Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego - No. 1
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Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego - No. 1
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club's first hole is a short, slightly downhill par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego - No. 2
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Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego - No. 2
The par-5 second hole at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club plays steeply downhill. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego - No. 7
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Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego - No. 7
The seventh hole at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club is a short par 4 surrounded by bunkers and boulders. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego - No. 8
The eighth hole at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club plays up to an elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Carmel Mountain Ranch CC in San Diego - No. 10
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Carmel Mountain Ranch CC in San Diego - No. 10
The par-5 10th hole at Carmel Mountain Ranch CC heads severely downhill and can be reached in two shots with a good drive. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego - No. 11
The 11th hole at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club is a short par 3 that plays over water. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Carmel Mountain Ranch C.C. in San Diego - No. 14
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Carmel Mountain Ranch C.C. in San Diego - No. 14
The par-4 14th hole at Carmel Mountain Ranch C.C. plays downhill to a green tucked behind a water hazard. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Carmel Mountain Ranch C.C.
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Carmel Mountain Ranch C.C.
Architect Ronald Fream designed Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego - No. 17
The short, par-4 17th hole at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club is guarded by water in front of an elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego - clubhouse
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Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego - clubhouse
The clubhouse at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club is large and hosts weddings and group functions. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club in San Diego

Located north of downtown San Diego off I-15, Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club is a semi-private golf course set in a residential community. It's located right across the highway from the DoubleTree Golf Resort.

Opened in 1986, the course was designed by Ronald Fream and plays 6,627 yards from the championship tee box. The course winds up and down hilly property and has some great views of the surrounding hillsides. On the golf course, large bunkering, creeks, ponds and boulder formations all come into play, making it a great option for lower handicaps.

Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club's first two holes head downhill, and the second is one of two par 5s that head sharply downhill. The par-5 10th is another birdie try that can be reached in two shots with a couple of firm strikes. Other holes aren't so kind. The par-3 sixth hole heads uphill and can play as long as 240 yards, and the par-5 eighth hole has an elevated, tilted green that can be extremely difficult to putt on if you find yourself above the hole.

Carmel Mountain Ranch is known for having some of the fastest bentgrass greens in the area all year round.

There is a large clubhouse on site that specializes in events. There is no driving range, however. Golf carts are equipped with GPS units.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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