Nine Hole at Balboa Park Municipal Golf Club

3.8333000000 3.8 stars from 5 (12)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 32
  • Length: 2175 yards
  • Layout

  • 2600 Golf Course Dr, San Diego, California 92102, San Diego County
  • (619) 239-1660, (619) 570-1234
  • (619) 232-1870
  • www.balboaparkgolf.com
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Year built: 1921
Type: Public/Municipal
Style: Executive
Greens: Kikuyu grass
Fairways: Kikuyu grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Men's 32 2175 yards 0.0 0
Ladies' 35 2135 yards 0.0 0

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 12 Reviews
5 stars:
2
4 stars:
6
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
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recommend this course

11 out of 11 reviews


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"Decent course, great views of skyline and Coronado bridge"


benjoven's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

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

Reviewed on

This is the course I play the most, best to play early in the morning because-right now-there's a ton of high school tournaments going after 3:00 PM.

The par 3 17th is classic, down hill par 3 with a great view of downtown San Diego.

Not bad, not great but decent track.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable Round of Golf at a Great Muni"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Balboa is one of the best old Municipal Courses in the country. Heavy previous rains made the fairways tough, but the greens were perfect and the views of the city are great. Played with a couple from Atlanta and it went really well. I like the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"The Devil's Liar"


Hbell2015's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2016
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Balboa Park is centrally located in the heart of San Diego. The Balboa Park Golf Course is located within the 1400 acres of Balboa Park, as are the San Diego Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Spanish Village Art Center, San Diego Old Globe Theatre Complex, and the Morley Sport Complex, which includes the golf course.

The Balboa Park GC is a traditional links style golf course, with tall and rolling grass. The primary vegetation is chaparral, and coastal sage. There are also several clusters of trees to add to the course beauty and wickedness as well as a wide assortment of wildlife including mule deer, bobcats, and Red Diamond Rattlesnakes. The bird species are too many to mention, however I did see a very impressive large hawk. This is where things start to get interesting.

The Devil's Liar : the course is quite hilly, with visually intimidating tight fairways and postage stamp greens which are undulating and fast. I checked the course slope rating and yardage, which showed the Blue tees (the tips) at 72.1/127 and 6347 yards. This devilish little course will deceive you, because the yardage and slope rating does not accurately reflect the difficulty of the course. If ignored, the course demons will take your golf game straight to the Devil. Trust me, there will be a few times when you will shout "Jesus", and look for some form of devine intervention. Standing on the first tee box and looking down at a steep sloping fairway, which drops about 75 feet, you wonder should I hit driver. The hole yardage is 344 yards from the Blue tees. The fairway is wide, but if you spray the ball left or right you will find yourself on a side sloping hill in deep rolling grass or foliage. If you play by the rules of golf for a lost ball, then it's back to the tee box and a uphill climb. I used a 2 hybrid off the Blue tee and found the fairway. My next shot was uphill to a quasi peninsula green, with deep rough front and back, and a steep dropoff  on the left side of green. My second shot was short, but I chipped it close and one putted for par. By the time I reached the second tee box I was ready mentally to challenge the course, but my game was not. I had to make some adjustments to stay in the game.

The guilding light through the valley of evil: First, leave the driver in the bag, if you can't hit it staight. This course was designed for not so long hitters, who are virtuous iron players, with the putting touch of an angel. Second, good course management is a must. Aggressive play is a medieval curse that will lead your game down a path of disastrous consequences. Play smart and be prepared to lay up short of the green. Finally, swallow your pride, move up to the White tees, and by all means "Do Not Walk This Course".

You will have a better understanding of what I am talking about when you reach some of the signature holes. My favorite hole is hole #6, a 210 yard (Blue tees), par 3 with a peninsula green. The day I played this hole the pin was in the back and the hole measured 225 yards. I purposely layed up, chipped it close and one putted for par. The course is really challenging from the Blue tees and more relaxing from the White tees. If you are a low handicap player, then this course is devine. Higher handicap golfers playing the White tees will find enjoyment and heaven right here on earth. Which path will you take? Good or Evil?

The course layout is impressive as is the difficulty of play. Pace of play was good most of the time, with only a couple of spots where it slowed down.

I like this course and recommend it to all golfers except beginners.

Course Review

H.Bell (Golf Enthusiast/ Writer)


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"18 holes before a flight"


Richie4326581's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Boston Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

I chose Balboa due to quick ride to airport for return home. Course is short with some really quirky holes especially on the front 9. Front nine plays in low area with climb gradually to back nine. Really nice sight lines to downtown. I walked but I'd suggest a cart , it's a climb. Practice range is not good, driving into a clay canyon? Staff was friendly I had ubered over and was carrying my luggage so man in pro shop held my stuff in back office during play. Highlight of course is 16. A par 5 over a canyon to a thin fairway with a big drop to right. Really neat to stand on that tee and plan strategy. Restaurant in clubhouse had super friendly people and cold beer!! That's a 5 star!! Back patio overlooking #1 and #18. Was a good day. If my plans permit it I'd play again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very nice old muni"


u000001750038's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played in February, 18 holes with cart on a Friday for under $60 in San Diego - what a surprise. I play frequently and am somewhat critical in my review of courses. Balboa was a wonderful shortish course with beautiful vistas of San Diego. Front nine was very tight, while back nine a bit more open. While only 6300 yards, it is no pushover, due to tiny, very quick greens. Greens were similar to private clubs I have played. Rest of course was in adequate shape - great greens make up for most all other defects. I would highly recommend course to all who like the price point and quick ride to airport. Practice range is not good, and operational set up to pay confirms the county is involved. In summary, neat course at great price.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Old School Experience"


trhuntjr's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This course was a lot of fun. Great views of the downtown and surrounding areas. Variety of holes were outstanding. Only a couple of similar holes Some excellent par 3. Number 16 par 5 is as challenging and exciting hole is you will play anywhere. The course was recently aerified so the greens were very slow but it was still a lot of fun. I walked the course and it was an incredible workout for a 6200 yard course. Will definitely play again my next trip to San Diego.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best Muni in San Diego Not Named Torrey Pines"


TK2575's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Not a particularly long course, but the design is quite enticing and fun to play. Only a few holes seem to mirror each other; most keep the challenges and elevations varied.

Course in good shape - fairways are generally good to hit off of, rough is playable, greens are at a moderate to slower speed. Each time I've played here the pace of play has been pretty good, waits are infrequent. Good range and practice green.


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


"Great Value and Place to Work your Game"


TK2575's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I've played here a few times - at its best, this is a very quick course where I've had opportunity to practice and work my game (and most clubs in the bag) for a very reasonable price (especially compared to Mission Bay GC not far away). At its worst, this fairly sizeable 9 hole course can move very slow with every foursome that hasn't played golf in years.

Pretty straight ahead design that maximizes on available space. Recommended during off-peak times.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"WOW is all i can say"


uPQHS6288PQ's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

My time is running up on my SD resident card and I wanted to play Balboa and Torry in the same weekend. Tee time at 315 and got off a little early, which is always nice.

I was absolutely amazed on how good the course looked. I play 3 times a week, and this course is in better shape than most courses in SD. Both myself and my playing partners were amazed on how good the course looked, especially in the past this course is a little less then desirable.

The only draw back is the prehistoric way they make you pay and then go to get carts in another area. This is so ridiculous, but hey the course totally made up for it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Muni course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

For a muni course, the greens and fairways were in great shape. Twilight rates start at 2pm and are a bargain. Weekends are always busy and it's expected to have some wait times. It would be great if they require carts on "weekends" only to keep the pace manageable. Our cart died several times and mgt was quick to replace on the course.

When weather is perfect, you get a great view of the city and ocean. Definitely recommend that you play here at least once.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Not bad for a muni!"


toothysaw2's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played this as a final round of a golf trip since it was near the airport.

For being a muni it was in pretty decent shape (especially compared to most munis i've played in Texas).

It's a pretty straightforward course, but is interesting enough to be enjoyable. There is a par 5 on the back (i think #16) that was the toughest par 5 of our trip (Steele, Madera, and Torrey were the other courses we played).

If you are looking for a good, inexpensive round this is the spot.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Best fairways in San Diego!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/9/2013

Reviewed on

According to the people who know, the course is in the best shape it has ever been for the last 50 years.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate



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