Aviara Golf Club

4.5586000000 4.6 stars from 5 (111)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7007 yards
  • Slope: 144
  • Rating: 75.0
  • Layout

  • 7447 Batiquitos Dr, Carlsbad, California 92009, San Diego County
  • (760) 603-6914, (760) 603-6900
  • (760) 603-6801
  • www.golfaviara.com
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Year built: 1991
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer (1991), Ed Seay (1991)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bermuda grass
Fairways: Bermuda grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Palmer 72 7007 yards 75.0 144
Back (W) 72 6591 yards 78.2 142
Back 72 6591 yards 72.7 139
Middle (W) 72 6054 yards 75.1 133
Middle 72 6054 yards 70.2 133
Forward (W) 72 5007 yards 69.3 127

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 111 Reviews
5 stars:
77
4 stars:
26
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

102 out of 110 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive near local attractions   Great for a weekend splurge advanced golfers entertaining clients   Challenges include bunkers water hazards elevation changes   Great for drinks dinner 19th hole scenic views  

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Socalsam's avatar
Age:  35-44

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fast greens"


u000006062972's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on Dec 1. Starter could not have been nicer. Course was in great condition. Greens are fast and difficult to read.... Making the course challenging and fun. Multiple options on Tee boxes so you can customize your experience. A bit expensive but got a deal on GolfNow. Would play it again for sure


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Definitely one of the best"


Sehara's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played Aviara for the first time, and I must say, that the course is one of the best I have seen in a long time. The staff is friendly and helpful, the greens are fast, ondulated and in mint condition. The landscaping and gardening is beautiful. At rack rate I still believe, that the course is slightly overpriced, but if you can get a deal, then go for it!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Summer conditions less than ideal"


orourke's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Layout and scenery are outstanding. Tee boxes were punched and overseeded, a few of the greens were recently aerated and there were several bald spots, especially around the greens. Not too out of the ordinary for summer in San Diego. However, if you are paying rack rate, then I suggest waiting until maintenance is complete and the conditions improve. It should be perfect in the winter.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


sajeeva's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Definitely should be on your bucket list! Amazing course, beautifully designed and maintained. Great service and just overall a great place to test out your skills. Highly recommended!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Karen's review"


u000002892466's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The drought has done some serious damage to the fairways otherwise the course is beautiful


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great, Scenic Course"


mnglfer's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Second time playing Aviara and it was a great round. Many sceneic holes and challenging shots. Your experience depends on choosing the correct tees. The course can play both too easy or too difficult if you select the wrong tees. Ask starter for advice.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course!"


Jrostaboch's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape! Highly recommend playing!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Bad idea"


u000007751468's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I booked the round on golf now and was forced to pay online before I played .$160... A discount!??

When I was warming up on the range someone told me it was there 25th anniversary and had rolled back prices yo opening day of $65. I politely asked the pro shop about this and said since pre paid a third party to play their course there was nothing they could do for me!!! No discount no here's a coupon for the next time you players. It would have been real easy for them to say hey there is not anything we can do because you booked through golf now but here's a shirt, a hat a f$&&&ing sleeve of balls anything!!! But no it's sorry pal have a nice day. Then when your done the do the typical fleecing t clean your clubs. We waited on every single shot all day!!! My clubs were clean believe me, so when I told them I'm good fellas they looked at each other and just said really dude.... Hey club cleaners here's the best tip you will ever get, if you have to ask for more money i.e. Tip after you do your job that your paid to do then it might be time for a real job..

The starter and my playing partner were the best part of the course . I had a great time with a gentleman from Texas, at least he helped me enjoy my birthday round.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/15/2016

Do you realize that the course gets $0 from a golf now prepaid round?


"Most beautiful Par 3's I've ever seen on a course"


Darren828's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The scenery/landscaping of this course was beautiful. Awesome Par 3's that will have you snapping a few photos off the tee. The fairways and greens were in great shape.

The locker room is open to the public golfers, and was a huge bonus to the pre/post round visit. Full locker rooms with showers/sauna etc.

Check golfnow and you should be able to play this course for around $130.

Well worth it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course in excellent condition"


LAMerc's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This was the 2nd time playing this course. The first time was right after a reseeding of the fairways. The difference was very significant. Not only were the fairways in much better condition, so was the rough. The greens are tough , but fair. Course played much longer and much more difficult. If you haven't played this course, you should. It is a beautiful resort. A bit pricey, but you definitely get what you paid for. You're at a high end resort and it feels that way... minus the snobbery you sometimes get at higher end golf resorts. Beautiful scenery and very challenging! I highly recommend it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun time had"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Watch out for #17, very tough 2nd finishing hole. Great fun overall, beautiful landscape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Wow"


Bret8126034's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You know how every course has that signature hole? It's their staple one? You could argue that EVERY hole at Aviara was a signature hole!! Very pricy, but you get your value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Experience"


hacksalot03's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Course is pretty pricy but you do get a lot for the money. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Track is in great shape and a good test of your golf game. Water comes into play on a lot of holes and lots of bunkers to contend with. Not a course I can play much do to cost, but if you have the extra money and feeling good about your game, well worth the play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tee-shot and approach friendly. Bring your best putting game."


BigusDickus's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

It's a giant property. I mean overall, it's a massive golf course. And that might intimidate some people, but if you can quickly realize that makes it mostly tee-shot friendly, there's plenty of space to put your drive, as well as par 3s. The fairways are mostly very wide all the way to the green too, so you get away with a lot. But then the fun begins, as you try to negotiate where to put it on the maniacal, massive, huge, gigantic, greens. But I've seen worse, even quicker greens. I doubt you can make the greens any quicker, it would make it impossible to play. The uphill putts still need a good whack, so you'll just have to leave yourself below the hole, and hope that you don't get too many silly sidehill putts. Other than that, it truly is a very pretty place, lots of flowers and lush vegetation. But because of that, you can understand why they have to charge you so much, to keep the HUGE property looking this good. So in the end, it's a course that was designed before the water-conservation and reduction came into place, during the period of opulent, grand-course design, so it has that exhaustive feel of an unnecessarily huge golf course property. And for being multiple-diamond hotel and resort properly, why is the snack shack so bad? That was almost like a muni course type quality. Doesn't match the rest of the place.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Most Beautiful…but"


314318248jmp's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It is one of the most beautiful courses i've ever played, and the professional friendly staff is wonderful. The dining facilities and club house are also top notch.
However, the greens (though very well maintained) are not realistic and virtually unplayable…The putting experience on the greens is reminiscent of the frustration (and fun) found with negotiating amusement park miniature golf artificial greens.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Insane greens"


jghorn's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A tough, tight course with some of the trickiest greens around. They not only were rolling fast, but the undulations are remarkable. Very easy to have a chip roll 30 feet past even if it's barely moving at the hole. Local knowledge on some of the doglegs invaluable. GPS in the cart helps, but the first round here is a doozy.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Amazing"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I visited Aviara for the LPGA Kia Classic earlier this year and enjoyed watching the event at this beautiful course. Finally got around to playing it and it was well worth it. Despite being in a drought in Southern California and going through the aerification process the conditions were great. A few dead spots in the rough but nothing significantly affecting play. The greens were immaculate. Fast, smooth and perfectly maintained. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly including the starter and Marshall. The carts with GPS were the best GPS system I've seen on a golf cart to date. It is expensive being a resort course and I don't have the kind of money to be a regular here and play 3 days a week but it's well worth it to come here a few times a year as a treat.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Our favorite course in SD"


Matsam's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Twice a year
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Would highly recommend Aviara.. Yes more cost than most but one of the best values considering customer service, weather and most importantly quality of course.. Every hole has great character and would highly recommend... A couple of greens had some sand challenges but all in all quality value. Same group of guys will be back next Labor Day. Fair but challenging.....


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course conditions"


Elyse3500940's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played Aviara last summer and was so looking forward to it again when I purchased the Holiday DealCaddy even though the deal didnt cover the total fees, limited to $200. But being this course was a premium course in pristine condition, I felt it was worth the extra $170. Sadly disappointed this time. Between our draught and what we were told by the Marshall, the course had been played alot, I felt we overpaid for just a nice course having trouble keeping the course up to it's usual high standards.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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