Aviara Golf Club
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Aviara Golf Club
Golfers practice their putting outside the Aviara clubhouse. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Aviara Golf Club - No. 11
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Aviara Golf Club - No. 11
Aviara Golf Club's par-3 11th hole features a carry over a pond and is filled with flora and a waterfall. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Aviara Golf Club - No. 11
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Aviara Golf Club - No. 11
A view from behind Aviara Golf Club's 11th green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Aviara Golf Club - No. 14
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Aviara Golf Club - No. 14
A view of Aviara Golf Club's par-3 14th hole from the elevated 15th tee. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Aviara Golf Club - No. 3
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Aviara Golf Club - No. 3
Aviara is tastefully landscaped at every turn, including beside the par-3 third hole. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Aviara Golf Club - No. 4
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Aviara Golf Club - No. 4
The fourth hole at Aviara Golf Club is a par 4 with plenty of bunkers. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Aviara Golf Club - No. 7
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Aviara Golf Club - No. 7
The seventh hole at Aviara Golf Club is a downhill par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
San Diego's Aviara Golf Club is eye candy at every turn - No. 8
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San Diego's Aviara Golf Club is eye candy at every turn - No. 8
Golfers can go for the green in two on Aviara Golf Club's par-5 eighth, but there is plenty of trouble in the way. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Aviara Golf Club - No. 8
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Aviara Golf Club - No. 8
The eighth fairway at Aviara Golf Club shows a well protected green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Aviara Golf Club - No. 9
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Aviara Golf Club - No. 9
The ninth hole at Aviara Golf Club is a sharp dogleg right. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Park Hyatt Aviara
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Park Hyatt Aviara
Spacious guest rooms at the Park Hyatt Aviara have balconies and overlook the Batiquitos Lagoon and pool areas. Courtesy of Park Hyatt Aviara
Park Hyatt Aviara
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Park Hyatt Aviara
Park Hyatt Aviara has numerous pools for relaxation after golf or other fitness activities. Courtesy of Park Hyatt Aviara

San Diego's Aviara Golf Club: Eye candy at every turn

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- In a sunny golf destination full of luxurious resorts, Aviara Golf Club , part of the Park Hyatt Aviara, stands out in a big way.

Located north of San Diego in Carlsbad, Aviara features one of the area's most impeccably manicured layouts to go along with a player-friendly design by Arnold Palmer . It's a host of the LPGA's Kia Classic and is particularly inviting to women, and couples trips. But the championship tee yardage of 7,007 yards means its a test for any level of golfer.

The course winds through hillsides and features long views, particularly from such elevated tees as the downhill seventh and eighth holes on the front side, not to mention the gorgeous par-3 14th hole on the back.

Though Aviara Golf Club is open to the public, is it part of the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, which is located just up the hill, and is a lavish experience beginning with a great breakfast buffet. The resort caters particularly to health and wellness, with a sleek fitness center plus outdoor classes, as courts for tennis enthusiasts. For relaxation, there are two large pools (including an adults-only pool) and a spa. Rooms have been recently updated and feature all of the latest technology. For dinner, you can take the shuttle back down the hill to Aviara Golf Club, which has a signature steakhouse, Argyle, featuring numerous cuts of wagyu beef, plus cuts of bison and lamb.

Golf Advisor raters are high on Aviara, a course managed by Troon Golf. It's currently the no. 2-rated course on the San Diego destination page .

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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