course is awesome.
5. Marriott Shadow Ridge
Nick Faldo’s interpretation of an Australian links course is truly unique. It’s also a great challenge for all skill levels.
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