North at Admiral Baker Golf Course

4.2632000000 4.3 stars from 5 (76)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6811 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 72.4
  • Layout

  • Friars Rd & Admiral Baker Rd Bldg 141, San Diego, California 92120, San Diego County
  • (619) 556-5520, (619) 487-0090
  • (619) 528-0227
  • navylifesw.com
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Year built: 1957
Architect(s): Jack Daray
Type: Military
Greens: Bent
Fairways: Paspalum
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6811 yards 72.4 126
White (W) 72 6482 yards 77.7 133
White 72 6482 yards 70.9 122
Red (W) 72 5844 yards 73.9 126
Gold 72 5833 yards 67.9 117

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 76 Reviews
5 stars:
27
4 stars:
43
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

75 out of 76 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions in the 'burbs   Great for locals seniors advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes undulating greens   Great for drinks brunch 19th hole scenic views  

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"Admiral Baker North"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course Very good condition

Good layout

GPS in carts worked very well

Overall great experience


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u206529672's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

fairways were in great shape. Greens were a little rough. People don't fix their ball marks the way they should.

Very good course for the price.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u679018777's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Loved everything about this course"


u794460531's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

From check-in to the final par putt I loved

everything about this course and staff.

Try it you'll love it too!


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




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun playabale course / horrible staff"


enickl01's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

We play this course during the week all the time. Its a great deal during the week. Convenient, good quality, good layout. I don't think the weekend rack rates are worth it so we never play on the weekends. The North is the side you want. Although the first 9 on the South is fun before it turns into a day at the local muni.

Its a fun layout. Not overly challenging but a great mix of sifferent shots and holes designes. The course is the perfect legth where it doesnt feel short or long. Has a grest mix of doglegs, elevation changes, and blind shots.

I always struggle to shoot well at this course for some reason.

Course is always in good condition. Has great tee boxes, beautiful large greens, fairways are fine.

Might be the most equipped clubhouse in San Diego. The bar has killer Old Fashioneds too.

Only recurring problem with this place is the staff. The starter has given us some real hastles before. And by all means Do NOT try to get your military discount if you dont have your military.

I dont know what the deal with the carts at this place is. You have to complete a mortgage application to get a cart. During summer in San Diego it stays light until 8 during the equinox. This place has a firm and I mean firm bring carts back at 7:20 policy. And they make sure to remind you of this when you are trying to finish you.

Avoid the staff and cart police and it's a fun day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"County Gem"


u975120440's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

My first time playing here was way back in the 80'same, moving out of town and just returning brought me back to enjoy more rounds @ the Kid as we call it! Whomever Getz the opportunity to play here, take it and enjoy what a great course the North course is! Greens were a bit slow, but probably due to the recent warm weather! Will be playing here for many more years to come thankfully....


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Challenging layout"


luvmipings's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I don't live in San Diego but come here about once a year, I always make it point to get at least one round in on the North course when I'm here. The greens are in excellent shape right now. They are rolling true and at a decent speed. Most of the military courses are open to the public, if you are an avid golfer in San Diego and haven't played at Admiral Baker then you need to go.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good size greens/fairways"


U000001325604's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I liked the large green areas and plenty of fairways space. Due to the rains in San Diego the last few weeks the rough areas were hard to hits out of.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000003942236's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Layout"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

Wonderfully pleased with the layout and course. Heavy recent rains made some of the fairways difficult, but the greens were great. I would play it every time in San Diego.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great value"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played with my wife on a beautiful sunny day and enjoyed the course. The fairways and rough were pretty bad in some spots but I am a mid teens handicap and wife low 20s so moving the ball to a better lie was all it took to settle that. The price was great on GolfNow well worth the investment of time and money. There is a range but had to hit off matts which I don't like but works to warm you up. A putting and chipping area are available. The clubhouse was real nice and fairly new I believe. The halfway house was closed but there was a cart gal. The greens were fast and hard but rolled true. We had to wait on a few holes mostly par 3s as isn't unusual at public courses. We played the north course and found the layout a pretty good test for our handicaps but not daunting. We played the North course and intend to go back and play the South soon. If you are a low handicap and looking for a challenge this course is probably not for you but if you are a snowbird (Chicago here) looking to knock the rust off your game this is perfect.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Well Maintained and Fair Layout"


tonyi53's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Even though the Military gets first choice, this course is worth trying to get a tee time on. Greens in fine condition and layout is easy to navigate and fair. Enjoyable round of golf. Well run course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"First time at Admiral Baker North"


DougMain's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/10/2017
First time playing Walked Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We were encouraged by some people we met at another course to try Admiral Baker recently and so we gave it a try. The GolfNow Hot Deal price was very attractive and we were able to get a suitable time. There had been quite a bit of rain in the area so it was cart path only which slowed things down quite a bit and made for some long walks to our balls.

The course itself is interesting enough, although a number of the holes, especially on the front 9 are similar, flat, straight away. There are some fun elevation changes on the back.

White tees are about 6500 yards, a little hefty for seniors and the gold women's tees at 5500 are brutal. It's an old Navy course and I guess there were no women in the Navy when this was built. On many of the par 4s, the gold tees were barely 10 yards shorter. 356 yard par 4 is impossible to reach for most women over 50. And 427 with no downhill is a big ask for anyone with more than a 10 handicap. A good no-cost start would be a "combo" score card that provides about 6100 yards. But for couples to enjoy it, they need at least a dozen forward tees.

It's a pretty setting in the San Diego River valley. I find all the palm trees to be a bit odd in this venue and the multiple power lines do distract from the esthetics a bit. We will try again when it dries up again though.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Cv22maintainer's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Military golf at it's finest"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played the Monday after Thanksgiving. San Diego had some badly needed rain the night before and the course was soggy. Peaple were friendly, halfway house was well stocked and accessible twice during the round. Scenery has pretty good. Course was straightforward and play went smoothly, no waiting time. This was a good value for the money.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"My birthday present"


rmercado59's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My son got me out tobplay a run of golf in my birthday


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"yes admiral"


golfeers's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played on a pretty hot day for SD. The guy at the desk wasn't the most friendly, but the "player assistant" on course more than made up for that. He had water and ice for us when ever we say him. Given their water situation in SD the course was in very good condition, except for their greens. Seems like people who play there don't know how to fix ball marks which really detracts form the appearance of the greens. The greens did roll fairly well all things considered. The course offered a good verity of holes with plenty of elevation changes which was fun. Would play here again. It was great that there were no homes around the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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