Omni La Costa Resort & Spa - Champions Course

3.9182058824 3.9 stars from 5 (205)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7094 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 74.9
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "La Costa Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7094 yards 74.9 141
Blue 72 6608 yards 72.9 135
White 72 6269 yards 71.4 131
Red (W) 72 5939 yards 76.3 137

Located north of San Diego in Carlsbad, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is a legendary golf and wellness getaway in southern California. The resort, which opened in the 1950s, has hosted 37 elite PGA Tour events. The Champions Course features a serene setting that meanders through peaceful wetlands over landscaped bridges and rolling hills. The course underwent a significant renovation in 2011 by Steve Pate, Damian Pascuzzo and Jeff Brauer, which included four brand new holes and improved irrigation and soil for improved course conditions year-round.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 205 Reviews
5 stars:
66
4 stars:
73
3 stars:
45
2 stars:
15
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

148 out of 205 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers entertaining clients a bucket list/top 100 pick   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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gunrock078's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2018
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Staff was super friendly. Finding the club house was a little confusing to find inside the resort. Course was in great shape. Played 18 in just under 4 hours. Would definitely play this course again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/15/2018

Thank you for playing with us and taking the time to review!


"Great value"


u000006084267's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Before booking my tee time, I checked out a few of the reviews. Some of the reviews were not very positive, so when I booked my tee time at a discount price, I wasn't expecting a whole lot. Man, was I wrong. Very friendly pro shop staff, especially David, friendly starter, but most of all, I thought the course was in great shape. The greens were the best I played in the San Diego area. Will for sure return.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/15/2018

Thanks so much for playing with us and sharing your feedback! Our new Director of Golf Course Maintenance is doing great things out there! Come back and see us again soon! Dustin



knipster7's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2018
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Excellent day of golf. Terrific course, staff even better.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/15/2018

Thanks knipster7 for the great review! The cooler temps in the spring kept the grass dormant longer than usual and resulted in a good amount of negative reviews. Temps are up and the turf is thriving. Come see us again and thank you again for playing La Costa! Dustin


"Golf as it Should Be"


DrGonzalez's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Omni La Costa was great. The grounds leading up to the course are very impressive. The valet took my clubs from the trunk of my car and down to the carts. He also asked if I had played there before and gave me directions to the pro shop. While getting to the pro shop was a little convoluted it was not to bad. I was attended to quickly and professionally. It was a busy day but the quickly got me and my bags onto a cart and pointed me to the driving range and 1st tee. Balls for the driving range were included so I warmed up as much as I liked. I rolled a few on the putting green and felt the greens as smooth and FAST. The starter was a little prickly but helpful. There are a few forced carries when you tee off and ditches to clear on approach but overall nothing overwhelming. The fairways were fantastic; fluffy and green. The greens were like glass. After the round, they took my clubs from the cart to the valet station while I visited the 19th hole. A great experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/15/2018

Thank you DrGonzalez for playing with us and for the great review! We appreciate your support and hope to see you out again soon. Dustin



Neal1502796's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
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Reviewed on

Played legends course.

Great pace

Got a hot deal, well worth the money.

Greens a little slow.

Fun round.

Worth 50-70$ max will be back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/15/2018

Thank you for playing with us and looking forward to seeing you again soon! Dustin



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/15/2018

Thank you for playing with us and sharing your feedback! Dustin


"Resort Golf"


u756131264's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The resort and course far exceeded my expectations. Having never been here before, even though I'm a local, I was extremely happy with my experience at La Costa Resort. Staff was top notch and from the looks of it, outside looking in, the amenities are amazing. Can't wait to come back for a round and possibly a stay-cation.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/15/2018

Thanks for playing with us and for the kind words! Staycation at La Costa is a must! Thank you again and hope to see you soon. Dustin


"La Costa south"


u819534904's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
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Good course but ended up in a 5 person group. Very slow.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Aging yet still wonderful"


zrick1's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

I played both courses at the Omni La Costa and both were fun and challenging. They are two totally different types of experiences as the legends is a lush green country club/resort type experience and the champions is a less manicured desert/natural grasslands experience. I was amazed how wide open the tee times were and how i didn't ever see another golfer within 2 holes of me. played 3 rounds here and played each in under 3.5 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



eddog171's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
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Not a huge fan. Resort is amazing but would never pay that much for a mediocre golf course. For the money, not worth it. GolfNow deal yes otherwise no way. But resort is amazing.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Lendgends course"


harry6119033's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2018
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I got a 1:00 start and played in 3:30 mins , The course was in great condition


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Simply ok"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2018
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I played the legends course for $50 in the afternoon on a Tuesday. First impression is they need signs directing you from the parking lot to the pro shop. It’s kind of a long walk to carry your clubs but I could have dropped them off as it turned out but there were no signs. It feels like more of a resort than a golf course because that’s exactly what it is. It also appears they have let the course get run over a little bit but overall it’s in fine condition. They were doing some repair work on the greens and blamed conditions on the weather. I wouldn’t pay more than $75 to play here. They’re definitely living off the reputation of the past.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



u183424608's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

When I showed up I was excited. I remember this course from the PGA tour events and had high hopes even though I have read some of the reviews. Unfortunately others were right. The resort is beautiful, everything is perfectly manicured. The golf course, not so much. The greens were decent, the fairways were ok, but a lot of them were patchy and had clumps of crab grass. Plus there are birds and bird poop everywhere on some holes. The guy in the pro shop was nice, the cart guys were ok but basically ignored me. Overall disappointed, especially with what this place costs. Maybe it's because it is still winter, I would like to try it again when it warms up, maybe the course will look better. But as expensive as it is, unless I find a great price on Golf Now or something, I'll go somewhere else. That are plenty of places local that are far less expensive and in better shape


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 07/15/2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! Would love to have you back now that the temperatures are warm, the grass is thriving again - it's amazing what couple months can do for conditions. Email me dustin.irwin@omnihotels.com when you are ready to come back.



u183424608's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

The resort itself is amazing, absolutely beautiful. The course is a fun layout, but not in great shape. It's ok, not terrible like others have said, but there are a lot of areas that are patchy and or have clumps of crab grass growing. Many of the bunkers were low on sand. The greens were fun and rolled nice. The biggest issue is the birds around all the water. Pop everywhere. Overall, decent course, but over priced. For about $50 I would say it was worth the money. Lastly, mats on the driving range. Annoying that there isn't a grass hitting area for what this place costs. There is a nice pitching and chipping area though


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very Disappointing Champions Course"


Forest92's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Greetings and the starter were fine, but the course was very disappointing. Fairways were patchy, traps everywhere with different levels of compaction. The greens had a lot of subtle turns and sadly a lot of different speeds? Talking of speeds it was slow and nobody around to do anything about it.

I think this place is living on its past and resort guests, not worth the price.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Legends golf course at Lacosta, Needs a lot of work"


u337671958's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2018
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We were looking forward to playing golf at Omni Lacosta Resort golf course. From the first hole, we knew the course was in poor shape but we had no idea how bad it was. As we continued to play the fairways became worse. The fairways were clumps of grass, mixed in with bare areas, clumps of weeds, covered with duck mess; some spots were so bad we had to move our balls to hit without stepping in the mess. Add to this, a poorly maintained restroom and you have a failing grade in what should be, a very nice golf course.

if properly maintained , this could be a fun course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/26/2018

u337671958 thanks for playing with us and sharing your feedback. It's amazing what a difference 1 week makes! Our fairways on Legends are Paspalum, which is a warm season grass. When the night temperatures stay in the 30's and 40's, the grass goes off-color and is not an attractive color. After the recent rains and warming temps, the fairways are green and lush. Please drop me an email dustin.irwin@omnihotels.com and let me know when you can come back and see Legends again. Dustin


"Quite disappointed"


Brently26's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2018

Reviewed on

Did not live up to my expectations. Conditions were rough, I thought maybe it was just the time of year but I went to other courses and they were great.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



u000004737228's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/26/2018

u000004737228 thank you for the great review!



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