Salt Creek Golf Club

Par 4 #11 at Salt Creek

Par 4 #11 at Salt Creek

Saturday I took advantage of the warm summer weather and got out to Salt Creek Golf Club. This great links-style course is nestled into the foothills of Chula Vista, a suburb about 25 minutes from Downtown San Diego.

Golf for Normal People
I love the fact that the course is a challenge, and it is an authentic golf experience, but there is no pretense at Salt Creek. There are no snooty members, no overzealous Tiger wannabe’s, just working people who love the game and want a fun and challenging course they can afford.

Course Honors
Make no mistake though, this is a serious golf course, Golf Digest gave them 4 ½ Stars in their Best Places to Play 2008-2009. There is also a massive all-grass driving range with lights so you can hit balls until the wee-hours.

If you get a tee time after the morning haze lifts hole #1’s tee-box offers great views all the way to the Pacific Ocean and the Coronado Islands.

Rates vary from $35 – to- $95, if you call the club (619 482-4666) and mention that you saw this blog they will give you a special deal! Be sure to also look for great last minute specials, and the Players Club, a great value.

How to Get There
From the north it is best to use the new toll-road. It’s $3 each way and exact change is required. It was also loaded with cops, so don’t think your $6 just bought you a pass on the autobahn.

Conditions Right Now
Superintendent Rob Browns deserves some love for keeping the course in such great shape during the warm dry days of a San Diego summer. The course is in amazing condition.

How I Scored
Not a scorecard I want to frame, that’s for certain. Let’s put it this way, I went to the beach the following day and I can’t tell which location had me in more sand.

I had to scramble up a good back nine to break 100, and it seems like I was hitting out of a bunker on every other hole, but that’s links golf for you.

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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!

11 thoughts on “Salt Creek Golf Club

  1. I got a chance to visit San Diego (from Canada) last year and played Salt Creek. Spectacular scenery, great course and friendly people. I’d highly recommend a round at this course if you’re in the SD area.

  2. With the bitter freeze here, I am looking forward to getting some golf in however possible. I had heard of this course from a friend that lives in La Jolla and he said he really enjoyed the layout. If Golf Digest gave them 4.5 stars it has to be pretty sweet. Putting this one in my list of courses to play while I am down there.

  3. I will be in the San Diego area in a few weeks and was looking for an enjoyable day. Just wanted to thank you because after reading your article I will be booking a time at the Salt Greek Golf Club.

  4. Thanks for the tip and info. on Salt Creek Golf Club. My daughter and her family used to live in San Diego, so I visited often. Since they don’t live there anymore, I don’t get to visit quite as often. 🙁

  5. Thanks for the tip on Salt Creek Golf Club. I take a golfing vacation each year to the San Diego area, but have mostly been hitting the northern courses from Carlsbad and Escondido down to Torry Pines. I’ll be sure to head south to Chula Vista next year. I like courses that cater to the middle-class golfer. Sounds like Salt Creek fits that bill.

  6. I love your heading “golf for normal people” I too dislike going to clubs that are full of snooty members.
    Sounds like a great golf course if I get over to San Diego I will give it a visit.

  7. I played at Salt Creek about a year ago and really enjoyed it a lot. It really is a breathtaking course with spectacular scenery.
    I have to agree that the member are friendly and inviting and always keen to assist you where needed.
    I was staying nearby so got to work on on my golf swing at their very well run driving range.

  8. I used to live in San Diego, and played at may courses including Singing Hills, and Torey Pines (Maybe 100 times there)

    I live in La now so s good here too, however San Diego has some of the best courses anywhere. I will have to come back and check it all out.

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