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Reviewed by: jmo1pro2, Vista
Played the Crossings on 4/5/17, with the other fine GK’s Review Gurus who has already posted their reviews. My apologies for the length but this is a comprehensive review of the total facility since it a San Diego “MUST PLAY” front-runner, along with Maderas and Torrey Pines.
The course is easy to get to, just minutes from the I-5 (Palomar Airport Road Exit). It has received numerous accolades since it opened in 2007. It is on the “Must Play” list on just about everyone’s list for play in San Diego County. The course is well managed by Kemper Sports. The facility, amenities and employees are designed and trained to create a high-end resort experience, though it is listed as a municipal facility.
Who wouldn’t want to play the most expensive constructed golf course in the US? Designed by Greg Nash, it took 17 years from concept to completion at an astronomical cost of $62.8 Million! The course is spread out over 400 acres, of which 220 acres are protected native flora and fauna, wildlife habitat and Indian archaeological tribe area. There are over 7 miles of concrete cart paths to guide you through the course. No surprise that carts are mandatory and included in the price.
All of these protections and maintenance challenges comes with a price. Pricing structure differ between Carlsbad, Southern CA and General Public. For Southern CA residents, WKDAY GF: $80 (M-TH), $89 (Fri), $95 (Sat-Sun, Holidays). Out of area prices are higher and discounts rates of $60, $77, $79 are available for So Cal Seniors (+55). $59 and $65 for active military. ID required.
The course got its name “the Crossings” from the 5 steel bridges that transverse high above protected wetlands and habitats woven throughout the course. There are no homes are businesses nearby, protected by federal environmental laws. This also means that one should not ventured in some protective areas (blue stakes) to look for errant balls.
The clubhouse is a massive 28,000 sq ft building complete with a full service Canyon Restaurant, with extensive food/alcohol menu, serving breakfast and lunch daily. The Pro Shop was well stocked, offering logo Foot-Joy apparel and high end Taylormade or Callaway rental sets. From the locker rooms to the large terrace with fire pits overlooking ocean views, compliment the user experiences. Ultra ambience throughout!
When entering the parking lot, drop your bag off at the bag drop and signed in with a starter and course ambassadors. NOTE: Reservations in pairs of 2 are accepted at most online outlets. GK’ers singles (with coupon) and Forelinx’s singles are your single player options.
You’ll be asked if you are there for practice, play or both. Ambassadors will place your club for transport to either the cart staging area or escort you to the driving range. Lots of stairs or steep paths to maneuver to get to your cart or to the putting green. Tipping was refused when offered. (Please tip your beverage cart and half way concession stand hostess, though, if service warrants it).
The lighted driving range is approximately 200 yds from the clubhouse. The range is 310 yds deep with multiple target areas using color coded flags. You won’t know the target distance unless you happen to notice the legend in the ground. Above ground signage would enhance the range experience.
A range key or code from the clubhouse is use to dispense clean Taylor-made range balls. You might have to wait on baskets, however. Prices are $4/25 balls, $7/50 balls and $10/100 balls. Discounted Range cards are available for $19, $45, $85 for the same number of balls listed above.
There are 25 synthetic turf stalls, 8 ft across, with bag racks, water coolers and benches. The end of the range is reserved for lessons. The course is lit for nighttime use. The range closes at 9 PM.
The 2 tier, 12,000 sq ft practice Bent grass/Poa annua putting green is near the 2nd Starter podium and first tee. There were only 8 putting cups which is not enough when crowded. No chipping allowed on the putting green. There are 2 chipping greens and a practice bunker nearby to refine your wedges.
Reviewed by: JohnnyGK, Westlake Village
Great time on Wednesday with fellow GK Review Gurus out at the Crossings at Carlsbad on a gorgeous day in North San Diego County. I just posted some photos so check them out.
I was pleased to see the greens healed from their February aeration. Right now, being April is the peak season for spring maintenance, this is a big bonus. They ran mostly smooth, moderate speed and soft. It was an afternoon round on pao greens so they are not going to be as fast and smooth as a morning round. Overall the golf course was in great shape. I particularly liked the conditions of the fairways. Last year, this time they were mostly “blond” in color due to colder temps but this time around, light green, great padding under ball, good roll off the tee, not a bad lie out there. These are Bermuda turf fairways so their peak conditions won’t be evident until this summer but again, a pleasure to play off now. The rough, sort of in the same boat as the fairways but there is a blend of poa and rye grass clumps to go along with the Bermuda so it’s a mixed bag on the lie you will get. No thin lies but makes for some challenging shots for sure. Bunkers are a major challenge to your game and well positioned on the course. Sand quality was good to great. Pretty consistent. Try to avoid them if you want a good score as they can be deep. Tee boxes in very good shape. Lush and level.
As far as service, excellent. Lots of friendly professional staff on hand throughout your golf experience.
Ammenities, very impressive. To start with they have NEW carts with lithium batteries. They got a lot of energy for sure. Smooth ride. The have a USB charger, chrome wheels, comfortable seats, nice job on the upgrade! (see photo). The clubhouse is simply spectacular with a delicious restaurant packed with ocean views, loaded proshop and relaxing bar. One of the nicer clubhouses I’ve experienced. Practice facilities are very good with practice chipping, putting and driving range (quality mats on range).
I don’t miss many opportunities to play this course, I enjoy this layout for all its challenges, views and uniqueness. I’m a big fan of the back nine as it makes its way through the hillsides with great variety of holes, elevated tees and natural scenery.