A Perfect Blend of Nature and Golf

The Crossings at Carlsbad utilizes the natural beauty while providing a challenging golf course that will keep players coming back for more

Settled in the heart of Northern San Diego County, The Crossings at Carlsbad is a nationally recognized, award-winning golf course known for its’ remarkable scenery and perfect weather.

Named for the five bridges – or crossings – that were designed into the course to meet existing environmental and topographic conditions, The Crossings at Carlsbad is nestled among more than 1,000 acres of coastal terrain and natural habitat. Connected to Carlsbad’s extensive trail system, the course is home to wetlands, sage brush and other plant, animal and bird life.

Designed by Greg Nash, The Crossings at Carlsbad was developed and is owned by the City of Carlsbad. Managed by KemperSports, the facility was Voted by Golf Magazine as one of the “Top 10 New Courses You Can Play” and selected to host the 2011 U.S. Putting Tour Championship.

Nash’s design enables players to experience the picturesque beauty of Carlsbad from the many vantage points on the golf course, which is surrounded by rolling hills and offers frequent ocean views.

The Crossings rests at 6,835 yards from the back tees and starts at 5,300 from the forward tees. Golfers choose from five separate teeing areas, each influencing yardage and degree of difficulty, making The Crossings enjoyable for players of all skill levels.

The opening hole sets the mood with a view of the Pacific Ocean from the raised tee location. Golfers need to place their drive over a short arroyo, but this dogleg left par 4, 447-yard hole plays slightly downhill to an open fairway. A good tee shot will set up a simple approach to an oversized green, making it an excellent starting hole.

Players make their first crossing to get to No. 2, a short uphill par four featuring one of the course’s two ponds. The third hole utilizes a unique two-tier fairway with a pair of bunkers splitting the middle of the par 4. The first par 3 at No. 4 features tees ranging from 148 to 222 yards, and has a knoll in the middle of the green that can kick a shot either left or right.

A monstrous 572-yard par 5 awaits at No. 5. The prevailing wind is at your back, but for most players, it’s still a three-shot hole. The sixth hole has a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean but don’t get distracted by the scenery on this long, 458-yard par 4.

The seventh is often considered The Crossings at Carlsbad’s signature hole. At 556 yards from the tips, No. 7 is a player favorite which features elevated tees, extensive bunkering and a 30-foot waterfall … and a good chance for birdie on the part 5. While putting on the multi-tiered green, take a moment and enjoy the immense field of color adjacent to the lake and waterfall.

The eighth hole presents a short par 4, but it is uphill and the arroyo guards any thoughts of trying to get to the green off the tee. The ninth hole is a short par 3, but plays uphill and has bunkers guarding the green.

The tenth, a downhill par 4 at 339 yards with a narrow fairway, is a great start to the back nine. The 11th hole features an elevation change of 100 feet from the tee to landing area, but a generous fairway ensures a second shot at the pin on the 402-yard par 4.

One of the hardest holes on the course is No. 12, a 447-yard par 4 with a 7,000 square-foot green. The par 4 13th hole has seven fairway bunkers, placing a premium on the tee shot.

Traveling over the third of five crossings brings you to No. 14, a short par 3. Though short on yardage, it’s long on hazards and the undulating green makes birdie that much harder.

Two consecutive par 5s await and both require accuracy off the tee. No. 15 features a ravine that can capture long hitter’s drives, while No. 16 has the greatest elevation change.

Golfers get another hefty challenge on the 191-yard par 3, No. 17. Local knowledge dictates playing a shot down the left side and benefiting from the terrain that feeds the ball towards the green.

The finishing hole is definitely the most demanding on the course. The prevailing wind is in the golfer’s face at No. 18, and at 407 yards, par is a great score.

After the round, golfers can relax in the 28,000 square foot craftsman style clubhouse that includes a golf shop, a players’ lounge, and an extensive patio. In addition, the clubhouse features The Canyons Restaurant, chosen as the “No. 1 Public Food and Dining Facility at a Golf Course” by Golf World Magazine.

The restaurant and patio both overlook the wedding lawn with extended views of the Pacific Ocean. With its unique culinary flair, floor to ceiling windows, multiple patios, and two private dining rooms, The Crossings at Carlsbad offers a multitude of options for any event.

Green fees at the course are $95 Monday through Thursday, $99 on Friday and Sunday and $110 on Saturday, with discounts for San Diego and Carlsbad residents. The Crossings also has specials as well as stay and play packages. For more information, call 760-444-1800 or visit www.thecrossingsatcarlsbad.com.

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