You might think greater San Diego, one of America’s premier year-round destinations, would be teeming with first-rate golf resorts. But in truth the choices have been few: La Costa, the Four Seasons Resort Aviara and the Lodge at Torrey Pines. Now comes the recently opened Grand Del Mar. Built for $270 million, the 249-room hotel was designed in a Spanish Revival style that recalls the work of resort architect Addison Mizner. The guest rooms and suites feature distressed-wood furnishings and original fine art.
The golf course at the resort, however, is not new. The Grand Golf Club originally opened in 1999 as a public course called Meadows Del Mar. In 2003, the resort’s developers purchased the layout—the area’s only Tom Fazio design—and turned it into a private club. But now the course, a scenic eighteen that plays through Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, is open to resort guests as well as members. As part of a series of recent improvements, new sand was put in the bunkers, extensive new sod was laid and the sixteenth hole was lengthened by 115 yards and changed from a par four to a par five. Moreover, the course is seldom crowded, keeping the pace of play brisk and the conditioning superb.
The Grand Del Mar 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, California. Architect: Tom Fazio, 1999. Yardage: 7,160. Par: 72. Green Fees: $230–$250. Rooms: from $525. Contact: 888-314-2030, thegranddelmar.com.