Carmel Highland Golf Resort

3.1696000000 3.2 stars from 5 (224)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6428 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 71.4
  • Layout

  • 14455 Penasquitos Dr, San Diego, California 92129, San Diego County
  • CLOSED
  • CLOSED
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Year built: 1966
Architect(s): William F. Bell
Type: Resort
Greens: Bermuda grass
Fairways: Bermuda grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6428 yards 71.4 129
White 72 6018 yards 69.4 126
White (W) 72 6018 yards 75.2 130
Red (W) 72 5286 yards 71.9 125

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 2.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 224 Reviews
5 stars:
19
4 stars:
77
3 stars:
71
2 stars:
37
1 stars:
20

recommend this course

155 out of 222 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for locals advanced golfers entertaining clients   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks brunch patio dining  

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"Closing today"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For a course that is closing for good this afternoon the course was great. Greens were fantastic and the fairways were good. Doesn't hurt that I had my first hole in one on #9. Sad to see it go.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"a good walk not spoiled"


goodguys1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was impressed with the overall condition of the golf course: tee boxes,fairways,bunkers and greens: of the four courses we played in the San Diego area it was the best value for the money:cart,breakfast and well maintained track- too bad it will be closing at the end of the month and it was our last round before our return- would have played it again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great greens. Too Bad they are closing course 3/31/15"


Robert6612898's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sorry this course is closing 3/31/15, but greens were in great shape!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging greens"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is laid out on the side of the 15 freeway on a hill,so everything runs toward the freeway. A very challenging course indeed, but also fun! Was my first time & I broke 95!! I think a must course if you like a challenge!!

Thanks loft golfer :)


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"good for the money"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played at 2pm on a Thursday and finished in 3.5 hours. No driving range but chipping and putting area were good but didn't represent the speed of the greens on the course, which were in good shape. The course was fun to play and everything rolls to the freeway. Some of the course was hard to look at but did not affect the experience much. Beer was expensive and didn't see a drink cart at all.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Great Greens, course is in good shape."


EZ619's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/19/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were running fast and true. Not sure what happened to the lake in front of the par 5 6th hole. It's playing as ground under repair. There's no water and it looks like it's going away. Other than that the overall course conditions were pretty good.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"To Bad It's Closing"


shir991's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/15/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course. I love playing here. To bad it's closing. I think San Diego is loosing one of it nicer courses. Been playing once a month or so for 20 years. We will miss it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Better than expected"


Sburns89's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/14/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Don't understand what people are looking for when they write a bad review about this course. It was in good shape and its a fun course design.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great shot for shot deciplian"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good overal for shot control. Can not just swing and hope.


Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"so so"


douggolf50's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is good greens are great if you miss a fairway you slope 3 holes towards highway stopped by two days earlier for left handed clubs told they were New they weren't lame excuse from guy that said it was bad info. Typically us lefties are treated this way anywhere.Used to being lied to.E.G. Mesa Maui


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"most expensive beer in san Diego"


barrymax1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Why charge $8.50 for a pint of torpedo? That's more than any 5-star resort! Guaranteed to have no return visitors to the bar.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Nice Course Except"


Joseph5400866's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/27/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was very nice except distance markers are scarce and hard to locate. Quality of play would be greatly increased with GPS on carts or yardage poles.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Why the Hate?"


Shawn2243699's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/24/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I read a lot of reviews on this course, and most were very negative. I was staying at the hotel for Christmas, only had to pay 27 dollars for 18 with a cart at 9am, and I could walk right from my room to the course. Good deal all around.

The whole time I was playing, I kept on thinking, why did so many folks hate this place? I was paired up with a local twosome (Nice to meet you Jason and Colin) and asked if they knew why, because we were all enjoying the place. Apparently, with the drought, this course really struggled, but with the recent rains, it's looking really good.

It's not all good though. As you'll see in many reviews, the warmup leaves A LOT to be desired. The starter is inside now, but the wiring is bad, so you can't actually understand a word that is said from the speakers.

But, after shooting a 10 over par 82, I was happy with my play, and the course, but then they went above and beyond and had someone cleaning your clubs as you putted on 18! Thanks guys, and I'll see you all again when I visit SD again!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Pretty fun course but don't step on mud"


uBoat112's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/21/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I live around this course and visit often when I am too lazy to drive long hours. The course is pretty challenging when played from back tees. Fairway condition became better because of recent rains. It is probably the best time of the year to play this course. Not many advanced players are playing meaning that sometime people don't seem to know of etiquette. Please keep from stepping on mud since it stays on your shoes almost forever. Hard to remove.


Player Tip: The entire course is slanted toward east side (I-56). So aim left when you go out and right when you come back. Also green is very fast.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Get what you pay for"


Ryan7042266's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/08/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wanted to get a round in, more as a practice round. For $29 good value for that. I've played there before many times and the course has slowly gotten worse over time. Drought and economic conditions have taken their toll. Got paired up with 3 older gentlemen. They were nice guys and were playing forward tees but really slow anyway. 5 hours + No marshal to come out and give them a boost, not my job to do that. Anyway, the course is ok for $29 but the type of golfer there reflects the cost. So... basically ok but there are other places to play for a bit more money that are better.


Player Tip: If you play the blues, there are some tough par 4s and a long par 3 if you want a challenge.

Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"The death knell"


kitleyash's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/05/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Haven't played this course in years but it is pretty easy to walk and it's close to home and the price was right...so I went out to wish it a not so fond farewell as everything I read says it will be closing up for good in the near future...losing another North County course is not good news but this one won't be missed by many. For one that is going under, it played pretty well and was in decent shape...just not a very interesting of fun to play layout.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"nice place"


u000001295675's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/30/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

fairways need some work but over all nice course
fairly hilly but makes for some challenging shots


I recommend this course


"Good"


TeamTajima's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/23/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall good course, there is no real driving range just a net you hit into too. The only negative i had was there are no hole layouts or pictures. You have to download an app and it didnt work for me.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course is worn"


pholm's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in pretty rough shape. Not much grass on fairways. Greens were good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Fast round"


K9roadie's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2014
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Went out at 645, finished at 915. few singles a few holes ahead that paired group. Over all nice fast round and greens were nice. Some fairways were dry but welcome to San Diego, most course are like that. Did not do it this time but the round of golf with the breakfast included is a great deal..... Will be back


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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