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This short par 4 demands accuracy from its elevated tee. The fairway is lined by a steep hillside with tall trees on the right and a hazard on the left. A sloping amphitheater-style hillside with an elevated bunker protects a front-left pin position, while grass bunkers will challenge your short game on the right and backside of the green with a wayward approach.
This ascending dogleg-left hole is the number one handicap on the card for a reason. Every shot from tee-to-green is difficult. A long iron off the tee will set-up a mid- to short iron approach into a blind green. Avoiding the trees climbing to the right of the hole is essential as anything right of the tree line flirts with a steep drop off the hillside. Par is a good score here. Players may opt to play the narrow fairway extension with a driver off the tee and to play a wedge up the hill.
Bring your accuracy to this hole. An errant tee shot to the right will have slicers cursing the hilly tree line because if the ball gets caught in the deep rough, a baseball-style swing will be required to get near the green; that is if you don’t get caught by another tree. If all goes well, you will have a short wedge up to another blind green just over a deep bunker on the front. The green runs back-to-front right, so an approach ending up long or left will be a challenge for your short game.
The left hillside on the longest par 3 can be played as a backboard that may reward the golfer with a green in regulation. The careful player will leave the ball below the hole because anything past it will require a delicate two-putt to salvage par. Staying short and left is the best plan as a bunker below the level of the green and a lateral hazard guard the right side of the hole.
A slight draw down the right side of the fairway will send the ball to the perfect position to take a crack at the green on this short but challenging par 5. Too far to the right off the tee and you'll be stuck in the trees. Both portions of the fairway slope severely to the left and will leave balls in the thick rough if not perfectly placed. The green is three-tiered and fast, so a putt for birdie may not lead to a guaranteed drop in.
The fairway is only twenty paces wide and has a forested area on the right and two challenging fairway bunkers directly next to the fairway, so down the middle is the best way to go. Small mounds and a bunker on the front right guard the green. Longer drivers may flirt with low-lying trees to the left of the green, but these will not allow an easy chip and chance at birdie.
The opening hole of the back nine is wide open off the tee. Taking an aggressive line just left of the fairway bunker on the right will set up for a short iron approach into the small green. A back pin is dangerous to go for as a long shot may make it to a steep embankment before the lateral hazard. Avoid the bunkers located left and front because the green runs away from each, leaving difficult-to-read par saves.
The tee shot on this tight dogleg-right hole plays slightly uphill, leaving a downhill approach into the green. Many poor drives have been claimed by the lateral hazard to the right of the fairway. Grass bunkers rest below this tree line and a sand bunker just opposite the fairway makes a drive down the middle ideal. The green's depth is a fraction of its enormous width, so be sure to have distance dialed in on your approach.
The shortest par 3 on the course plays downhill and into a considerably-sized green. The pin positions and wind truly play a factor in shot selection. If you miss it short then you better have a good flop shot. If you miss it long, you may be scribbling down more than a bogey on the scorecard.
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|White||311||468||318||338||277||193||448||302||164||2819||379||356||379||105||494||299||534||167||303||3016||5835||68.9 / 124|
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The first of the two challenging par 5’s on the back nine is an uphill tee shot over a steep hill that claims many short tee balls. Once atop the hill, the player faces a straight shot with a left crosswind into a green that has all types of danger around it.
|Green Fees - Weekdays (Mon-Fri)||City of San Diego||Non-Resident|
|18 Hole Course|
|Standard Green Fee||$32.00||$40.00|
|Senior (62 and over)||$22.00||N/A|
|Junior (17 and under)||$28.00||$28.00|
|9 Hole Course|
|Standard Green Fee||$14.00||$18.00|
|Senior (62 and over)||$10.00||N/A|
|Junior (17 and under)||$13.00||$13.00|
|Junior 30 Day Monthly Ticket (17 and under)||$10.50||N/A|
|Green Fees - Weekends (Sat, Sun, and Holidays)|
|18 Hole Course|
|Standard Green Fee||$40.00||$50.00|
|9 Hole Course|
|Standard Green Fee||$18.00||$23.00|
|Cart Rentals||Half Cart||Full Cart|
|18 Hole Course||$15.00||$30.00|
|18 Hole Course Twilight||$10.00||$20.00|
|9 Hole Course||$8.00||$16.00|
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Constructed in 1915, Balboa Park Golf Course is the oldest public course in San Diego and hosts the first round of the San Diego City Amateur Championship. It was designed by renowned golf architect William P. Bell and is demanding for golfers of all levels thanks to three distinct sets of tees. Long Bermuda fairways and narrow Bentgrass and Poa Annua greens make for a great day of golf. Measuring 6,281 yards from the tips and featuring unrivaled views of San Diego Harbor and Point Loma, Balboa Park Golf Course is as challenging as it is beautiful. To hone your game, Balboa Park Golf Course provides an expansive practice facility and seasoned golf professionals available for instruction—everything you need for an exceptional golf experience.
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