REDHAWK GOLF COURSE (951-302-3850)
San Diego Golf Course Review
Red Hawk Golf Club in Temecula, about 30 minutes north of San Diego, is a beautiful 18-hole championship design that is managed by CSC Golf. Located just a few miles of I-15 off the 79/Indio exit, in the heart of the Temecula wine country, Red Hawk is easy to get to and well worth the ride. The course hosted the 2006 California Open, and has been awarded 4 stars by Golf Digest Places to Play.
The recognition is well deserved, as this property features some spectacular golf holes, with scenery to match. Mountain Vistas are prevalent at every turn, as the course winds its way through an upscale residential community. Architect Ron Fream made excellent use of the rolling topography, with the course situated below the residential developments which are sufficiently removed from the playing surfaces.
There are 4 sets of tee boxes that play to distances and slopes measuring 7095 yards/145 slope, 6755 yards/139 slope, 6310 yards/131 slope and 5515 yards with a slope of 125 for women hitting from the forward sets. As these ratings indicate, the layout presents ample challenges from the two back tees, and is a fair test from the whites and reds. On course sprinkler heads are measured to the center of the green, and 100/150/200 yard markers are posted both on the fairways and cart paths. 150 yard stakes double as directional devices, and color coded flags indicate front, middle and back hole locations.
On property is a pro shop plus the Rico Cantina that serves a variety of sandwiches and dishes with a Mexican flair. Practice facilities include a targeted grass range with sand bunker, a short game area for chipping, plus two wonderfully manicured putting greens. One of the practice greens is conveniently situated outside the pro shop door and is very level, while the second green is situated on the hillside leading towards the 10th tee, and is quite undulating.
The putting surfaces on the course are also quite sloping, usually raised, and frequently double or triple tiered. These bent grass greens are true rolling and were in excellent condition on our mid-February visit. Miss the greens on the approach, and golfers will be confronted with some tricky up and down opportunities in the grassy swales and mounds that create them. There are some gorgeous golf holes, but the par 4 sixth, playing from an elevated tee over wonderfully landscaped sand waste areas along with the island green par three 8th are simply spectacular. Ditto for the par three 12th, which also has an island green - surrounded by sand waste!
There are over 50 soft sand traps of various shapes and sizes situated along the landing zones of the fairways or located greenside, and water comes into play on 6 holes. There is generally plentiful room on the fairways, but lots of trouble to get into near the greens. We highly recommend a round here - for all levels of players. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.