9200 Inwood Drive, Santee, California 92071, US
(619) 448-4242
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About Carlton Oaks Lodge, Ascend Hotel Collection

Carlton Oaks has a long history of tournament golf. Curtis Strange won the 1974 NCAA Championships on the course before Perry Dye redesigned the layout and stretched it to 7,400 yards in the 1980s. The Carlton Oaks Lodge, Ascend Hotel Collection, offers 51 modernized, Asian-inspired rooms just steps from the clubhouse, its Oaks Bar & Grill and the outdoor pool and jacuzzi. 

Facts

Price Range$$
Property Class★★★
Acres168
Year Opened1958
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities & Services

RestaurantsCasual
Room TypesRoom
Practice FacilityYes
Banquet SpaceYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

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3.5
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Pace of play

It is so annoying to follow slow players. What is it going to take for courses to manage the pace of players? It would be so nice to be able to count on a reasonable pace for my round of golf. Help us out!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
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Commented on 07/13/2020

We apologize for the pace of play issue you experienced. We always try to keep a great pace when having our golfers on the course. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback as we will use your review to better the experience going forward. We hope you give us another try in the near future!

Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 07/09/2020

Hello, Jayme5381325. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Definitely a hidden gem

Would highly recommend to anyone who hasn’t played here. The layout is amazing! The course conditions are amazing. Very few burnouts and the greens were firm but you could still stick with some spin. Might have to make this my home course. Play the tips if you want an ultimate challenge! Ball placement is key.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/13/2020

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round, dadams4332! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Carlton Oaks

Good course design and challenging layout but the greens were not maintained well and the course definitely needs some maintenance. Could charge much more than they do but keep prices down because of the course conditions are not great. Hosts Canadian Tour qualifying events and PGA Tour qualifying events in the past and is definitely challenging from the back tees. Needs to work on course maintenance and amenities.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/26/2020

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Don’t waste the money

$80 for a cart and 18 is what I should’ve been paid to golf here. Don’t waste the money they are letting the course dry and die out.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 06/22/2020

Hi, kennyv1881. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

There are many dry spots especially around the edges. Overall the course was looking good and there were a lot of people playing. the pace of Play was good. I remember playing the course when it was much greener and more refreshing to the eyes. The cost was little stiff.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/22/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Great layout, needs work

This was my first time playing here. Looks like it was once a great country-club course that has been neglected. Fairways were hit-and-miss with many broken irrigation areas that alternately flooded or browned out areas. Greens were over-watered or not draining so they were painfully pock marked with ball marks even though it hasn't rained much. Almost every approach shot came close to plugging in the green.

The layout, however is really fun. Its a flat course but the undulations and obviously neglected waste areas hint that the course was once great.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/22/2020

Hello, virens23. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Great conditions

Played in great weather and at a reasonable price.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/18/2020

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round, uENJW2504EN! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Carlton Oaks during COVID-19

Staff was friendly, despite pandemic they had great set up, explained things and had Sanitizing stations. Place was clean and course was good and challenging. The only thing is there’s a lot of leaves makes it hard to find your ball even in the fairway during sunrise. Overall great course for the money I will return here and stop going to Bonita due to their staff’s rudeness.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/15/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beast Mode

Fairways were in great condition, but greens needs some work. Other then that round was fun and quick. Finished in 2 1/2 hours.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/15/2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us u314159941853. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club thanks you!

Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/26/2020

Hi u7113934. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club.

Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun layout

Played here for the first time with some friends from work. We had an early tee time (7:50), but I was still surprised at how busy it was. The layout is challenging and the greens are some of the most interesting I have seen in San Diego. They were in good shape and have a lot of undulations. Bunkers were in decent shape for a public course. The fairways were a little rough, but definitely playable.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/10/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/10/2020

Hello, u314160083157. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/08/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/08/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great Chaplenging course

Plenty of water features in play, tricky shots, undulating greens, and a great view of the mountain range

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/08/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Challenging

First time trying this course after seeing reviews. Impressed with layout and length. Fairways are good and greens are challenging.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
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Commented on 06/01/2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us u00000174024. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club thanks you!

Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 05/28/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club!

Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Good twilight rate

Course is in good shape since they cut the rough down. Fun time. Greens definitely need the most work tho. Slow greens and They roll pretty good, but you can see all the divots and some raised grass from scuffs.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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Commented on 05/28/2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us kylemac40. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club thanks you!

Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Pretty Good Deal at Carlton Oaks

My first time playing here. A good value and a solid course. The front is more challenging than the back, but both sides are well laid out so don't get complacent. Greens are in very good shape and roll true, fairways are in good shape as well. Was looking for something different and found it here. A fun course where you need to hit every club in your bag. Some blind tee shots and lots of up and down. Walked in a foursome. Played white tees @ 6200 yards (HCP 10.5) shot 82 gross, 4:20 from 1st tee to putting out at 18.. Play early if you can because it gets hot in the afternoon. I plan to play here again some time .

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 05/28/2020

Hi AlexBF. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club.

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