Real del Mar Golf Resort

1.0000000000 1.0 stars from 5 (1)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6403 yards
  • Slope: 146
  • Rating: 77.7
  • Layout


Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes


Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes


Dress code: Collared shirt required

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6403 yards 77.7 146
White 72 5949 yards 68.8 127
Red (W) 72 5534 yards 67.0 123
Gold (W) 72 5033 yards 69.9 130

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 1.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.0 stars from 5
Value: 1.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 1.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 1 Reviews
5 stars:
4 stars:
3 stars:
2 stars:
1 stars:

recommend this course

0 out of 1 reviews



Overall Rating
Type of Golfer

"Real del Mar, a real DAWG!"

nickesquire's avatar
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging

I don't recommend this course

    Marketing Tools for Golf Course Operators

    • Add a Golf Advisor Rating Badge to Your Website. Get Widget
    • Get a feed with the latest reviews for this course Feed