Playing with your balls cheaply in San Diego

If you are lucky enough to visit San Diego, California, no matter what time of year, you are almost guaranteed an awesome experience. With almost perfect weather all year long, it’s no wonder that outdoor sports are so popular here. Greater San Diego and in fact most of Southern California is well known for one thing, its beautiful and challenging golf courses. If you’ve never played before, this is the place to learn, if you are a seasoned player, you know you’ll be dragging your clubs to the check-in counter of your airlines.

Because San Diego is a major destination not only for tourists, but also business meetings, it’s always a good idea to make hotels reservations as soon as you know your dates.

 

Now that's a budget hotel!

Now that’s a budget hotel!That being said, along with a major high cost of living, as they say in Southern Oregon, “you pay for the weather”, and that’s true in San Diego County for sure. Many of the courses will charge you upwards to $300 just for the opportunity to play their course. Even the Municipal courses like Torrey Pines and deplete your wallet if you don’t know how and when to grab a cheap t-time.

 

That being said, along with a major high cost of living, as they say in Southern Oregon, “you pay for the weather”, and that’s true in San Diego County for sure. Many of the courses will charge you upwards to $300 just for the opportunity to play their course. Even the Municipal courses like Torrey Pines and deplete your wallet if you don’t know how and when to grab a cheap t-time.

 

 

And that’s what we are going to explore in this article, where, when and how to play sunny San Diego’s great golf course, for cheap.

 

One of my personal favorites is located on Coronado Island, and although not as challenging as many, the greens and fairways are always excellent, and you’re playing on the San Diego Bay, which is beautiful. Let me ask you, how many of you readers have ever played a round and had to interrupt your game because a U.S. Navy battleship was gong by so close you could see the sailors on deck?

 

Golfing in warm ocean breezes is so very refreshing

Golfing in warm ocean breezes is so very refreshing

 

Although this is a busy course for obvious reasons, it’s not unreasonable to ask for a t-time, and get it. Not really a course for the new golfer because they really enforce that you move along, with foursomes in front and behind you, going off every 10-15 minutes. The course is a Par-72, plays at 6,900 or so yards, and is a delight to play.

 

I’m sure you are asking yourself what the “damages” are for all this greatness? If you play on a weekend it will cost you $35 a head, and on weekdays $30. This is almost unheard of in San Diego County, which is why it gets so much attention, as you can imagine. Not a course you just walk on to, so try to make advanced reservations.

Maybe it's time for the wife to catch up on her tan while you chase your balls?

Maybe it’s time for the wife to catch up on her tan while you chase your balls?

 

Helpful hint: If your spouse and possibly kids are looking for something to keep occupied while your hitting the links, bring them with you to Coronado Island. The quaint little downtown is delightful, with shops, coffee houses and restaurants. They can spend hours along just exploring the famous Hotel Del Coronado, famous in the movies, and for being the largest wooden building in the U.S. There’s also bike rentals as well as quiet sandy beaches.

 

The Hotel del Coronado is a historic hotel, waterfront, with movie star history and ghosts. It's also a great place to wander, shop, or sit on the outside deck and enjoy a glass of wine and maybe some lunch.

The Hotel del Coronado is a historic hotel, waterfront, with movie star history and ghosts. It’s also a great place to wander, shop, or sit on the outside deck and enjoy a glass of wine and maybe some lunch.

 

Let’s take a look at an “inland” San Diego area golf course that offers great golf, beautiful views of vineyards, lakes and wildlife, and much more reasonable rates.

The Vineyard Golf Course in Escondido, just 30 minutes drive time from downtown San Diego is well worth the drive, especially if you want to escape the summer heat in town.

 

The course is easy to get to, just 5 minutes off of I-15 that runs out to Temecula and the great beyond. This public golf course offers you an exciting 18 holes, in a pleasant atmosphere, without the pressure found in most San Diego courses. Designed by David Rainville this is a challenging course, so you must bring you’re a-game. You can play this course for $39 for 18 holes weekdays and $45 weekends if you make an advanced t-time, and with that you get a cart. That’s a 13% discount on price, well worth the phone call or going on-line.

 

You can get some good advice from residents

You can get some good advice from residents

 

Couples Fun hint: Why not surprise your spouse or girl friend and ask them to tag along as a non-golfer and experience the rolling hills, beautiful lakes, wildlife, as well as the “19th hole”?

 

Finally lets look at another favorite, one, which you’ve probably seen on TV, Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course. This course played along the crashing waves of the spectacular ocean scene below will take your breath away. Whether you have an opportunity to play the North or South Course, you won’t be disappointed. Now, that being said, the green fees are quite a bit higher than some other courses, but the fact is, the course is always in great shape, and then there’s the views.

 

Again with Torrey Pines, it’s a stretch to think you can drive up, park; grab your bags and just walk on the course. It’s always busy, so the best bet is to make a t-time in advance. It’s also the way you can save some money, because you can get a booking fee of around $45 for the South course by advanced booking. Consider the fact that you can pay up to $229 for 18 holes on the South Course as a non-resident.

 

 

There are some ways to play this course and save big money, but you have to do it during “off hours”. You can play 18 holes of “Twilight” golf for $60-75 depending on which course, play the North’s back 9 for $60, or become a San Diego Resident, and play for less than half the non-resident fees.

 

Making your San Diego experience everything and more than expected, and not having to mortgage the home to do it, is key. Therefore, finding the best deal on your hotel choice, in the best location is key. I highly suggest taking a look at what http://www.cheaphotels.com can do for you.

 

Bon Voyage my friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About storiesbygary

I am a Freelance Writer / Photographer, writing travel related articles for international magazines, blogs and websites and my own published books.
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