MADERAS GOLF CLUB (858-451-8100)
San Diego Golf Course Review
Maderas Golf Club is a 4 1/2 star (Golf Digest Places to Play) Johnny Miller/Robert Muir Graves championship design that is located about 30 minutes north of Downtown San Diego. Opened for play in 1999, this Troon operated golf property has been recognized as the # 1 course you can play in San Diego and # 6 in California for five consecutive years in the Zagat Survey. Golf Leisure and Travel Magazine also awarded Maderas 4 1/2 stars out of five!
Known for its breathtaking vistas, superb playing conditions and unsurpassed service, Maderas provides 5 sets of tee boxes that play to distances and slopes measuring 7115 yards/145 slope, 6654 yards/140 slope, 6352 yards/138 slope, 6057 yards/135 slope and 5100 yards with a slope of 131 form men and 142 for women playing from the forward tees. As these slope ratings indicate, golfers of all skill levels will .be challenged to play to their handicaps on this course.
On property is a full service practice facility including targeted grass range, short game area and putting green. The beautiful clubhouse features a pro shop stocked with the latest in brand name equipment, apparel and accessories - with club fitting also available. The Grille at Maderas is casual yet elegant, with lunch menus daily and breakfast from 8 am to 1 am on Saturdays and Sundays. A newly constructed banquet facility provides a glamorous setting for weddings and special events, and can facilitate up to 300 guests.
The golf course is spectacular! Impeccable conditioning compliments the exciting hole designs to make this a truly memorable experience. Wide manicured fairways lead to quick rolling bent grass greens that are large in size and undulating in nature. There are numerous elevated tees and fairways, and frequent uphill or downhill approaches.Mounding on the sides of fairways can either help the positioning of your ball, or send it into the bush or into one of the many water hazards on property. Errant approach shots to the green may end up in one of the grassy swales or collection areas that can make getting up and down a challenge.
There are approximately 65 intricately designed soft sand bunkers, many penal in nature with high lips - especially near the greens. Water comes into play on just 4 holes, including the par four ninth, which features ponds situated on both sides of the fairway, squeezing the landing area and also challenging the approach to a double tiered green complex. The par threes here are beautiful, the par fives are challenging (number 2,3,4 and 7 handicaps) and there is a wonderful set of four pars that feature a great variety in shot selection. The driver should get a good workout, but most golfers will use every club in their bag. There are a few holes where lay-ups are the prudent play, and the green complexes
vary enough that the full array of chips and pitches, from low runners to high arcing lobs, are necessary to score. Coolers and towels are standard on all carts. Players will appreciate the 150 yard stakes, 100, 150 and 200 yard blocks on fairways and cart paths, and sprinkler heads that are measured to the green on all par fours and fives. Great course - great facilities, wonderful service…this is a MUST PLAY in the San Diego area. For more info, visit our page for Maderas, with a direct link to their website by clicking here.