The Grand Golf Club - 18
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The Grand Golf Club - 18
Designed by Tom Fazio, The Grand Golf Club takes up 350 acres at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, ranked among the best resorts in California. Courtesy of Fairmont
The Grand Golf Club - 1
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The Grand Golf Club - 1
The Grand Golf Club starts off with a short par 4 with a generous fairway. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
The Grand Golf Club - 3
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The Grand Golf Club - 3
The third hole at The Grand Golf Club in San Diego is a reachable par 5. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
The Grand Golf Club - 4th hole
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The Grand Golf Club - 4th hole
One of the most difficult holes at The Grand Golf Club is the 480-yard, par-4 fourth. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
The Grand Golf Club - 6
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The Grand Golf Club - 6
The first par 3 at The Grand Golf Club is the 172-yard sixth. Mike Bailey/Golf Advsisor
The Grand Golf Club - 7
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The Grand Golf Club - 7
No. 7 at The Grand Golf Club is another relatively short par 5 and a good birdie opportunity. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
The Grand Golf Club - 9
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The Grand Golf Club - 9
The front nine at The Grand Golf Club ends with a par 3. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
The Grand Golf Club - 12
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The Grand Golf Club - 12
The longest hole on The Grand Golf Club, the 12th at 600 yards, ends with an uphill approach. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
The Grand Golf Club - 14th
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The Grand Golf Club - 14th
The 14th at The Grand Golf Club is short -- just 360 yards from the tips -- but it plays uphill. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
The Grand Golf Club - 15
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The Grand Golf Club - 15
One of the highest points at The Grand Golf Club is on the tee of the par-4 15th. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
The Grand Golf Club - 17
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The Grand Golf Club - 17
The 17th is undoubtedly The Grand Golf Club's signature par 3 and from the tips at 242 yards, perhaps the hardest hole on the golf course. Courtesy of The Fairmont
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The Grand Golf Club in San Diego is worthy of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort

SAN DIEGO -- Designed by Tom Fazio, The Grand Golf Club takes up 350 acres of the 400-acre Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort in northern San Diego, just off the Pacific near other top resorts such as Torrey Pines and La Costa.

The golf course measures 7,160 yards from the longest of six sets of tees. The course, which is rarely crowded, features holes that seem independent of each other. Fazio used his signature bunkering to frame holes and protect greens, many of which have quite a bit of undulation, making three-putts possible throughout the course.

The Grand Golf Club's par 3s are particularly strong, offering a great variety and one of the toughest holes on the course in the par-3 17th, which can play as long as 242 yards over water.

The course ends with a par 4 that plays around and over a stream to a green graced by waterfalls.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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The Grand Golf Club in San Diego is worthy of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort