The Grand Golf Club in San Diego is worthy of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort

SAN DIEGO -- Designed by Tom Fazio, The Grand Golf Club takes up 350 acres of the 400-acre Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort in northern San Diego, just off the Pacific near other top resorts such as Torrey Pines and La Costa.

The golf course measures 7,160 yards from the longest of six sets of tees. The course, which is rarely crowded, features holes that seem independent of each other. Fazio used his signature bunkering to frame holes and protect greens, many of which have quite a bit of undulation, making three-putts possible throughout the course.

The Grand Golf Club's par 3s are particularly strong, offering a great variety and one of the toughest holes on the course in the par-3 17th, which can play as long as 242 yards over water.

The course ends with a par 4 that plays around and over a stream to a green graced by waterfalls.

Jun 30, 2015

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Mike Bailey

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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trio to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.