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3.3
1009 Reviews (1009)
5 Stars
138
4 Stars
408
3 Stars
246
2 Stars
137
1 Stars
80
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.3
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.4
66.6%
Recommend this course
706 out of 1009 reviews
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3.1
116 Reviews (116)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
45
3 Stars
30
2 Stars
18
1 Stars
14
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.2
Layout
3.9
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.2
62.1%
Recommend this course
72 out of 116 reviews
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3.3
229 Reviews (229)
5 Stars
33
4 Stars
90
3 Stars
51
2 Stars
27
1 Stars
28
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.4
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.2
66.4%
Recommend this course
152 out of 229 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort/Public
Par 72
Length 7304 yards
Slope 142
Rating 75.1
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Carlton Oaks Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1958
Golf Season Year round
Architect William W. Mast (1958) Perry Dye (1989)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Lodging

Lodging Available

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Reviews

3.3
1009 Reviews (1009)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 36
Watching the Game 20
Patio Dining 19
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 52
Water Hazards 51
Undulating Greens 40
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 44
Locals 34
Walkers 23
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 37
In the 'Burbs 34
Worth the Drive 25

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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course needs work.

This can be a very challenging course regardless of course conditions. However, this course is in poor condition. The only lush parts of the course are the tee boxes. The best way to describe the fairways is "mown dry prairie". The bunkers and traps are very firm, like clay with a 1/4 inch of sand (or less) on top.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
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Commented on 01/18/2022

Hello icepir8, thank you for taking the time to review us, and for the 3 stars. We're sorry to hear the course may not have been in the best shape on the day of your round. We appreciate your feedback as we work to make any necessary improvements. Thank you for choosing to golf with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon at Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club.

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Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor conditions.

This course just keeps getting worse. The price is too high for rotten condition. The fairways play like mud bunkers and watery rough. Just sad, used to be a great course.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 01/18/2022

Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve and are working diligently to improve the course. Thank you for playing and we hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course is a great layout, bit it is very difficult which makes it play slow. The condition at this time era not so good. To much frost damage.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 01/12/2022

Uh… I don’t think they get frost damage in Escondido. And, if you’ve ever seen true frost damage, you would know it never damages the ENTIRE course.

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Commented on 01/11/2022

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the team. Thanks for visiting Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 01/10/2022

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We see you rated the course 1 star and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take single-star feedback very seriously at our course. You are welcome to comment further or reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thanks for choosing Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club.

Played On
Reviews 2
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Don’t spend the money right now on this course

Don’t spend the money right now on this course. The course is in terrible shape. Very little grass on the fairways tons of ground under repair. Should be discounted given the conditions

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 01/11/2022

Hi, aidan2002. Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the course is important to us. We are working to get everything up to par. We have projects ongoing to recover the fairways and greens. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements before your next game, and we will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

The course layout is confusing and fairways are in absolutely terrible condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
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Commented on 01/11/2022

Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve and are working diligently to improve the course. Thank you for playing and we hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Slow and not well kept

Pace of play was 5hours plus and condition was mediocre

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 01/11/2022

Hello. Thank you for reviewing the course. We apologize for the delay of play during your round. This is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We work hard to accommodate everyone who visits our course and to best control pace allowing everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time. We will continue to look for ways to improve, and we are glad to see you rated the course conditions to be great during your game. Thank you for playing Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

One for your “don’t play” list

This course has potential, but is the second-worst conditioned course I’ve played. It has been VERY sadly neglected. Greens are not too bad, but the rest of the course is TERRIBLE! Hardly ANY grass in the fairways or rough — hard to even tell which is which. Sand traps are terrible - like hitting off a range mat. LOTS of damage from borrowing animals, lots of leaves lying around — just generally UNKEMPT and NEGLECTED. Make note that your online booking does NOT include a cart, so add another $15 to the overpricing. In its current condition, this is a $35 course — not a $65 +.

Pace of play was SLOW.! We quit after 15 holes, because we were already over four hours and looking at a 4:45+ round — absolutely ridiculous on this course.

To leave at least one positive - staff that we had contact with were friendly and welcoming.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 01/12/2022

Thank you for taking the time to review and leave your feedback of your recent round with us. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience you experienced at the course with us. Your feedback is extremely important to us. It is always our utmost goal to provide our golfers with a fun and enjoyable time and apologize if we missed the mark. For further resolution in this matter, please feel free to reach out to our staff in the pro shop. We hope to hear from you soon!

Played On
Reviews 8
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 01/10/2022

Thank you for visiting us at Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Eh

Staff was very friendly. Course is in rough shape. Pace of play was extremely slow . Could have been just one of those days

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented on 01/13/2022

Hi, u314162430676! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back at Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club!

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/10/2022

Thank you for visiting us at Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 01/10/2022

We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We would love to know how we can earn those last two stars next time! Thanks for playing Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club.

Played On
Reviews 110
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Pace of play

It is horrible to have to wait on every hole . It is worse when you can see two open holes in front of the group in front of you.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented on 01/10/2022

We apologize for the pace of play issue you experienced. We always try to keep a great pace when having our golfers on the course. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback as we will use your review to better the experience going forward. We hope you give us another try in the near future!

Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Walked
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 01/10/2022

Thank you for visiting us at Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wow

Just a shame to see a course that was in the top 5 of san diego to becime a dirt pit

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 01/11/2022

Hi, u000001196701. Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the course is important to us. We are working to get everything up to par. We have projects ongoing to recover the fairways and greens. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements before your next game, and we will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Carlton Oaks is on the don’t play list

I played this course with my nephew and his friend and was very disappointed. My first clue was the driving range no maintenance has been done in years. The range was totally bare, the golf balls and mats we're in terrible condition. And believe it or not it went downhill from there; bare fairways and tee boxes with no grass insight, no sand in the bunkers just to name a few of the issues we experienced. In my opinion this golf course has had any overall maintenance on the course for years other than cutting the greens once so ever.

The best thing about this round was the cart girl. She was extremely nice and pleasant. The staff in the restaurant were nice as well. However, do not believe any other reviews on this site or any other site about this golf course Carlton Oaks is on the don’t play list. It's truly not worth the money.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 12/27/2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the team. Thanks for visiting Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0

Temper your expectations.

The design & layout of this course is awesome. If you are expecting perfect manicured everything you won’t get it here as it is due for a tear down or something. But if you can get over yourself and play golf, excepting the challenges of the design coupled with lack of maintenance you can have a good time here. It is a very challenging course(Dye designed) and a good value. The greens are always in great shape too. If this place were maintained it would be top 5 in the county. Worth playing.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 01/03/2022

Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back at Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club!

Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 12/13/2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We see you rated the course 1 star and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take single-star feedback very seriously at our course. You are welcome to comment further or reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thanks for choosing Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

great layout nice cond great price the employees in the clubhouse are excellent friendly and probably underpayed

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 12/09/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club!

Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Commented on 12/06/2021

We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We would love to know how we can earn those last two stars next time! Thanks for playing Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club.

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