post by Terry Smith, contributor
5201A Village Drive
Oceanside, CA, 92057
Located in the city of Oceanside in northern San Diego county, this relative newcomer to the area has garnered plenty of attention-and rightfully so. This course is truly a gem. We loved it’s varied terrain and overall scenery that changes on every hole. While it’s in a residential area, it’s also adjacent to a protected habitat meaning houses are limited (in most cases) to only one side of the fairway. Furthermore, these houses do not intrude onto the course itself. There’s nothing more we dislike more than houses on a golf course.
The facility is owned by a company called JC Resorts that specializes in more upscale courses. For your money, you get a good layout, outstanding service and excellent conditions. This is not a muni type course, but it’s certainly not the most expensive in the region.
This is not a true beginners course so make sure you bring your game. While relatively short (about 6700 yards), the slope rating can be as high as 140 from the tips. That being said, there are plenty of tee options and a novice (not beginner) can feel at home here.
About the only downfall of this course is it’s location. It’s somewhat away from the traditional metropolitan centers in southern California and can be a bit of a challenge to reach. Plan on about an hour from either San Diego or Orange County. Still, for the extra few minutes it will take you to get to this course, we recommend you do so if you’re in the area.