Edit ModuleShow Tags

Golf: The Santaluz Club

18 Holes with Tina Mickelson


Published:

Tina Mickelson

The Santaluz Club

8170 Caminito Santaluz East
San Diego
858-759-3131

Yardages range from 7,112 from the back tees to 5,173 from the
forward tees.

The Santaluz Club is a private golf club near the Carmel Valley area, but residents and locals know the area simply as Santaluz. (Full disclosure: Santaluz is my home club, but even if it weren’t, it’s still worth a look.) The golf course opened for play in 2002 and the idea was to create a “family of golfers” instead of merely filling a membership quota. As a result, a round of golf involves more than just playing a great course. It’s a major hang session with close friends.

The course blends with its natural surroundings and features elevated tee boxes, undulating greens, 87 challenging bunkers, and soft ocean breezes. And in terms of sustainability, Santaluz is staying ahead of the curve. The Bermuda grass on the tee boxes and in the fairways is drought-tolerant, reclaimed water is used on the golf course, and the soil is constantly probed to ensure the grass is getting only as much water as it needs. It’s also one of a few courses in San Diego to have pure Bent Grass greens that are mown and rolled every day. The Poa Annua grass is kept at bay by plucking it out of each green once a month.

This little pocket of perfection also has its very own microclimate. The golf course has seen only one day of frost in 12 years. There is also a Chef’s Garden and recently added vineyard, which will bottle its own wine.

There’s just one problem with this sanctuary: Once you’re inside the gates, it’s very tough to leave.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Trail of the Month: Oak Canyon Trail

The 2.6-mile trek has views of the Old Mission Dam, wildflowers, and rock formations

Win a Luxury Hotel Stay in Puerto Vallarta

Soak up the sun during a three night stay at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa

Where to Run in San Diego in February

This month's top 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons, and more
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. San Diego Magazine's Travel Awards 2019
    Cast your vote now for your favorite hotels, travel companies, and attractions
  2. Best Restaurants in San Diego: 2018
    San Diego's top restaurant owners, chefs, and bartenders name their favorite San Diego restaurants of 2018.
  3. Winter is Waiting in Montana’s Yellowstone Country
    Win a trip for two that includes roundtrip airfare from Long Beach and a stay at the Element by Westin in Bozeman, Montana
  4. The Best Soup Dumplings in San Diego
    My hunt for the best xiao long bao in the city unearthed two surprising winners
  5. Behind the Brands 2019
  6. First Look: Realm of 52 Remedies
    Wildly imaginative speakeasy cements the arrival of design to San Diego’s Asian food haven
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Puesto's Next Top Taco

Submit your best taco recipe for the chance to win a grand prize

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Sony Consumer Electronics Innovator Builds a Future Where Robotics and Connected Devices Prevail

Robust music and pictures ecosystem bring bespoke experience to TV and audio

Live the Dream with the Dream House Raffle

A multimillion-dollar dream home, fabulous trips, luxury cars, and more could be yours
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags