Industry News

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa named among 'Best Resorts in The Americas' and 'Best Golf Schools and Academies' in Golf Digest’s 2021 Editors' Choice Awards

A.J. Avoli also named to Golf Digest’s 'Best Young Teachers' list for the fifth time

Carlsbad, Calif. – The accolades continue to pour in for Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Southern California’s premier golf and luxury resort and newly-named host site for the 2024, 2025 and 2026 Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships. The famed resort received two prestigious Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Awards for 2021, being named among the “Best Resorts in the Americas” and the “Best Golf Schools and Academies.”

Launched in 2016, the Editors’ Choice Awards honors the best of the best in the golf industry ranging from golf courses and resorts to products and services. We all want to play the greatest courses and stay in the most luxurious hotels and inns, and when our thoughts drift to where we might travel, we often settle on the legendary destinations with names that are synonymous with the game… Our Editors' Choice awards are intended to get readers to dream big,” reads the Golf Digest article that also awarded Omni La Costa in its esteemed “Best Golf Schools and Academies” category.


Touched by fresh ocean breezes and set within a captivating 400-acre Spanish Mission-style village, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, is home to 36 holes of award-winning golf on the Champions and Legends Courses along with a host of luxurious recreation and leisure amenities.

“It is an honor to have the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Best Resorts in the Americas along with other acclaimed Omni golf resorts,” said Peter Strebel, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. “The experience at Omni La Costa grows richer with the passing of time and many exciting days are ahead. It’s always gratifying when the industry feels as strongly as we do about this cherished resort.”

Complementing the world-class golf at Omni La Costa, the highly-acclaimed Golf Performance Institute is a 2021 Golf Digest Editors’ Choice “Best Golf Schools and Academies” winner. Offering Southern California's most comprehensive game improvement and fitness program, including private lessons and golf clinics with Golf Digest “Best Young Teacher” A.J. Avoli, who is trained on state-of-the-art technology, like the RoboGolfPro®, which precisely tracks your swing in order to identify necessary adjustments. The resort’s new partnership with Ryan Faust from Fausty Golf focuses on improving swing speed through unique training methods. Omni La Costa is also home to the acclaimed Dave Pelz Scoring Game School. The Golf Performance Institute is also home to a True Spec master club fitting location.

thumbnail_LaCostaGolfAcademy-AJImage 2.jpg

A photo of Avoli, who returned to the “Best Young Teachers” list for the fifth time earlier this year, working with a student graces the Editors’ Choice article. “There are a lot of great, talented teachers on that list and I'm happy to be considered as one of the top instructors in the country by Golf Digest,” Avoli said.

Late last year, it was announced that Omni La Costa Resort & Spa will be the host site for the 2024, 2025 and 2026 Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships. Play will be conducted on the resort’s famed Champions Course following a planned 2022 renovation by acclaimed golf course architect Gil Hanse. The Men’s and Women’s Championships will be contested over consecutive weeks starting in 2024, the first year each culminating national championship will be played in combination at a “truly neutral” site. Plans for Hanse’s bold reimagining of the Champions Course will be revealed in the coming months leading up to the project.

Omni La Costa boasts a full history of stars and professional golf events. In 1965, shortly after La Costa opened, the original Dick Wilson designed course hosted the made-for-TV CBS Golf Classic. The PGA TOUR’s Tournament of Champions (later called the Mercedes Championship and the Sentry Tournament of Champions) was hosted from 1969 until 1998 with a parade of Hall of Famers, including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods further cementing their winning legacies at Omni La Costa. In 1999, the WGC Andersen Consulting World Match Play Championship was played on the original course layout.

For more information, visit

About Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
An escape from the everyday, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa was originally created as a playground for celebrities and athletes with every amenity imaginable and is now the perfect destination for all types of travel – from romantic getaways to wellness retreats to treasured family vacations, group meetings and special events. The Spanish Mission-style property boasts more than 600 guest rooms, suites and villas, 110,000 square feet of meeting and event space, an Athletic Club, and eight sparking pools including an adults-only pool and exhilarating waterslides.

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, a GOLF Magazine Top-100 Resort in North America and Golf Digest Editors’ Choice among Best Golf Resorts in California features two iconic golf courses, Champions and Legends. Complementing the world-class golf is the highly-acclaimed Golf Performance Institute, offering Southern California's most comprehensive game improvement program. The 43,000-square-foot Spa at La Costa includes a private pool, waterfall showers, café and therapeutic reflexology path. Acclaimed restaurants - Bob's Steak & Chop House and Bar Traza - present an updated take on local cuisine. For more information, call (800) 854-5000 or visit

Media Contacts:
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
Michelle Zwirek
Director of Sales and Marketing

Melissa Liebengood
Director of Marketing
(858) 922-2720 direct

Kevin Frisch PR
Carl Mickelson 
(512) 797-2673

Kevin Frisch
(989) 614-0241