Cottonwood Golf Club - Lakes Course

2.9507000000 3.0 stars from 5 (142)
  • 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

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 142 Reviews
5 stars:
9
4 stars:
39
3 stars:
49
2 stars:
26
1 stars:
19

recommend this course

92 out of 140 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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"The course that time forgot"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I have played this course a few times before and it was fine, but I had not visited in a couple of years and was really disappointed.

The course looks like it gets no maintenance, bunkers have mostly dirt, no more sand, they filled-in one of the lakes and the fairways have less grass than I remember, which is fine on the edges but not in the middle. The clubhouse is more of the same, it desperately needs work.

It's sad to see a course get to this point, hopefully they can still save it because there are definitely much better options in San Diego for the price.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"First time, last time playing here"


u000003496718's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

This was my first time playing here, and based on the conditions of the course it will be my last one, too. It would be nice to have a crew use a leaf-blower once in a while to remove the excessive amount of leaves found all over the course. This makes the search of the ball even more difficult. The fairways have so many dry spots that I could not finish to tell you about them today. I have no opinion about the bunkers for I did not fall in a single one, so I do not know. The greens are in such bad shape, you know, dimples everywhere, so, it is not easy to have a straight putt. I am so sorry I wasted that money here. I could have paid a few more bucks and go somewhere else. The place it's so rundown you could swear it is located on a ghost town. I have no idea if it is owned by the city or a private corporation, but whoever it is: Shameful!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"The course has a very poor green condition"


Jr5346988's avatar
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Need to maintain the greens., it wasn't properly cut nor maintain., We couldnt notice the difference between green or fringe. , Ball crawls at putting greens and needs to crank up its 4WD.. to push it with the putter


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Nice layout, great value, friendly staff. Greens need some improvement. With a little TLC, this will be a great course."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played this course twicedespite all the negative reviews (snobs), and I must say it's great for what you pay. Greens need improvement, ground squirrels are part of the challenge, but not too bad. Overall, I will say I will recommend and will return to play there.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Value - Good Pace of Play!"


Robert4895622's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Cottonwood Lakes is not a high end course but it is in good condition and presents a fair challenge. There are few easy holes and trouble lurks even on those. I got a red hot deal 2 hours before tee time and paid under $18 for 18 holes with cart on a nice day. The round took only 4 hours. The staff and other golfers were friendly. This course and the companion Ivanhoe course are great values.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"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"


ketelwon'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



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