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I had a really fun interview this morning with Chad Beckley of Premiercaddie.org about his company’s caddying services that unwittingly produced the material for a post I’ve been meaning to write for some time.
My list of laments about Southern California golf – and trust me it’s a very short list – includes the lack of walkable courses. Before moving here, I walked the majority of my rounds in the Midwest. In fact, my favorite way to play was to hike out for nine in the late afternoon.
Largely due to course layout and topography of California courses, and a bit due to course business models, a good golf walk in SoCal is tough to find … but not impossible.
But if anyone would know where to find one, it’s a caddy since they make their living on their two feet in golf shoes every week.
Anyway, Chad provided me a list that’s better than I could’ve come up with on my own. But we before we get to that, Chad also makes a great case for walking.
“I’m not a strict purist, but walking is a fundamental part of the game. And it’s good for you,” he says. “Also, I think players who walk have a different respect for the game than those who don’t.”
And a different appreciation. I felt like a new a course better once I had walked it and played better as well. Also, walking builds a natural pacing into your game. And I’d certainly much rather walk on a course where I’m anticipating slow play. Riding in a cart just makes it worse.
But anyway …
So here’s the list from a real authority on the subject.
Best Golf Walks in San Diego, courtesy of premiercaddie.org
1. Torrey Pines
2. Ranch Santa Fe CC
3. El Camino CC (Oceanside)
4. Admiral Baker – “The north course is the sleeper of the county. So good. And great greens.”
6. Balboa – “It’s a little tougher walk the rest. Definitely No. 6, but still good.”
Of those, I’ve played Torrey, El Camino and Coronado and all three would’ve made my list. I also would’ve added St. Mark’s in San Marcos, although I’m not sure walking is an option at least as far as the cart is included in your round.
Torrey is obviously a fantastic walk. I would likely do it every week if I had a city card. El Camino is where I’ve walked the most and wouldn’t play it any other way. So enjoyable.
I didn’t walk Coronado when I played it but would if I did again. It’s flat as the deck of an air-craft carrier.
Premier Caddie currently provides caddying services primarily at Torrey Pines, Maderas Golf Club, the Grand Del Mar, Del Mar CC and Rancho Santa Fe CC.
If you have any other preferred walks, please post in the comments section, which I know is getting spammed to high heaven. I’m working on getting that cleaned up. Thanks for your patience. The blog is a little busy.
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