San Diego’s golf scene is undeniably prestigious, thanks in large part to Torrey Pines, home to the instant classic 2008 U.S. Open. Tiger Woods’ iconic 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole remains one of the most recognizable moments in the sport’s history. To this day, the hair-raising roar of the crowd still echoes through La Jolla Cove. The San Diego golf community plays host to various PGA Tour events, “Golf Fest,” and well-attended annual conventions, including the Golf Industry Show. Golf matters here in San Diego, and that extends to La Jolla, a peaceful, seaside community along the Pacific Ocean’s edge. La Jolla is also home to one of the most beloved vacation homes in the region: the Celebrity Oceanfront Estate, just minutes from Torrey Pines and the distinguished La Jolla Country Club.
The Crown Jewel: Torrey Pines Golf Course
Very few rounds of golf rival the magic of Torrey Pines, arguably the best public course in the nation. Despite its grandeur, anyone can reserve a tee time at this dazzling, oceanside marvel, designed masterfully by William F. Bell (a member of California’s “first family of golf design”). Bell’s two 18-hole layouts hug La Jolla’s coastline on a former World War II Army installation. The rolling hills and scarce forestry blend flawlessly with the dunes, beachgrass, and azure Pacific. Torrey Pines should sit atop every San Diego golf course bucket list—just remember to book a tee time several months in advance!
The Exclusive Gem: La Jolla Country Club
Full disclosure: La Jolla Country Club is a private facility. Therefore, an invitation from an acting member is required. However, the Celebrity Oceanfront Estate is less than a mile from the club’s western edge. You’re bound to meet a friendly member or two during your travels. We also recommend utilizing Elite Destination Homes’ concierge service—let them work their magic! And perhaps 18 holes at La Jolla will be on the docket this winter. The country club itself is a startlingly-beautiful, ocean-view masterpiece that borders several neighborhoods, including the Windansea Beach community. Most golfers marvel at the white-sand bunkers, vibrant fairways, and idyllic pace of play.
The Underdog: Tecolote Canyon Golf Course
While Tecolote Canyon certainly isn’t a top-tier San Diego golf course, it remains one of the region’s most secretive hidden gems. The La Jolla ocean vistas are replaced by a cartographic anomaly: a primeval canyon in the heart of the city. Wildlife frequents this 900-acre slice of San Diego, as do golfers looking for some off-the-beaten-path value. Renowned Robert Trent Jones Sr. put his masterful stamp on Tecolote Canyon in 1964, and the rest is history. It’s a rare par-58 course, often regarded as one of the “best challenges” in the country. Golfers with a strong short-game will find Tecolote Canyon to be a surprising delight.
A Long-Awaited San Diego Golf Getaway
The perfect place to start and finish each day of beach relaxation, aquatic adventure (SeaWorld, perhaps?), and championship San Diego golf is inside the heavenly Celebrity Oceanfront Estate, perched above the Pacific Ocean. As one of the most luxurious vacation rentals in La Jolla, this seven-bedroom villa is a hot commodity amongst golf groups, including corporate upper management, large families, and bachelor parties. The home features an oceanside pool, a rooftop tennis court, an outdoor hot tub, a spacious firepit area, floor-to-ceiling windows, a chef’s kitchen, and even a private movie theater. Live like a celebrity in this jaw-dropping architectural masterpiece. But, first, give us a call today at 651-389-3843 to inquire about availability.