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Aviara Golf Club

Aviara Golf Club & Resort in Carlsbad, CA

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Mike, Kevin, me and Bill

The Stats

Tee Time: July 13, 2016, 7:25, 73 F, sunny

Designer: Arnold Palmer, 1991

Playing Partners: Kevin, Bill and Mike

Tees: Middle, Par 72 (70.0 rating/129 slope/6,054 yards)

Course Handicap: 7 (6.3 index)

Stats: 90 (44-46); 37 putts; 2/14 fairways; 5/18 greens; 7 penalty strokes

The Course

After a great week at the Major League All-Star festivities (I wonder how far Giancarlo Stanton could hit a driver), there was just one last thing to do before heading back to the dry desert. That would be getting an early-morning round in at Southern California’s top golf resort, Aviara Golf Club, home of the LPGA Kia Classic. This course must look amazing during the TV coverage, with pristine lakes and scenic waterfall features throughout. I’ll make sure to catch it next spring.

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Of all the water par 3’s here, the 14th is probably the toughest

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The Crossings at Carlsbad

The Crossings at Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA

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The clubhouse

The Stats

Tee Time: May 27, 2013, 10:03, 72 F, breezy

Designer: Greg Nash (2007)

Playing Partners: Ron and Thomas

Tees: Blue, Par 72 (71.0 rating/129 slope/6,467 yards)

Course Handicap: 13 (11.6 index)

Stats: 85 (44-41); 32 putts; 4/14 fairways; 2/18 greens; 2 penalty strokes

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The short 9th

The Course

Well it only took 8 years of legal battles, but The Crossings at Carlsbad in Carlsbad, California finally opened in 2007. Thanks to fights with environmentalist groups, the designers had to route 5 miles of cart path up, under, down and over the acres of nature preserve that line the golf course. The drive between holes 11 and 12 alone is nearly a mile on its own. The place is named the “Crossings” after the 5 bridges that are scattered about the area, doing their best to avoid disturbing the wetlands, brush and bird habitats that make up the immediate scenery. Even after all the concessions given to the hippies (who probably still aren’t satisfied with the deal, God forbid if just one field mouse gets uprooted…), the city of Carlsbad still put together one fun golf course. All you have to do is drive one street past Legoland for a roller coaster ride crazier than any attraction at the Land of 10,000,000 Blocks. The decision is worth it. Especially because instead of the obese families littering Burger King wrappers, screaming children covered in melted chocolate ice cream and lines for Fun Town, you get a calm atmosphere, views of the Pacific Ocean on the horizon, an ornate clubhouse and a brisk pace of play. Continue reading The Crossings at Carlsbad