Encinitas Ranch Golf Course

3.4194000000 3.4 stars from 5 (31)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6587 yards
  • Slope: 127
  • Rating: 71.2
  • Layout

  • 1275 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, California 92024, San Diego County
  • (760) 944-1936
  • (760) 944-1948
  • www.jcgolf.com
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Year built: 1998
Architect(s): Cary Bickler
Type: Public
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year Round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6587 yards 71.2 127
White 72 5890 yards 67.9 118
Gold (W) 72 5235 yards 70.0 118
Silver (W) 72 4690 yards 67.1 110

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 31 Reviews
5 stars:
3
4 stars:
15
3 stars:
8
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

24 out of 31 reviews


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"Nice layout well run for pace of play"


wilfy57's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Nice course good layout good variety of holes. Greens and fairways were nice. I would paly this course again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun wide open course"


Mikemilburn's avatar
Oklahoma Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I typically play a much harder course and found this to be an easy course. Don't get me wrong, you can get in trouble here. But of you play each hole the way it is set up to be played, you will score well. Miss a fairway and find yourself with a shot most of the time. I'm a 12 handicap and shot a 79 with 2 doubles and 3 birdies. a couple of 3 puts and elevated greens kept me from shooting even lower. Great fun for me and my wife.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Beautiful views"


DeanBautz's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/2/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course. Heard it was beautiful and it was. Short but the elevation changes add to the challenge. Greens were in very good condition. Fairways had a little winter burn. Still a great round.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Encinitas Ranch"


scot9883662's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/18/2013
Previously played

Reviewed on

Greens were great and the course well maintained. They keep the pace of play great. Beautiful ocean views while you play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Highly Enjoyable"


u000002861925's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

I play a lot of great courses when I travel and I was tempted to play Aviara just up the road. However, I tried this course instead and had a great day (and paid a lot less). The weather was perfect. I thought the course seemed moderate to even a bit on the easy side, which was fine with me; overall the course was in really good shape, especially the greens. The interplay of canyon with the course design and the views were really great--even awesome. It's not an ocean course, but close enough to see the ocean. Its only about ten years old, so the trees are not mature, but this was a nice course!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable day"


golferdude26's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice track that offers excellent risk/reward opportunities. Some fairways need some work as to grass evenness. Not real long for 10> handicap......requires good accuracy and smart play/course management..


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


"A very enjoyable place to play golf."


Jefft19098a's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/4/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the course very much. The greens are a little beat up, but looks like more a symptom of frequent play as opposed to poor maintenance. I really enjoy the layout though there are quite a few very short holes. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course and plan to play it again when the opportunity presents itself.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Greens punched and nobody said anything"


u000005166032's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/2/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love this course. Love the layout. It's fun, challenging, but not that tough.

However, the greens were punched and sanded, and nobody told us. Not when I booked it on GolfNow, and not when we paid at the front. It's not worth the $81 per round we paid to play it.

If the greens were normal, like they were the last time I played there, then it's worth whatever they want to charge. Love the course, they just need to charge less when the greens are punched.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/14/2013

No Course will tell you that they punched the greens unless you ask.


"Not worth the $68-$100"


davidkaye's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Well I booked on Golfnow and when I showed up they let me know that the entire back nine was closed for aeration, but there was no aeration alert on Golfnow when I booked.

Anyway, I NEVER play Encinitas Ranch because it's a very easy, average course and the cheapest deal is $68, and on weekends they want over $100. Fairways are WIDE. Par 5's are reachable for low handicappers. Greens were nice. The front nine winds through some canyons which creates some interesting elevation changes.

Lots of better courses for $40.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Player friendly and interesting lay out."


tomg425's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/15/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played late in the day on a Sunday - 3:00. We hoped to get in 18 but pace of play slowed way down after 4 or 5 holes. We jumped from 9 back to 1 so never got to see the back nine. Greens were in good shape and receptive. Sand traps were excellent and very playable. I would suggest an earlier tee time and don't be in a hurry.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


"Great experience"


Carol4704696's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/3/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed playing a cooler coastal course on this warm day. The course was very nicely maintained. Only noticed many ants in women's bathroom by 16th hole.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A fairly good value for the area."


iamrosey's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/19/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Golf course is ok. Staff, especially the cart girls could be friendlier and no so disruptive.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


"I like the course and the location"


pcleveland72's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/1/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It seems like everytime I go here they are doing some type of work. I think they were doing construction on 7 or 8 so it was shut down. You would think with that type of work going on the course would be better shape especially being on the coast.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Wide Open Track"


stonelion's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/26/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nothing very tricky about this place .. wide fairways and very little trouble should make for an enjoyable round. They're renovating bunkers right now so we had to play a 100-yard makeshift hole instead of the 2nd while they work on that hole. Started on 3 and ended on 1. Decent pace of play although it could have been even faster. Better deal for local residents than out-of-towners as I was.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


"Slow / Overbooked"


mgeriak's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/14/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They over book this course like crazy. Dawn, the "Starter" is crass. 3.5hrs for the front 9 and we walked off.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Nice Course!"


Glenn1947's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/01/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You will need a cart for this course, as the greens and tees are far apart. Course in great condition, greens were great! Sand traps were so-so. Golfnow should mention that work is being done on the course to improve the sand traps and that some of the holes are temporary greens. Would definitely play this course in the future.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Amazing Ocean Views"


mathack428's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/27/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Encinitas Ranch Golf Course offers spectacular ocean views from multiple vantage points. Situated between million dollar homes and the pacific ocean, the wide open course allows for a lower score than you might be accustomed to. The course is currently under some rehabilitation and they are making progress. Some patience is needed with various turf replacement taking place. All in all, this is a great course for beginners and intermediate's looking to polish up on their game with the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


"Good for any level golfer"


Cpgolfers's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/12/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

With the 5 tees, anyone can play this course and enjoy it.<br/> A little spotty on some of the fairways, but not enough to really matter.<br/> Love the greens. They don't break as much as they appear to.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course but over priced"


Juan2877629's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/01/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is in pristine shape w/numerous scenic holes. The only downfall of the round was the slow play & the marshall who was giving golf lessons to the slow players, rather than moving them along. The staff was friendly & informative & this is a course that I will play again.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Great condition& Fun to play"


claymelugin's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had not played here in many years, but I went back with a friend. The day was great, Friday and no crowds @ 7:20am done in time for lunch. Conditions were excellent, and I was quite impressed with the course. Staff was friendly, and helpful.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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