Teeing it up at Sycuan Resort

The signature #4 at Sycuan

The signature #4 at Sycuan

One of the most overlooked aspects of San Diego is our abundance of great golf courses. Despite perfect weather and an amazing selection of courses we are still not given our due credit as a golf destination.

I recently played a few rounds at the course where I learned the game, Sycuan Resort. The course is in great shape right now with the greens and fairways all in excellent condition.

The weather in San Diego has also been ideal for golf lately with temperatures in the upper 60’s at most of the inland courses and a nice little layer of clouds to keep us from getting farmer tans.

My cousin recently decided to take a contracting job in Baghdad, so I decided to treat him to perhaps his last round of golf ever a fun sendoff on the links.

We teed it up on my favorite track there, Willow Glen, which features two great signature holes on four and twelve.

The par 3 #12 on Willow Glen

The par 3 #12 on Willow Glen

I’m a 21 handicapper, so I guess you could call me an average golfer and for me this course is a great challenge, but also manageable.

I had two memorable holes on my most recent outing.

  • #4 – Par 4, 323 yards

The signature hole on Willow Glen has an extremely elevated tee box, with an approach shot over water.

For me it was a 5-iron off the tee, which landed in the short stuff. Then came the part where my game gets tricky. I launched a sand wedge onto the upper tier of the green, which was not where the flag was that day.

Luckily I managed a miraculous 20 foot downhill put to make par. I tried to act like I make 20-footers all the time, but there was a Tiger-esque fist-pump that slipped out.

  • #11 – Par 4, 372 yards

The other highlight of the day was a birdie on #11. It is a fairly tame 372 yard par four,  but it gets a whole lot tougher when you knock your drive into the sand 180 yards from the hole like I did.

The good part of that lie was that I got to use my rescue 5 which sits in the bag most of the time.  I managed to pick it clean and land it 2 feet from the cup, then made the birdie put.

Sycuan is a haven for our neighbors in Arizona and L.A. because they offer two championship courses, plus a great executive course, all alongside a 100 room hotel with a relaxing spa and a casino just down the road.

Sycuan is also ideal for tournaments with 54 holes they can accommodate virtually any size group. The banquet facilities are top notch as well.

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About Brian

I am married with two beautiful children and loving life. I’m pretty sure my head size is literally getting larger every year I go past 30, is that normal? I love my job & hometown of SD and if you ever visit you’ll understand why my city is better than the rest.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?

Golf in the morning. Then head to La Jolla shores with friends. Wrap it up with dinner at a great sushi restaurant and then finish watching the Padres beat the Dodgers.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

Behind the scenes just about anywhere. I always want to know what’s making it all tick, at a theme park, a ballpark, or a concert. I love seeing what's happening behind the curtain.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Hanging at the beach and playing volleyball with friends. I also really love going to dog beach & now that I’m a new dad, anywhere that makes the little guy laugh.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Burgers and beer for sure!

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…

The Fray - The Fray, Bless His Name - Jeremy Riddle, New Radicals - You Only Get What you Give, and Bobby Brown - On Our Own. No more, I got in trouble from IT for downloading at work!

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