2100 Costa Del Mar Rd,
Carlsbad, California 92009
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Rural countryside and residential.
Original design by Dick Wilson (1965); later improvements by Joe Lee (1973, 1984) and Damian Pascuzzo, Steve Pate & Jeff Brauer (2011).
Above distances are for the Champions course. Also at La Costa Resort is the 18-hole Legends course (par-72; 7,077 yds from back tees).
30 miles N of San Diego
From I-5 (north of San Diego) take exit 44 and head east on La Costa Ave. After 1.8 miles turn left into El Camino Real. After 500 yds turn right at traffic lights into Costa del Mar Rd and follow signs to resort and golf.
La Costa Resort (Champions course): After a 35-year association with the PGA Tour, which has now moved on to pastures new, La Costa can still boast two strong and challenging layouts. The Champions course (formerly North course), is generally regarded as a tougher proposition than the sibling Legends layout. Subject to a major improvement project in 2011, this is where the game's elite plied their trade in numerous Tour events over the years.
This very pleasant and nicely undulating resort-style layout, runs out-and-back from the clubhouse and resort hotel, with pairs of holes lightly flanked by a variety of trees and a smattering of unobtrusive real estate. The good-width fairways look inviting from the tee, with stylish bunkering and a generous band of not overly penal rough awaiting anything hit offline. Hitting the often small and elevated greens will require well-honed approach play.
As you approach "the turn" at the excellent par-3 8th, water makes a telling appearance, as it does on eight of the next ten holes. Small lakes, ponds and streams will all threaten at different points, not least at the signature par-3 16th. This huge favourite with players and tournament spectators alike, requires water to be crossed from tee-to-green; miss the putting surface and your next shot will probably be from one of a posse of bunkers that surround the green.
Formerly one of the biggest name courses on the PGA Tour, La Costa's Champions course remains a classic and testing layout, and one that is holding-up well under intensive resort play conditions.
Stay & Play at La Costa: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. Play on the Champions and Legends courses alternates on a daily basis. On any given day, one course is reserved for members, the other is public-access, and vice versa on the following day.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Walking permitted with a caddie. Caddies available.
La Costa's distinguished record of hosting top level professional tournaments dates back to the 1970's, when it became the regular home of the PGA Tour's season opener, The Tournament of Champions. More recently it has staged the WGC Accenture Match Play Championships, as well as the WGC World Cup of Golf and several Champions Tour events (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >La Costa).
2100 Costa del Mar Road, Carlsbad, California 92009
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The amenities at La Costa Resort & Spa are endless. From golf courses that have been home to PGA Tour events for over 40 years, to first-class tennis facilities, luxury spa, sparkling swimming pools and much more. Unlimited thrills and fun await you at this award-winning Carlsbad California resort.
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