San Diego: A Golfer’s Destination
For golf lovers, San Diego and the surrounding area have become one of the top destinations in the county. With gorgeous year-round weather, golfers can hit the greens just as easily in December as in June. It’s no wonder there are more than 90 courses scattered around the area.
Of all the courses in and around San Diego, the course at Aviara Golf Club is one of the most acclaimed. With view of the Pacific Ocean and the Batiquitos Lagoon, the course was designed by Arnold Palmer to be in harmony with nature. The challenge was to sculpt the landscape around the natural topography of three valleys while preserving the wetlands—in fact it took more than a decade to develop the property. Once completed, the course fulfilled the vision of everyone involved. It recycles water for 95% of its irrigation needs, uses waterfalls and streams as hazards, and features wildflowers at the edge of the fairways and greens. The result is as golf-friendly as it is eco-friendly: Golf Digest and Golf Magazine named it one of the best golf resort courses in America, and in 2007 readers of Condé Nast Traveler rated it the number one golf resort in Southern California. Better still, the Aviara Golf Academy offers golf instruction to enthusiasts of all ages—including kids as young as seven.
Golfers interested in finding the perfect set of clubs may also want to visit the TaylorMade Performance Lab. There, golfers of all levels don electronic sensor body suits and take multiple swings in front of nine cameras, each capturing a different aspect of the athlete’s motion. Once the swing is analyzed, TaylorMade matches the golfer to the ideal set of golf clubs.
Southern California offers a number of treats for golfers—manicured courses, ideal weather, expert instructors, to name but a few. Whether you’re an accomplished golfer or a raw hobbyist, you’ve come to the right place: San Diego.