Cottonwood Golf Club - Lakes Course

2.9632000000 3.0 stars from 5 (136)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6302 yards
  • Slope: 116
  • Rating: 69.6
  • 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
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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
Regular 72 6302 yards 69.6 116
White 71 6302 yards 70.4 117
Red (W) 73 5531 yards 75.2 124

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 136 Reviews
5 stars:
8
4 stars:
38
3 stars:
49
2 stars:
23
1 stars:
18

recommend this course

89 out of 134 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for locals beginners seniors   Challenges include water hazards bunkers elevation changes   Great for drinks brunch  

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"Rough Greens"


Pablo4304898's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Can do a little bit of work on the greens. Watch out for crosswinds on the back nine.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Ground squirrels"


jackpersinger's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has so much potential...so much...the fairways are pock marked with ground squirrel holes, and mounds, the greens are ok, but need work, and the sand traps are untouched....terrible...no wonder I played for 16 bucks...spend some money and make this place nice....I probably won't play this side again...but would if you gave it some attention....


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



Bsmith1421's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course



u000007128065's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Terrible...even for Cottonwood"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

The day started out great. It's a Saturday. Golf at sunrise. First in first out.

When I checked in I was told that my free round I had been holding on to was no good because of "new ownership" doing away with the Players Club that had been around for a few years.

I wasn't to happy about it but my buddy and I agreed to stay and play Cottonwood since we like to play fast and be the first if not one of the first groups to tee off. Plus we wouldn't have made it to Sycuan before the morning rush.

We paid the overpriced rack rate and headed out. I haven't played Cottonwood is awhile because it was so bad in that past and believe it or not...it's gotten worse. We were the first twosome.

In a nutshell:

The driving range is shut down "until further notice." No starter. The bottles of divot mix were both empty. Teeing ground was set up from yesterday's rounds and chewed up. Empty beer bottles and trash next to every tee box. No kidding, every tee box. The bunkers are either concrete or empty. Greens are full of weeds. Fairways are bare.

I'm not a golf snob. I just love getting out and enjoying a round. I play all over San Diego County about 4 times a month. From budget courses Mission Trails to nicer tracks like Encinitas Ranch and Ram's Hill. These were the worst course conditions I've played, ever. Do not give this place your money. Sycuan has a better rate if you look out for golfnow deals. Steele Canyon is a bit more expensive but for a difference of $20 over this place it's well worth it. When visiting Rancho San Diego, do not even pull into Cottonwood's parking lot. -JP


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Get what you pay for"


Statmaster's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played as a 3-some and were able to get on the course 30 minutes before our tee time (trying to beat the rain). Pace of play was excellent, as there were very few people at the course.

Course is not in the best shape, but then again, got a sweet deal from GolfNow.com for $16. Fairways are spotty, but not bad. Greens were a little slow and bumpy. Layout for course is OK, not particularly challenging as most of the trees are barren due to winter conditions..

This is a good course to just keep your game up to speed or for a beginner.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A slice of heaven!"


u000005378955's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Ivanhoe was in the best condition I've seen it in for years! The pace of play was excellent and it felt like we had the course to ourselves! I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Cottonwood Lakes (formerly Monte Vista)"


lcpetteren1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/04/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I haven't played this course in fifteen or twenty years and I was pleasantly surprised to find it in pretty good shape. The fairways were well maintained but the rough could be cleaned up, mowed, and filled in better. Abundance of cottonwood tree leaves are always a problem. The greens were well maintained and fast. Pace of play was really quick but it was a weekday.

The clubhouse and pro shop are in desperate need of remodeling, but who cares.

Great value for the money, I will be playing again soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Good value for the buck"


moose63ps19's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

like the lakes , enjoy golf period


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Conditions"


Cmicun's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2016
First time playing Used cart Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff was friendly, but even with the Hot Deal price on GolfNow, I didn't feel it was worth it. Southern California is currently in a drought, but other clubs have been able to maintain their courses, and Cottonwood apparently can not. It may be funding, lack of membership, I'm not sure, but the course wasn't very good. It had potential to be beautiful, but currently it isn't, and that is unfortunate.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"OK"


mancubb50's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sure wish they would have Diagram of fairway. Did not know how the Fairway laid-out. Would appreciate which way I was hitting.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Nice Layout"


thompsam420's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For a intermediate golfer, this course is an excellent setup at a very good price. Fairways and greens need a little work, but greens did play a lot better than previous times I'd played here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Always a fun challenge"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Cottonwood Lakes is a fun course to play. It's not the best maintained course, but I like the layout and the pace of play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"You get what you pay for."



2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Horrible pace of play. Marshall nowhere to be found. Everything was dead. Tee boxes not mowed. Putting greens not mowed. It was cheap.. You get what you pay for.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"ivanhoe is a good course for a great price"


u000008074015's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For the price we payed, you can't beat it. It's a great course in good condition. Staff is nice, courtious, and friendly. The cart girls are awesome and great. Food is good there too. In 1963 the coure was used by the PGA tour before moving to Torrey Pines, so i enjoy playing there with my friends. Fivesomes are ok. They're cool like that.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Horrible"


Bob3312681's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was not maintained. Tee boxes had overgrown grass 4-5 in tall, worms on every green


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Just another cheap course"


Matthew7615883's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2016
Previously played Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Cottonwood is an average course on it's best day. Anyone who gives this course a rating above 3 stars is delusional. That being said, in the current condition it's a one star course. Again this is another course in San Diego that you get what you pay for. It's very cheap to play here. Just a course to mix into the play list. With cheap courses you get golfers that don't play much golf and are usually hacks and very slow players. Basically out there to drink, smoke pot that take day off work. These are the type of golfers who also ruin course play. They don't fix their ball marks on the greens and severely slow the pace of play.

Cottonwood does a horrid job of maintaining the course and it shows. The greens are by far the worst in San Diego. Bumpy, holed covered slow greens that are muddy. The fairways are thin which is common in San Diego but also have many holes and dirt areas. I find that I have to lift ,clean and place my ball on most holes. I shouldn't have to be penalized when I'm in the fairway. The bunkers are a mix of dirt and some sand mixed in with weeds. They're never ranked and always seem to be wet and heavy.

The driving range is trash. The balls are old, ragged, bald and just not fun to hit on the range. When you can hit a draw and fade on one shot, well that just says it all. I don't even bother to warm up before I play here anymore. I haven't bought range balls in well over a year.

This is another course where the starters and marshals are a bit useless. Don't even know why they're at the course. They rarely pair groups up. When you have 5 or 6 groups in a row that are all 1some and 2somes something is wrong. I played here about a month ago as well and came up on two 5somes and an 8some on the back nine of the Lakes. Yes an 8some!! Skipping holes isn't fun, I just left. /:

What else...Umm the food is average junk food. Cart girls are hit and miss as far as seeing them. They are always nice as well as the rest of the people who work at the course. Never had an issue with any of the employees.

With all this negativity with this course I will still continue to play here. Not often but I will have it in my play list once a month or so. Why? Because it's cheap and easy to get on. When I do play here it's typically a day I don't wish to play golf and find myself bored at home. So I come here last minute on whim.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Greens are pretty rough"


Paul7935298's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are extremely bumpy and spongy. Doesn't help that the mud hens are very much in play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Sat golf"


Thomas3146935's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I lakes that we came early and they sent us out


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"They totally lied to us !"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/19/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lakes course on the greens little beat up but playable, they told us at desk that Ivanhoe was closed for the day & in the middle & end of our round we did find players on the Ivanhoe.

They totally lied to us......


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



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