CROSS CREEK GOLF CLUB (951-506-3402)
San Diego Golf Course Review
Cross Creek Golf Club combines the expertise in design by Arthur Hills with the natural beauty of the Temecula Valley, to present a pristine and memorable Southern California golf experience. This open for daily play layout is situated in a secluded natural environment, free of residences, freeways and noise! The rolling terrain features beautiful hillside vistas as it winds its way among rippling creeks and groves of old oak and sycamore trees.
The clubhouse at Cross Creek features a full service golf shop with apparel, accessories, balls and golf clubs ready for purchase - with fitting service available. The top brand names are in shoes and attire is in stock, with prices that are comparable to those in many of the discount golf stores. The Cross Creek Grille doubles as a sports bar, serving hot and cold sandwiches, salads and beverages that are available in the lounge or on the outdoor patio. With this pristine location, Cross creek is a favorite for weddings, outings and special events.
Golfers will enjoy the large grass range with target greens , plus the large practice green that can be used for putting and chipping. The member's area also has bunkers for sand practice. Lessons of all varieties from certified PGA instructors are available. The Golf course was designed to present a good test - and it does with four sets of tees that play to slopes that range from142-118. The tips measure 6833yards/142 slope, the gold's play to 6310 yards/136 slope for men and 144 for women, the blue's measure 5609/126 slope for men and 136 for women, while the forward tees top out at 4606 yards with a slope of 118.
There is a mix of tree lined and open links style holes, many with sloping elevation changes, and all with tightly situated green complexes that demand accurate shot-making skills off the tee and along the fast rolling fairways. There also are some significant water hazards plus an array of rough-edged sand bunkers that are often penal in nature. In total 47 sand bunkers dot the course, situated greenside or along the fairways, and 4 holes have water in play. Par View GPS standard on all carts provides accurate info from tee to pin, and the fairways also are marked with 150 yard stakes and blocks at 100 and 200 yards on all par fours and fives.
The bent grass putting surfaces were in wonderful shape during our February 2007 visit - true rolling and quick! Approaches that miss the greens will often times come to rest in grassy swales and collection areas that can create some tricky up and down situations. Golfers may also find that shots onto the raised greens may roll off the steep slopes on some holes, as these surfaces are crowned in sections. There are some extremely interesting holes - and the sequence from holes 4 through 6 uniquely features back to back to back holes that dogleg uphill, from right to left.
We highly recommend a round on Cross Creek, which is worth the 1 hour drive north of San Diego. There are some wonderful views of the hillsides and surround wine country. For more information, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.