Cottonwood Golf Club - Ivanhoe Course

2.8397823529 2.8 stars from 5 (142)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6764 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 72.6
  • Layout

  • 3121 Willow Glen Dr, El Cajon, California 92019, San Diego County
  • (619) 442-9891, Toll free: (800) 455-1902
  • (619) 442-2361
  • www.cottonwoodgolf.com

Year built: 1953
Architect(s): O. W. Moorman, A. C. Sears
Type: Public
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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: Yes
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
championship 72 6764 yards 72.6 126
White (W) 72 6445 yards 76.6 128
Regular 72 6445 yards 70.5 116
Red (W) 73 5686 yards 72.4 121

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 142 Reviews
5 stars:
4
4 stars:
33
3 stars:
54
2 stars:
30
1 stars:
21

recommend this course

94 out of 140 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for locals walkers beginners   Challenges include undulating greens   Great for drinks  

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"What an improvement!"


u000001971129's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The off-course facilities have been pared back but the course itself was markedly improved from what we've come to expect at Ivanhoe over the last few years. The fairways were healthy and the greens ran smooth and lush. The layout has always been excellent but a lack of maintenance and even simply watering had let the course deteriorate. Maybe, the closure of Lakes has allowed the staff to concentrate on Ivanhoe but whatever the reason, you can see the improvements and on-going repairs/maintenance paying off. Gee, this review looks like I work there but I'm just an local old-timer who has played Cottonwood/RSD since the 80's and seen it up and down. I play a lot of different courses but Ivanhoe is definitely back in the rotation!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



tcarv67's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This course is run down."


u8346490's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2017
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Reviewed on

Ownership is figuring out to develop this land since he took ownership. Keeping one of the two courses open (barely) at this time. Very poor course maintenance. A ball just off fairway turns into an golf ball hunt. Thick ruff has not been mowed in weeks if not months. We quit after 9 holes due to beginners, and groups of 5 & 6 players creating slow very slow play.

Sorry to see this happening to a place where I have played several times and enjoyed many fun tournaments. It was never the best but was a good affordable round.

Prices should be half of what they are changing.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Slow pace"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
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This course lately allow 5 players in a group

more and more often and also let other twosome or threesome to follow them. Those arrangement

is not right to control pace of play.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"CONditions"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There were 2 courses here not long ago. With financial

doom pending the lakes course was closed. grounds keeping stopped aprox one month before it was closed. The Invahoe course is looking similar to how the Lakes course was neglected. Hit your ball in the fairway and the grass is the length that the rough should be. Clean contact is not possible. Some of the fairways have so many leaves you may not find your ball. The rough is 8 inches long

and finding your ball will be difficult. On the bright side while looking for your ball you may find a ball or two that someone else could not find. If you are running a golf course cutting the grass is part of the job. I hope this was a one time problem.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Nice"


jdavis10's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in the best shape I've ever seen it and the rate of play was the best. Closing The Lakes seemed to help things.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Stay on target"


u601978028's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

As many already know, the course is under new management. Here's my take on the results so far, starting with the bad so I can finish on a positive:

The Bad

The staff reductions are significant. I usually play in the afternoon and like to enjoy a beverage and one of their excellent quesadillas after my round. The bar & kitchen closed in the late afternoon (before 5 pm, although I could still get a cold beverage from the fridge at that point). When we were done with the round, there was at least an hour of full daylight left but the course was effectively closed. This isn't a deal breaker, but it is a bit sad since there was a very nice vibe to the place before these cutbacks.

The Neutral:

The Lakes course is closed. This is a non-issue for me since I didn't really like that course. If this business decision results in a better experience on Ivanhoe, I'm all for it.

The Good:

Although smaller in numbers and reduced in hours, the staff was extremely friendly, informative and helpful - they always have been. I wouldn't change a thing about who they are - just give them some more hours!

The Ivanhoe course is coming around. Over the last year or two, they had some strange "mining" operation going on in the back 9 - seriously a huge pit in the ground. I don't know if it was clay or gravel or what. That looks like it's finished now.

But more importantly, they are watering the grass again. The fairways now look like they could be used as a wildfire break instead of a wildfire ignition point. This, I believe, was mostly out of the control of the ownership and more a result of the end of the drought. In any case, it's nice to have my best drive of the day resting on green grass than on hard dirt.

The greens were in decent, not great, shape. I don't blame management for this since most of the problem stems from unfixed ball marks - a common problem on inexpensive courses. My missed putts were the result of poor strokes, not poor greens.

The carts are newer or, at least, refurbished. Ours rode quite well. They now have ice chests and they were, overall, in good condition.

Obviously, this is not an expensive course, nor should it be. However, in terms of value, it is almost impossible to beat. I hope the new business model is successful and someday the clubhouse will re-open during the late afternoon hours. I really miss those quesadillas!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"on a budget"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Ivanhoe has a good basic layout. Financial problems keep the maintenance to a minimum. The few employees they do have are nice to deal with. Hopefully, the new ownership or management group can bring it back up to a good standard. We played for a very low price so value is the only reason to play there. Don't expect more.

We would go back except we had to deal with a few groups in front of us that played as five. They play there everyday and when we asked could we play through, we were told we might hold them up (we are two better than average players.) They were pretty rude. We just drove to the back side and played it first. So if you go out early in the day at Ivanhoe, be ready for fives. If you're on a budget, play there, otherwise look for other options.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"This is a good course for practice."


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed the round and the greens were pretty good. The fairways need seeding.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Ivanhoe used to be great"


u510553206's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The photo of the hole for Ivanhoe is of the 11th hole on the, now closed, Lakes course. The course is really beat up. A lot of mole and squirrel holes along with bare dirt spots. The rough is inconsistent and the greens go from fair to really bad. This is really a shame and you can see it in the parking lot. Almost completely empty.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/23/2017

Did you actually play last week? Im thinking of playing Saturday but if Ivanhoe is still this beat up after they closed the Lakes I will have to pass


"The new Cottonwood?"


Lazarus34'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 08/07/2017
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Reviewed on

As many know this course is under new management and since it is my local course, and I often play there, my expectations are high. With the sale of one of the two 18 hole courses there and the reduction in staff I am anxious to see just how management will improve. Thankfully the guest staff have remained to continue the service that we have come to know. Anxiously waiting !


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



Mike5544's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Surprisingly in good shape"


u000005511737's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2017
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Reviewed on

The course was is good shape. I heard a lot of bad things but surprisingly the course was in good shape.. I'll play there again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"gritty golf"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We've played here many times over many years. The course has been pretty much run into the ground and now is trying to be improved by its latest owner or manager.

The original layout was good. The course has been altered and doesn't play as well.

Hopefully, the new management can bring it up to an acceptable standard. The driving range netting is falling down. Various fencing has also fallen down. If the price is really low, play it. If it's a special occasion go elsewhere. Hopefully Ivanhoe can be brought back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Price does not include cart"


u000001971129's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One month ago Cottonwood stopped including the cart with Golf Now. So, instead of $21 it ended up $33.49 with all fees. Course is not worth that much in its current condition. Both courses are great layouts and I'll plan on walking next time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"it's a construction zone!"


Johnny7871177's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2017
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course is in bad shape!.. and it was like playing in a construction zone with semi trucks moving dirt from the pond back and forth kicking up dust clouds as far as the eye can see.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Great price"


dstew8's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great price for a round with a cart. Course was in pretty good condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Greens need work"


u000003496718's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played for the first time, alone, for it was a slow day according to a staff member.

Undergoing construction in some holes, so the distances were adjusted. Greens too fast, I say they should not have the grass so short. Car paths are dirt, so, quite jumpy. I guess in rainy days they must be muddy and a complete mess.

For the price, not bad. Will play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Greens roll true and fast"


minpin911's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wide fairways and landing areas .Length of holes have has a tee box for everyone


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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