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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6403 yards
Slope 146
Rating 77.7

Course Details

Year Built 1992
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Dress code Collared shirt required

Reviews

2.7
2 Reviews (2)
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First Time Playing

Good course hope they bring it back up

I heard about this course from a friend how played there a few years ago

He said just south of San Diego and the course is on great shape and very inexpensive

Well it was inexspenaive But the course needed some help

If your in the San Diego are and want to head south into Mexico for a quick round o recommend this place

I just hope they bring it up a bit

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
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Used cart

Real del Mar, a real DAWG!

Played the Blues (6403/70.7/125) with Sixpez. The course is about 20 minutes south of the S.D. border crossing.

We arrived shortly after 6am before anything was open and walked around and checked the place out. Let me paint this picture. The greens we could see had large patches of hardpan on them. The bunkers had NO SAND in them, just dug out areas full of weeds. The tees were furry and had numerous weeds also in the 6" range standing up. Much of this course looked slightly better than the closed Shadow course @ Lost Canyons... and the best for last. On parts of the course, it smelled like sewage was mixed in with water draining alongside many of the holes.

The sign on the Pro shop said it opens @ 7am, which was our tee time. Golf Cart attendants & starter were arriving by 6:45. Starter encouraged us to go ahead and tee off and pay @ the turn, which was what a local single did. However, with visions of federalies showing up and us spending the rest of the weekend in a mexican jail, Keith & I waited until the pro shop guy finally wandered in and opened the pro shop a few minutes after 7. So we went in, paid our $45 and teed off.

The fairways were probably the best part of the course, in that they were mediocre and actually had grass on them. Relatively tight course to start with that was made unreal by very thick weeds that composed their "rough" that was usually in the 4" to 2' range right off almost every fairway. I quit using good balls by the back 9 because if you missed the fairway by even a foot, the chances were more likely than not your ball was lost.

Perfect example, #7 was a short, downhill par 4. I had a chip shot from perhaps 25 yards away land just short of the green, take 1 bounce sideways and be in a small area just between the green and greenside bunker. We were both standing there and definitely saw where the ball went and could narrow it down to a small area, maybe 10 square feet. 5 minutes of looking and I finally stepped on my ball when searching literally step by step over the entire area we thought the ball was.

The course layout was actually OK to good, but you get an idea on the condition. Keith said he had actually played a few courses in worse condition than Real del Mar. However, I think it's now at the top of my "bad" list taking the whole course into account. I actually was trying to play golf and score until #7. From that point onward, I spent the next 11 holes trying to hit different shots that I thought may come in handy in the afternoon for our GK match @ Bajamar. It was little more than an overpriced driving range experience in my mind.

The bunkers here are the first time I have ever rated something a 0 on the Gk scale. They were dug out like you would expect a bunker to be in the golf course design stage. Completely devoid of sand and had numerous weeds in the 6" to 9" range popping up. Packed brown dirt or mud.

I will say this. Had we have not actually paid before hand, I would have been inclined to not pay $45 and either leave after 9 or just hit range balls, it was THAT bad. $45 with a cart, even on a Saturday was about $40 more than this place was worth. Good layout, I would hardly ever say not playing would be preferable to playing. However, even if the course conditions improved here by 50%, it would still be a course to avoid.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 01/15/2020

This review made me laugh. Surprised you didn’t ask to speak to the manager.

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