Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club

3.3135000000 3.3 stars from 5 (303)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7228 yards
  • Slope: 146
  • Rating: 75.2
  • Layout

  • 9200 Inwood Dr, Santee, California 92071, San Diego County
  • (619) 448-8500, 1 (800) 831-6757
  • (619) 596-0604
  • www.carltonoaksgolf.com
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Year built: 1958
Architect(s): William W. Mast (1958), Perry Dye (1989)
Type: Resort
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
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7228 yards 75.2 146
Blue 72 6700 yards 72.5 139
Regular (W) 72 6140 yards 76.3 143
White 72 6101 yards 69.8 132
Yellow 72 5684 yards 67.9 125
Yellow (W) 72 5684 yards 73.8 138
Red (W) 72 5039 yards 70.0 125

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 303 Reviews
5 stars:
37
4 stars:
122
3 stars:
71
2 stars:
45
1 stars:
28

recommend this course

213 out of 297 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers locals walkers   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks watching the game patio dining  

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"Can Greater San Diego Get Any Better?"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hidden in the hills of Santee you'll find this great track. Nestled in a flood plain, you'd never know you were in the middle of a densley populated area. With the mountains as a backdrop and the fairways intensely green this may be one of the prettiest public play courses I've had the privilege to try. This course is challenging! There's some significant undulation to the well maintained greens. It's one of those courses that you want to replay with the experience you've gained the first time around. For me, my standard in evaluating a golf course is value. Was the quality of the course worth the green fee? If I get $20 worth of golf for $20 I'm happy. If I get $50 worth of golf for $100 then I'm not. Charlton Oaks was well worth it's fee. BUT PREPARE TO BE CHALLENGED! Mid handicappers or higher should play the whites, which I did. You'll have all you can handle...but you should have fun as well. Insiders tip: Have breakfast (or lunch) at nearby Janet's Cafe & Deli. Great food and gracious service.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great play"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I don't get to play this course often enough. I'm a novice golfer so it's always a challenge for me. But it's in great condition, and we lucked out with perfect May weather.


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


"Challenging track"


td5780's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course for the first time while on vacation in San Diego. Read mixed reviews before booking round and called course prior to booking to inquire about conditions. Course was in reasonably good shape and damage caused by flooding in February has diminished for the most part. There were still a few thin spots in the fairways. Greens were in good condition. This is a fun track to play with a few challenging holes requiring precision off the tee. Will probably play again on next visit to San Diego area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice layout, spotty conditions"


smoothie24's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2017
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

Hard to believe this site hosted the 1974 NCAA Mens Championship won by Curtis Strange. The layout is very challenging so you should use the proper tees. The conditions are barely playable. There is no sand in many bunkers and weeds growing in many of them. We made a rule for the day that we could move the ball in a bunker no closer to the hole to find a playable location. I understand the economics of golf today but a little 'Round Up' would help.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course



u000001325690's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Not a good experience"


u000001304964's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Starter was clueless, no martial on course. The golf cart ran out of juice on 3rd hole, had to call in for another cart. Rough way too long resulting in lost balls. Tees were in very poor condition. Fairways were sparse at best, greens were decent. Probably a good course at one time but more like a cow pasture at present. Obvious some flood damage which was not a fault of course but little effort apparent to repair and restore course. Would not play it again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/31/2017

Marshall


"Should be better"


reyes9324's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I live very close to Carlton Oaks but haven't played there recently because of the condition. But after all the rain we've had I expected the course to be in much better condition, but it wasn't. The tee-boxes are uneven, the fairways just so-so, and the greens pretty bad and no one seems to know how to fix ball marks. The bunkers had large weeds growing out of them and some didn't have rakes to clean up. I wish they would take serious care of this course because I live so close and would love to play it more. But its been bad for years.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Beautifully designed course!"


mcude987's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played a few courses out here in San Diego since moving, but aside from Torrey Pines, I can't think of another course that tops the design and layout of this one! Challenging and unique! If you're a golfer looking to test your skills, look no further. For the price, you definitely cannot beat this course. Definitely gonna be coming back often!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course is in Good Shape after rains"


Richard7677823's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good shape after all the rain. Still some standing water but never a problem. Very nice staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Could be better"


u5563344's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Could be a great course but it lacks something (money?) to shine.

All the water obstacles are empty and its only mud. Some bunkers are in the same condition.

A shame, could be a pretty good course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great layout/Very Challenging"


JoRo1948's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout if you're a fan of Pete Dye. Course is very challenging and is loaded with the usual PD visual tricks. Greens were nice and fairways okay but the tees could use some work. The rough and the other areas mostly not-in-play look pretty unkept. It spoils the aesthetics but not the playability. If you love a challenge by all means play it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Extremely OverPriced"


Jworden2773's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We were excited to play this course after the San Diego Rain. Since they were charging full price ($75.00) we hoped that meant the course was in good condition. ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! The majority of the course was swampy mud. The greens were nice and I would say it will be a legit $75.00 round in 2 months.

Very Upset I wasted $75.00, for what should have been a $35.00 round. Our cart actually got stuck in the mud when being forced to drive around a flooded cart path - since the water was over the tires.

Also, there were so man solos playing that the course of play was either too slow ahead of us, or our 4some constantly had single playing up behind us.

Love the course layout - but charge a fair price when you know the the condition your course is in. VS overcharging and having us find out after the fact while playing.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course



David2615847's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Socalsam's avatar
Age:  35-44

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/03/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Carlton Oaks"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Pete dye design is spectacular but the course condition was marginal. A lot of bare spots in the rough and just messy looking. The tee boxes were marginal some having bare spots as well. The greens were in fairly good condition and rolled true. I would play the course again because I love the layout, it's a great challenge and requires placing of Tee shots to provide proper angles into the green. You can't just blast away on every hole. My criticisms of the course may have been precipitated by water restrictions limiting the greens keepers ability to maintain the course condition. Had an awesome turkey sandwich from the grill may go back for another even on a non-playing day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"could be great"


harddraw's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2016
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

the layout is excellent. tight fairways. greens when fast are tough. bunker condition is very inconsistent, heavy sand in spots and thin in others. the pace of play was quite slow (just under 5 hours) due to holiday week. the staff gets the job done but aren't all that warm. this could be a fabulous property with better conditioning and a more professional staff as opposed to young people having after school jobs. good value for the money, but this course always leaves me with the feeling of what could be.

Thank you


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Slow play"


60jesussaves's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

So far behind so our tee time made conditions awful. If they had frost ,as they claimed ,should of called to let us know they were so far behind. Complete waste of time!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Carlton Oaks working hard to impress customers"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/15/2016
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Many of the recent reviews are praising the improved conditions of Carlton Oaks.

It is still rough around the edges, but most of the playing areas are in solid shape. The green surrounds were overseeded for the first time this fall, and they're green and lush for players this winter.

The golf course can be a beast if you're not on the right tee boxes. Some of the par 4s are long or tight or both. It's a tournament-style test for anybody. There's water and boarded bunkers lurking at every turn. Good luck shooting your handicap.

I stayed at the lodge and found the rooms to be nicely updated and large. Overall, my first visit to Carlton Oaks was a pleasant surprise.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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