Rancho Bernardo Inn

3.9314000000 3.9 stars from 5 (102)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6631 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 72.3
  • Layout

  • 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego, California 92128
  • (800) 662-6439 , (858) 675-8733, (858) 675-8484
  • (858) 675-8541
  • www.RanchoBernardoInn.com
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Year built: 1962
Architect(s): William F. Bell, Ted Robinson, Sr. (1986)
Type: Resort
Greens: Poa Annua Grass
Fairways: Winter Rye
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fee
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: 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, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6631 yards 72.3 133
Blue 72 6233 yards 70.4 129
White (W) 72 5780 yards 73.6 129
White 72 5721 yards 68.0 124
Gold 72 4945 yards 68.5 119
Gold (W) 72 4945 yards 68.5 119

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 102 Reviews
5 stars:
34
4 stars:
39
3 stars:
20
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

83 out of 102 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for a weekend splurge locals advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers water hazards elevation changes   Great for drinks patio dining dinner  

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"Very Enjoyable Course"


mconroy50's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very good resort course. Very friendly staff. Course could have used a marshal to speed up slow play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u224441130's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent condition and challenging layout. Pace of play is 4 and 1/2 hours greens excellent shape.

Great pro shop


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000001901847's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2017
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

The round was extremely slow. The staff didn't do anything to speed up the group in front of us that was playing very slow. The course was in ok shape, but not worth the money. Driving range was a joke!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Tough course"


Daraius64's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This a tough course to play. The greens were quick


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Magnificent golf course!."


woody2575604's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/30/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played here 3 times in my lifetime and thanks for golf now for making it happen. If it wasn't for golf now discount prices, I couldn't afford playing here at Rancho Bernardo Inn. This golf course is one of my best golf course in North County. I truly believed a lot of players would agree with me. Get out there and play this golf course. You will enjoy it,probably better if you walk it. Greens are superb, fairways are in excelllent shape, bunkers as well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"San Diego Gem"


DaveNovotny7500's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the most beautiful San Diego courses you should play!


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


"Great course"


jack9662018's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Green is horrible it's recondition


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice but not great"


Claudiusson's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Good course even though played the first nine holes in the fog (and my tee tme was not particularly early in the morning!). A little too flattish, in particular the second nine holes. In my opinion not a great design even though an enjoyable course. First nine holes definitely better fhan the second nine. Don't think will go again as in the area have played better ones.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Awesome Facility"


EldricksToadie's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Can't say enough about the overall experience playing the RBI. The staff is extreme professional, polite, and friendly. The course is well manicured, and in great condition. This is a resort course, and while most are very busy, and slow, this however ; is not the case here. The times are spaced properly, and our foursome finished in less than 4 hours. I highly recommend you make this course a priority, when in the area.


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


"Fun course in great shape"


tmolhook's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This course was in great shape, fairways were plush and green w/o any dry spots and the greens were rolling true. Fun course with a decent layout that is fairly wide open. Got away with a few errant drives. Well worth the $65 twilight rate, not sure I would pay the normal $110 rate though.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Old Timers Rule!"


u461552922's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Started all on the back nine, as the men's club seniors (70-80 yr old's) were having an "event" on the front nine. That "event" resulted in a significant jamb up, pace of play was brutal!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice but not 68.00 nice"


adamwake99's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tee boxes weren't cut down at all. The people that play the course need to remember, replace your divot AND another one every time. Having a ranger on the course for pace of play would have helped the experience. Greens weren't incredibly fast but I liked them 29 putts total on the day. It's a 35-40.00 course all day long. I will admit it's rather tough to figure out even how to check in once you find the appropriate parking. I had to ask 3 different employees to get behind the building to actually check in. I did enjoy the fairways and they had some nice water features. 81 on the day not bad first time out if I catch it on a hot deal I would consider it again. Thanks


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"A Favourite in SD County"


u000003573602's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This course is a regular stop for my wife and I and very playable for both of us(my hdcp is 2; her's is 36).

We did play there on April 5 as well, but they had aerated 10 days before so the greens were almost back to normal on April 20.

Can't say enough about the staff and facilities. Pace of plat is always good unless you get behind a tournament which they do have each week, but just check b4 you book.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Punched Greens"


u000008111737's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape outside of the recently punched greens, take you 2 putts and move on!

Also, we got stuck behind their Monday Men's Group who needed to finish their 18 on the Front 9. Once we sat behind them we flew on the Back 9 and finished in under 4 hours total.

Round Started at 11:15 and was on the way home by 2:45.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Good Course, Great Pace of Play."


u000002358797's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My wife's parents live near this course, and we have always wanted to play there. However, usually we can't find any tee time deals that would be in our price range ($30-60 per person for 18). So when we finally found a good tee time with a fair price on Golfnow, we jumped on the chance to play on Valentine's Day.
Beginning from the time we pulled into the parking lot, we had a great golf experience. It stared with the friendly employees in and around the pro-shop, but when the starter told us we were actually teeing off right before our designated 11:04 tee time my jaw about hit the floor. I can't remember the last time I had a middle of the day tee time on a weekend and actually teed off on time or even a couple minutes early. This kind of time keeping is apparently standard with RB Inn because we finished our 18 hole round in 4 hours! It was not because the course was empty either, but the Player's Assistants did a fantastic job of keeping all the groups moving. Which brings me to another positive attribute, the staff. Every employee we came across was very friendly, which is not always the case at other courses in the area. I believe this can be attributed to RB Inn also being a resort and not just a golf course (and good management).
When it comes to the golf course itself, it also shines. When taking into account the drought conditions in Southern California, the course is in really good shape. The fairways are pretty full and green, and the putting greens are in great condition and roll true to line. Possibly the best part of the course conditions are the bunkers. The sand is light and fluffy, and with good technique easy to get out of. If you are not a good sand player stay away from this course because there are multiple sand traps looming in strategic places on every hole. The overall difficulty of the course falls around slightly more difficult than average. The course is not long, but some of the holes are kind of tight with water, ob, and the previously mentioned ever present sand traps sprinkled all over.
The only downsides of this course are the driving range is not a full range (can't hit woods), and to my knowledge it does not offer discount 9 hole tee times for early morning play.
Over $100 for a golf round is a big stretch for this course, but if you can find a discount tee time you should not pass on an opportunity to play here. The course is enjoyable, and with the quick pace of play you, will find yourself with plenty of time to check out the other amenities the RB Inn has to offer.


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


"Why subject yourself"


dthalman's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Had a late morning tee time from underpar. Was told that our time was 30 min later. Teed off 50 minutes later. Played a painful 5 and half hour round on the button. Was told by staff after that this is normal. Terribly mis-managed course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Rancho Bernardo Inn"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is one of the few that hasn't been severely affected by the Southern California drought. Many courses are just watering greens and tees, but RBI has applied some water to the fairways with the result that there are many green, lush areas. It's not perfect, far from it, but it's a lot better that many of the other area courses in the $50-70 range.

The course itself is an interesting layout, with a good variety of holes. Our last time out we played the front twice because the pace of play was so slow we would have struggled to get in before dark. The player assistant suggested it, and it was a good idea. There was a bit of a shotgun ahead of us and the going was slow. Staff were helpful, but there is a lot of construction in the parking lot area making things a bit congested. I'm not even sure if the range is operational. We hit a few last time out and it was horrible.

Probably won't go back since we've found other area courses that are cheaper, more fun, better condition and with full grass ranges and practice areas and GPS carts. (Eastlake and The Vineyard.)


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"RBI"


nickesquire's avatar
Top 1 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Played the Blues (6272/70.7/129), matched up with Dennis, Max & Steve using Forelinx. The weather was overcast, mid 60's and breezy. POP was a little over 4 hours, pretty good for a holiday afternoon.

The tees were average, mostly winter thin and level. Some of the par 3 tees needed divot repair.

The fairways were good, dormant Bermuda winter thin sprayed green with decent coverage.

The rough had a few bad areas but was decent overall. It was generally good to chip out of, the ball usually sat up.

The traps were very well maintained with good sand, nice to play out of.

The greens putted medium fast, a little bumpy, usually firm but held iron shots well. A couple greens had some bad spots close to the outside, but that did not affect play, they were excellent in the areas that mattered.

Fun layout, there are only a couple of holes that jump out as really demanding, however there are no real easy holes either. Also, almost every hole has some sort of penalty stroke lurking on the outer edges if you get too aggressive or crooked. There are a decent amount of lakes and many holes have OB left where you find condo's and parts of the Inn located. Factor that in with a red hazard drainage area that runs through the middle of the course that comes into play on probably 1/3 of the holes. I usually seem to make a lot of "comfortable" bogeys on this layout and rarely get a good string of par or better holes in a long row here.

The customer service from the pro shop to the starter was excellent. No drink cart out today. Good to course in better than average condition. Recommended = Yes.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Rancho Bernardo Inn"


nickesquire's avatar
Top 1 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/19/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Played the Blues (70.7/129/6272) mid day 12/19 using Forelinx. Played as a 3some, matched up with Phil & Tony in 4H, 25M for a very fun round. We played 11 holes unimpeded, then took longer to play the final 7 holes after we caught VERY slow groups in front of us. The weather was partly cloudy and windy and got worse as the day wore on as a winter storm was blowing in.

The tees were above average overall, mostly level, decent coverage mowed close. Some of the par 3 tees needed divot repair.

The dormant Bermuda fairways were sprayed green with good winter coverage.

The dormant Bermuda rough is still tan in color. Good coverage for the winter and had more areas that were thinner than the fairways. Where it was thicker, it was tough to get good club on the ball for fuller shots, probably a 1/2 stroke penalty.

The traps were decently maintained with good sand.

The greens were smooth, firm and quick bordering fast. They held approach shots well.

This course layout is not overly tight but has a few tight holes. Almost every hole has some sort of penalty stroke lurking on the outer edges if you get too aggressive. There is a decent amount of lakes and many holes have OB left where you find condo's and parts of the Inn located. Factor that in with a red hazard drainage area that runs through the middle of the course that comes into play on probably 1/3 of the holes, and you need to keep it in the short grass here.

The customer service from the pro shop to the starter was excellent, complimentary coffee in the pro shop. Drink cart out making the rounds. Good to very good course in better than average condition that plays better than it looks. Definitely recommended, especially if you can get a deal.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"RBI"


nickesquire's avatar
Top 1 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/13/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Played the Blues (70.7/129/6272) on dawn patrol using Forelinx. Played as a 4some in 4H with other Forelinxers Daniel, David & Calvin. The weather was partly cloudy and breezy but nice for golf after it warmed up.

The tees were good overall. Decent coverage, mostly level, mowed close. Some of the par 3 tees needed divot repair.

The dormant Bermuda fairways were sprayed green with good winter coverage.

The dormant Bermuda rough has good winter coverage and had more areas that were thinner than the fairways. Where it was thicker, it was about a 1/2 shot penalty. I usually got good club on the ball but was almost always off line where the rough turned my club.

The traps were well maintained with good sand.

The greens were very nice & held approach shots well. They were smooth, firm & had few ball marks. Even with morning dew on them, they were quick & after they dried out, fast.

Almost every hole has some sort of penalty stroke lurking on the outer edges if you get too aggressive/crooked. There is a decent amount of lakes and many holes have OB left where you find condo's and parts of the Inn located. Factor that in with a red hazard drainage area that runs through the middle of the course that comes into play on probably 1/3 of the holes, and you need to keep it in the short grass here. The course layout is not overly tight but has a few tight holes.

The customer service from the pro shop to the starter was excellent, complimentary coffee in the pro shop. Drink cart out making the rounds. The course layout is not spectacular but above average, and it plays better than it looks. Definitely recommended, especially if you can get a deal.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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