Tips for the golf beginner in San Diego

One thing that we San Diegans love about our town is the weather that allows us to do just about any outdoor activity at any given time. We have the beach, the mountains, the deserts and our good friend Mexico to the south, all of which provide us with countless opportunities to get outside and do cool stuff.

One of our most popular activities is golf. San Diego County is home to dozens courses and Carlsbad also happens to be the hub of some of the biggest brands in the golf industry. Callaway, Cobra, TaylorMade and many more have set up their international offices here, and for good reason: This is the perfect golf town.

Maybe you’re an avid player who gets out multiple times every week, or maybe you just like golf as an avenue to drink beer in the sunshine. Either way, here are a few tips to help you enjoy some of San Diego’s courses.

If you have never golfed, I recommend taking a lesson or two either from a friend who knows how to play well or visit one of the dozens of golf schools throughout the county.

San Diego golf courses

Mission Bay Golf Course

Address: 2702 N. Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay

Hours: Open 6:45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily

Tecolote Canyon Golf Course

Address: 2755 Snead Ave., Clairemont

Hours: Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

That way you’ll have a little time to figure out your swing and learn some technique before stepping onto a course. It can save you and the groups behind you lots of frustration if you can at least advance the ball down the fairway in fewer than 10 strokes. You will benefit greatly even from one lesson, I promise you.

Once you have taken your lesson and hit some balls at the driving range, you will no-doubt be champing at the bit to get out and play on a real course. I recommend that you find a user-friendly course to try out for your first time. Keep in mind that weekends get crowded, so plan accordingly, get a tee time and try to not go at peak hours, as it can get backed up with people and sometimes take six hours to finish a round.

I recommend Tecolote Canyon in Bay Park or Mission Bay Golf Course in Pacific Beach. These are both user-friendly courses that have some very playable short holes, and the crowd that frequents these courses is used to beginners.

If you don’t have your own set of clubs, try to borrow some from a friend or you can rent a set in the pro shop when you are checking in to play a round. I recommend this option before buying, just in case you find golf isn’t the sport for you or you find that it’s something that requires too much commitment at first.

Most of all try to exercise patience and enjoy the outdoors with your friends as you learn a new sport that could quickly become your newest obsession.

For a list of more golf courses around San Diego, click here.

As a lifelong San Diegan, Ken Lewis has surfing and ocean life in his DNA. A 30-year surfer himself, Lewis has worked in the surf and skate industry for most of his career. Send him thoughts about the surfing and fitness worlds to or follow him on Instagram @hanger18.

Source: DiscoverSD