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Reviewed by: grantar2, Mission Viejo
As this was a Guru outing their will be multiple reviews of the course. My review is from the perspective of a double bogey, hi-handicap golfer who in fact wasn’t playing anywhere near his best on this day.
The Crossings at Carlsbad is situated near the outlet mall at Carlsbad and in the backyard of Callaway Golf. You can play, eat and shop.
The course follows the topography of the canyon it was built around, and surrounds a large tracts of environmentally protected wildlife habitat.
The club house at the Crossings is impressively grand and commands a wonderful view of the first, eighteenth holes and the ocean. Arriving at the club there are members of staff waiting to take your bag, check you in and get your bag to the cart. If you wish to go to the practice range there is a shuttle to and from the range.
I arrived early, and explored the club house, pro shop, restaurant and facilities. The quality of each is befitting a high end private club. The pro shop is well stocked and has a trained club fitter on staff. Well I did not dine at Canyon’s restaurant a look at the menu, and what others were having indicated a very sophisticated dinning environment. Canyon’s could easily be considered a destination of it’s own, with a view of the hills and ocean worthy of visiting.
I elected to have a hot dog with fresh diced onions and an ice tea before warming up. The hot dog was $4 served on a fresh bun, and tasted very good. The seating area adjacent to the chipping area overlooks both the chipping and putting green and was very relaxing.
There are two chipping areas one located in a bowl, the other siting in a group of mounds and flat areas. The rough around the practice greens is deep much like that found around the greens on the course. The pitching area features multi-tiered greens similar to those found on course. A small bucket of practice balls appear to be intentionally left to practice with. (no lob shots allowed) Just east of the chipping practice area is the main putting practice green. This is large, features multi-tiered features but was not really as representative of the greens on course as the chipping greens were. All are in excellent condition.
The aforementioned shuttle regularly runs from the practice green out to the driving range, and back as well as to the parking lot.
Reviewed by: Broomy, Oceanside
I played with the gurus, but I was in the 2nd group with Johnny, Art, and Jerry. The hillsides were lush and covered with wildflowers so things were looking good. The course has some extreme elevation changes and long stretches between holes.
With the 5-year drought courses have been switching to drought tolerant grass that don’t look as lush as courses where it, well, rains, so we should probably judge lushness from that perspective. With that in mind, I’d say the course was lush. The bunkers were in pretty good shape, there was nary a bad lie in the fairway, unless you get unlucky and land in a divot. The greens were lush by any standard. They were a little slow but seemed to track well, and generally held shots, except for Johnny’s 2nd shot into the par 5 15th, which left him short-sided with a nasty little shot out of thick rough. The greens are confounding but fair, so expect at least a few three putts, unless your iron game is so good you can stick it close every time.
Overall, one of the better tracks in the area, and if you play it regularly they have a pretty decent frequent players card.
Had a great time with the GK Gurus at the Crossings on a mild sunny afternoon with only light breezes on Wednesday, 4/5/17. Thanks to Johnny for setting this up, and to GKers weber2323 and gary00 for an enjoyable round. Also had an opportunity to meet GKers grantar2 and jmo1pro2 for the first time, and to see Broomy after a long interval. Check-in was easy but they lost my towel. Range balls provided; range was on good mats, as gary00 noted (but I’ve never seen the tees on grass here). Basic comfortable carts (no ball washer, cooler but no ice or water), and a very nice interactive TKV GPS system that shows other carts in your hitting zone. Many sprinkler heads also marked.
Greens were very good – accepted shots and rolled at medium-fast speeds, although they were a little bumpy in the afternoon. We saw scattered old ballmarks on each green. Fairways looked semi-dormant but lies were very good, although we saw many unfilled divots on each hole. Rough was cut short and very playable. I wasn’t in a bunker, but playing partners looked to have OK conditions. Tees were level and in good shape, with par-3s a little chopped up. The course provides sand bottles at each par-3 tee and on shorter par-4s where you are more likely to hit an iron (but some were empty).
We burned through the divot mix canisters on our cart quickly with all the unfilled divots we found. A rack of divot mix canisters at the 8th hole parking area (for layups on the short par-4) were all empty. There’s a refill rack for divot mix on the 10th tee. I’ve always had a good experience at the Crossings and recommend the course.
Reviewed by: weber2323, San Diego, CA
Played in the Guru outing yesterday with David and Gary. Always a pleasure playing with these gentlemen. Check in was smooth and the guys in the shop were very helpful telling me where everything was.
Range was mats today. I saw another couple guys come down only to realize you need to pay at the shop which is kind of a hike. There are also 2 small chipping greens and a pretty big putting green.
Greens were a little too soft, wiggly and slow for my taste. I’d like them to firm up a bit and then I think they could hold a putts line a little better. You certainly need to play here a couple times to know where to hit them on the green. Lots of slopes out here and some places where I don’t think they should even consider putting the pin.
Fairways are decent. Not lush green as you would expect. It was a little yellow out there but hitting off them were just fine. Your going to hit a variety of clubs but the wind and elevation make shots challenging.
Rough around the fairways were non existent and very patchy. Rough around the greens was a little thicker in spots but certainly playable.
I was in one fairway bunker and it was super firm. Greenside bunkers looked to be just fine with good sand.