Golf Course Review Aviara Golf Club Carlsbad California
Reviewed by: JohnnyGK, Thousand Oaks
Had an early birthday present given to me by Alex326 who picked up my green fee to play Aviara Golf Club on Friday 1/25. I’ve always wanted to play it having read so many positive reviews and seen so many beautiful photos. Thank You.
Outstanding golf course while not being in its typical immaculate shape yet still in great shape and tons of fun. Loved it. Place is loaded with signature holes. One of the most beautiful sets of par 3’s I’ve ever played.
Greens were smooth, fast, holding shots and very tricky to read. Without question the most challenging aspect of the golf course. Other challenging aspects were the many tight tree lined holes with thick rough. We found the front 9 rough more thick and prevalent than that back nine. The course has it’s fair share of small strategically placed water hazards close to the green complexes but not much water besides hole 8, 16 and 18 that come into play other than par 3’s. It’s a hilly course that winds its way through the high scale Aviara community/resort and there are some steep uphill and downhill shots to be found.
As for the course conditions besides the greens that I already mentioned, the fairways in very good shape. Mostly lush with full coverage. I’m not sure if the golf course closes for over-seeding before the Kia Classic at the end of March to get them pure and LPGA tour lush or if the turf is just more suited to warm weather and really perks up then. Rough, lush with some real thick stuff as mentioned its best to avoid. Bunkers in great shape with quality sand, little firm and perfectly manicured. Tee boxes, we played the blue tees and I was surprised by the mediocre condition. They had full coverage but thin at times and with noticeable divot damage. Still just fine to hit from but for such a high-end course but this caught me by surprise.
Regarding the amenities and service, top shelf, of course. Great staff, service, clubhouse, practice area and high-end feel throughout the day. I understand the food is delicious but did not have time to hang out after with Alex for bite to eat as I needed to take on the traffic and run an errand on the way home to Thousands Oaks. btw – grab a complementary cookie afterwards, tasty.
This was a golf experience I will never forget and can’t wait to have again. I’d like to come back in April-June after the Kia Classic as I hear the golf course is in mint condition then as well as the flowers being in full bloom. Highly Recommended. Check out some of the photos I posted.