LA COSTA RESORT AND SPA - Legends Course(800-854-5000)
Palm Springs Golf Course Review
La Costa Resort and Spa is a world class golf destination featuring impeccable accommodations and amenities on a resort property that includes two PGA Championship golf courses, twenty one tennis courts, and a state of the art spa and fitness activities. A typical day for the Two Guys Who Golf included a round of golf, an afternoon workout at one of the best resort gyms we have encountered, steam and spa treatments, plus dinner at one of the fine restaurants on property, or in nearby Encinitas. For more info on the resort - click here.
The newly renovated guest rooms are extremely comfortable, and provide work tables with free high speed internet, and bathrooms one could get lost in. Bath robes, slippers and complimentary La Costa toiletries make one feel like a king. Adult and family pools (with a small sand beach) with Jacuzzis are close by. The workout facility includes a beautiful Pilates room, aerobics area, free weights and the latest in resistance training machines, plus a cardio room with elliptical, cross trainers, bikes and treadmills - all with personalized cable televisions! One can work out and watch golfers tee off on the front nine of the North Course from the picture window which affords spectacular golf course views. There are showers and a steam room in the men's and women's locker rooms, and the spacious pro shop is fully stocked with the latest apparel and accessories. Legends Restaurant is located adjacent and features both indoor and outdoor dining, with spectacular flower arrangements encompassing the patio area.
On course amenities include free tees and LA Costa ball markers. Two putting greens, a short game area with bunker and targeted grass range with free range balls are also available to resort and green fee paying guests. The marking system on the courses include color coded flags to indicate the day's pin placement, 100, 150 and 200 yard markers, plus sprinkler heads that are measured to the center of the green. Service is impeccable - CLICK HERE for info on the "Golf Squad" - the latest addition to La Costa's efforts to provide world class service to golfers.
South Course Review
The Legends Course was completely renovated in 2014 and compared to the Champions layout is more spacious, with smaller greens and less penal bunkering. Under the guidance of the Champions Course architects, Pascuzzo & Pate Golf Design, all 18 holes on Legends Golf Course were thoroughly renovated, while maintaining the classic Dick Wilson-Joe Lee design. The multifaceted makeover includes a complete redesign and reconstruction of all 18 greens, as well as a thorough resurfacing of green complexes, the planting of paspalum turf in the fairways and all-new bunkering. Service is impeccable - CLICK HERE for info on the "Golf Squad" - the latest addition to La Costa's efforts to provide world class service to golfers.
Fifty nine soft sand bunkers are located along the fairways or greenside, and water comes into play in the shape of creeks and ponds on ten of the holes. There are some interesting doglegs, and the terrain is quite rolling. Five sets of tee play to distances and slopes measuring 6996 yards/133 slope, 6587 yards/128 slope, 6135 yards/ 6198 yards, 5640 yards/ 138 slope for women (118 for men) and 4938 yards with slope of 109 for men and 128 for women. As with the Champion Course, the slope ratings are quite high for a resort course - reflecting the challenge available for golfers of all skill levels.
Guests at La Costa have the pleasure of stepping out their door and meandering to the clubhouse, where their carts lead them to the practice facilities or either of the two championship courses. The 4th and 5th photos above feature one of the gorgeous pool areas, complete with luxurious seating and 3 jacuzzi tubs that afford great views of the property. Nearby is a water slide and several family pools.
We highly recommend a stay at the La Costa Resort and Spa! The landscaping around the golf courses and resort property is worth the price of admission, and the service is outstanding. Spend a day at one of the nation's best spas, eat some good food, enjoy a workout, and just relax at the pool areas. We also recommend a day or afternoon at one of the areas fine beaches - only 15 minutes away. There is an incredible array of dining and shopping opportunities in Encinitas - also just 15 minutes from the resort. Ask the concierge for suggestions - they are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. In all our travels, we will remember La Costa as one of our favorite destinations! For more info on the Legends Course, visit our page for the property on our Palm Springs golf course listing section by clicking here.