#GolfCourseReview @CrossingsCbad #Golf #Carlsbad #California
Reviewed by: jjrauen, Brea
Played here, first time, on Sunday November 5th, 1100am, at a So Cal Senior rate of $79.
Perfect weather conditions ( sunny 70, slight breeze ) except for the constant thunder from private jets taking off from Palomar Airport. I’m guessing the jet traffic was higher than normal, with The Breeders Cup Championships in town (Del Mar). Racing wrapped up Saturday, so just a hunch a lot of the billionaire owners were heading home around noon on Sunday. Entertaining, for a little while, to see jets come roaring off the runway right above the 6th tee box, but after 30-40 jets, very few minutes, it made for a very distracting front 9. Nothing to do with the golf course, but I’m certain it was the noisiest couple of hours on any golf course I’ve ever played.
On to conditions:
Overall, excellent, from fairway to green, but a few tees (as mentioned in previous review) had all colors on the same spot, which made for a few chewed up tees, and the same distance
in some cases, regardless of the tees you decided to play.
Fairways were very good, well covered on most holes, firm and lush.
Greens were the challenge on this course, with some crazy tiers and undulations. My group (3 of 4 were first timers here) found speed and tilt very difficult to judge, but condition was excellent. Fast, mostly smooth and good roll, but still held nicely.
The layout is interesting to say the least. Front 9 a little more traditional, but overall, just a crazy mix of designs. Semi blind tee shots on 2, 3 and 5, sharp dogleg on 7, elevation changes on most, very short par 4 8th, and par 3 9th. Back 9 , while spectacular at times with extreme elevation changes, mixes in a couple of nice traditional flat straight, well bunkered holes (12-13). But routing to get to 12 was crazy. Over a bridge, behind the 12 green then drive the length of the fairway to the tee box, and play back down to the green. If you don’t mind a wild ride and mix of holes, you’ll love this place.
Service was very good, but I had to scramble to make tee time and then made a quick exit after round, so did not see what the rest of the facility (range, bar / restaurant, Pro Shop was like. A very nice clubhouse, for sure. No cart service on the course on this day (disappointing) so only chance for aiming fluid was at the turn. Use the touch screen GPS on board for shot placement, and hope to have a Crossings veteran in the cart if playing first time, to help with sight lines.
Give it a try, a wide variety of challenges from 1-18.