Burgers and Golf at Carlton Oaks

Teeing Off at Hole 9

Now that spring has fully sprung in San Diego I’ve been trying to make good on my resolution for more golf in 2011. Easier said than done, but I had a great reason recently when a good friend came to visit from Phoenix.

As is our custom, we took our usual foursome out for a round, and decided to play Carlton Oaks Golf Club in Santee, a residential neighborhood about 20 minutes from Downtown.

Carlton Oaks has real golf history and is regarded as on of San Diego’s best golf courses. They’ve recently hosted the 2008 and 2009 PGA Tour School; the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Canadian Tour School; 2008 Callaway Junior World; and The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).

The course is very friendly for visitors, and even has their website translated into Japanese and Korean for Asian golfers coming to San Diego.

It is the only public Pete Dye course in town, and boasts water-clearing approach shots, pot bunkers and wide fairways. In addition to the course there is a small hotel, ample practice facilities, pro shop and a great restaurant.

In our foursome there were handicaps from 15 to 30, and the five tee placements helped keep it challenging for all. The Par 4 18th is a great finishing hole. There is an extremely wide fairway, which you’ll need to attack the guarded green, protected on two sides by water. I managed a par, which helped to redeem the rest of my scorecard.

After the round we sat down in the newly renovated Oaks Bar & Grill for some much-needed burgers. We were all pleasantly surprised by the quality, portions and price. I opted for the Hawaiian burger and it was amazing. Huge patty, big thick chunk of grilled pineapple, and oozing with Teriyaki – all the elements of an awesome Hawaiian burger and all for under $10.

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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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