JOURNEY AT PECHANGA (866-991-7277)
San Diego Golf Course Review
Destined to be one of the finest in California, Journey at Pechanga is a new 72 Par, 7,219 yard Arthur Hills designed Championship 18-Hole golf course open to the public as of August 1, 2008. Nestled in the foothills of the scenic Southern California wine country in Temecula Valley on the Pechanga Indian Reservation, adjacent to Pechanga Resort & Casino, the impressive, world class course winds along a spectacular boulder strewn mountain with over 7 miles of cart paths also boasts a dramatic 62,000 square foot Clubhouse with high-end resort amenities, designed by Franklin Lloyd Wright.
Journey offers an ideal golfing experience for all skill levels. The course is challenging but playable with a choice of five tee boxes. Journey winds its way across the Pechanga River over impressive, rustic wooden bridges and takes full advantage of the simply awe-inspiring terrain which rises and falls some 300 feet - often with majestic views of the Temecula Valley. As the name implies, this golf course presents an exhilarating "journey" that is sure to create an unforgettable and lasting impression for every golf enthusiast who sets foot on the course.
During our December 2008, we found the operation to be first class all the way, from the finely manicured and landscaped conditioning, to the extraordinary clubhouse amenities. Golfers are treated to well-appointed locker rooms with showers, a restaurant lounge (serving breakfast and lunch menus) with gorgeous patio affording tremendous views, and a nicely stocked pro shop. The practice facilities include a targeted grass range, short game area with multiple sand bunkers, plus 2 large putting greens.
On course amenities include a fleet of upscale golf carts, Each equipped with coolers and Informer GPS, which provides accurate information from tee to pin. PGA Professional Corey Pavin has added his approval as representative for the property, as he is the official ambassador for the course, which he is confident golfers will love to play!
The five sets of tee areas play to distances and slopes measuring 7219 yards/142 slope, 6736 yards/138 slope, 6276 yards/132 slope, 5534 yards/122 slope and 4852 yards with a slope of 116 from the forward tees. Players will encounter undulating fairways along an extremely rolling terrain, highlighted by a drop of 175 from tee to fairway on the number 1 handicapped par four 6th.
The layout begins simply enough with a couple of very score-able par fours, but slowly toughens as the terrain works its way up the mountain. The green complexes range from fairly simple with ample recovery areas along the fringes, to spectacular undulating with tiers and collection areas awaiting mis-hit approaches. The putting surface on 18 is an aqdevnture, with 2 tiers separated by a dip that creates the need for golfers to land on the correct level. Four putts are not uncommon here!
The Journey ends in spectacular fashion…but the entire golf experience is awesome! Situated in Temecula between Palm Springs and San Diego, this golf course is truly a must play. The resort features the largest casino in California, upscale accommodations, a health club/spa, a variety of dining options, expansive meeting and conference space, and of course - great golf facilities. For more info on Pechanga and resort facilities, visit our page for the resort by clicking here. For more info on the golf course including a direct link to their website, click here.