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Visit Carlsbad: The golfing gateway to Southern California

Top travel destination promotes courses and resorts as a leading golf destination

Carlsbad, CAVisit Carlsbad, the destination marketing organization for the Pacific Coast town of Carlsbad, California, invites golfers from across the country to experience the area’s top golf resorts, golf courses, and leading hotel properties as the organization further promotes the sunny region as one of America’s top golf destinations.

Carlsbad is home to top golf resort destinations Omni La Costa Resort & Spa and Park Hyatt Aviara, along with The Crossings at Carlsbad. The oceanfront town showcases world-class golf, luxury resort destinations, world class culture and cuisine, and some of the finest year-round weather anywhere. Golf Digest already recognizes Carlsbad among its “23 best summertime buddies trip golf destinations.”

“When you combine the world-class golf at La Costa, Aviara, and The Crossings, together with our resort destinations and over 5,000 hotel rooms, wonderful attractions, restaurants, breweries, beaches, outdoor activities, and great weather, why wouldn’t you want to put this on your bucket list of golf destinations?” said Mark Rudyk, Vice President Marketing & Communications of Visit Carlsbad. “We are very excited to promote our great golf partners and create more awareness about our golf product and attract even more golfers to this beautiful oceanside golf destination.”


Carlsbad features a rich golf history
Originally developed as an amenity-driven playground for well-heeled celebrities and athletes, OMNI La Costa Resort & Spa has a warm, relaxing vibe that charms you from the moment you step onto the property. You can feel the rich history, which dates to the early 1960s, echoing through its grounds.

By the mid-1960s, La Costa had become the go-to spot for Hollywood’s elite. The golf course received international praise and was routinely played by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bob Hope. In the early 1970s, renowned Pancho Segura was the resident tennis pro and La Costa became the tennis epicenter with Charlton Heston, Johnny Carson and Desi Arnaz exchanging rallies during their visits.

The crown jewel of La Costa, The Spa, was a refuge for some of the world’s most powerful people, including Richard Nixon, Jackie Kennedy and Chief Justice Earl Warren. La Costa had quickly established itself as the top destination for Hollywood stars who wanted to experience “The La Costa Lifestyle.” Omni La Costa is home to 36 holes of historic championship golf on its Champions and Legends Courses, having hosted the PGA TOUR’s Tournament of Champions from 1969 – 1989.

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Aviara plays host to the LPGA
The Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club and Spa is a premier luxury resort featuring the region’s only Arnold Palmer-designed golf course. Since 2013, the resort and golf club has played host to the LPGA JTBC Classic. The resort spreads across 200 acres and features a stunning sophisticated Spanish colonial-style hotel. The luxe getaway recently underwent a major $50 million transformation that included new dining concepts, reimagined rooms, pool areas, and fresh stunning ocean views from the new lobby. Golf Digest has named the resort among its “33 most female-friendly golf trip destinations.”

Opened in 1991, the highly acclaimed Palmer design overlooks the beautiful Batiquitos Lagoon, a three-mile stretch of inland water ranked among the finest private wilderness preserves in the country. With its scenic setting, the course layout boasts undulating greens and wide fairways that meander through the coastal hills with dramatic vegetation scenic rock outcroppings, and cascading waterfalls and streams.

The Crossings at Carlsbad, located just one mile from the Pacific Ocean, was designed by Greg Nash. The popular municipal course is regarded as one of the best in Southern California. With the Pacific to the west and the southern California Peninsular Mountain Ranges to the east, the course’s scenery is truly jaw-dropping. Named for the five bridges golfers cross over canyons during the round, the course will take you across rugged terrain and through canyons and wetlands accentuated with sagebrush and native flora. The course also sits adjacent to the luxury Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, a convenient spot for golfers to stay and play.

Complementing Carlsbad’s championship golf experiences is the fun local establishment Rancho Carlsbad Golf Club. Located two miles inland, the 2,056-yard, par-54 18-hole short course is an ideal place to hone your short game or settle the day’s buddy trip bets in a relaxing atmosphere.

Along with the Park Hyatt Aviara and La Costa golf resorts, Carlsbad features other sensational resort destinations like Cape Ray, Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa, nestled on the coast and just steps from the Pacific Ocean. Hilton also operates the beautiful Cassara Carlsbad that also overlooks the ocean. The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Aviara Residence Club, and Sheraton Carlsbad are also perfect spots for golfers to base themselves when playing the areas world-class golf. If resorts are not your vibe, make sure to check the variety of hotels in the area for stay and play packages.

Golf Equipment Capital
Carlsbad is also known as the golf equipment capital of the world, playing home to most of the top club manufacturers like Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, Cobra and Honma, among other golf brands. Golf aficionados and club geeks who visit the area can also experience the best in custom club fitting through some of the game’s top performance centers like the Titleist Performance Institute, Ely Callaway Performance Center, TaylorMade Kingdom and Scotty Cameron Putting Studio.

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About Visit Carlsbad
Located just 25 minutes north of San Diego, Carlsbad is a luxury resort beach town in Southern California. The city, which offers the charm of a quaint European town, earned its name from a pioneer speculator named Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad) from the Czech Republic, who dug a local well in 1883 discovering mineral water believed to restore health attracting visitors from all over the world. The epitome of coastal, casual Southern California elegance, the destination features two-world class golf resort destinations, four championship golf courses, more than 5,000 rooms, as well as boundless ocean experiences along seven miles of golden coast.

The area, boasting America’s finest year-round weather, offers unforgettable experiences in the sun and sand, at world-class spas and wellness retreats, vibrant flower fields, a bustling craft beer and culinary scene, unique destinations, such as LEGOLAND® California and SEA LIFE Aquarium, as well as a charming downtown village. The Carlsbad experience empowers travelers to embrace the Southern California lifestyle and leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Visit the official website, for complete destination information.

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