9200 Inwood Drive, Santee, California 92071, US
(619) 448-4242
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About Carlton Oaks Lodge, Ascend Hotel Collection

Carlton Oaks has a long history of tournament golf. Curtis Strange won the 1974 NCAA Championships on the course before Perry Dye redesigned the layout and stretched it to 7,400 yards in the 1980s. The Carlton Oaks Lodge, Ascend Hotel Collection, offers 51 modernized, Asian-inspired rooms just steps from the clubhouse, its Oaks Bar & Grill and the outdoor pool and jacuzzi. 

Facts

Price Range$$
Property Class★★★
Acres168
Year Opened1958
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities & Services

RestaurantsCasual
Room TypesRoom
Practice FacilityYes
Banquet SpaceYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Carlton Oaks Lodge, Ascend Hotel Collection

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Conditions Fair
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Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
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1.0
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Horrible Pace of Play

I played here on a weekday afternoon. The pace of play was ridiculously slow. It took over 3 hours to play the front nine. The course itself is in pretty bad shape with a lot of flood damage from the recent rains.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 56
3.0
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Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

carlton oaks

After heavy rains, the week before, greens and tee boxes were nice, no sand in bunkers. Fairways were poor, difficult to find a grass lie. No snackbar on Mon. Save your money.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 57
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 4
3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 01/13/2023

Hello, u314162447303. We appreciate the review. You rated us 3-stars which means there is room to improve on your recent experience at Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club. Let us know, in the comments, how and where you would like to see changes from the course. Thanks for the feedback!

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Reviews 34
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Good Shape

With every course, I start with the greens. They were rolling well, but a tad slow for my liking…9.5 maybe.

The bunkers are a little better. Can somewhat play out of them. I understand the course is going to get a complete redesign and probably why a lots not going into the course at this time.

Overall, we play here 3 times a month, so come out and enjoy.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 01/13/2023

Hello, Paul3622660. 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.

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Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 01/13/2023

Hi, justin1221. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club.

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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/13/2023

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!

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1.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 52
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing

Late tee time

As we booked the tee time for 1:24 we didn’t expect a full round. We got 14 holes in at the end of the day.
The layout was challenging but very doable for the average golfer. Lots of dry spots with no grass on the fairway but you definitely got the roll. Being from WA state we would rather have the latter.
Greens were damp so they weren’t super fast. The downhill putts weren’t do or die.
Pro shop gets high ratings for friendliness and service.
Range there so we could warm up was important

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 01/13/2023

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us, joeangel321. 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.

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Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

So slow

Please space out the start times, people are playing slow on having start time every 8-9 minutes isn’t working.

High rates for sub par course conditions on top of the slowest pace at any course I’ve played in San Diego is awful.

Used to be a great course with normal rates and good pace

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/13/2023

Hi, tnelson8. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Carlton Oaks Lodge & Country Club.

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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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Previously Played

This is a dog park.

Absolutely the worst condition course i have very seen.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 57
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/13/2023

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 2
1.0
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bunkers need lots of work

The bunkers and traps are terrible. They haven't been maintained. They are hard packed - might just as well be hitting off the cart path.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 01/13/2023

Hello, icepir82010. 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
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Greens - Fairways OK

The greens were in great shape as well as the tee boxes. The grass was a bit sparse and really short on the majority of the fairways. But the pace of play was excellent and the course layout is beautiful.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Needs a lot of maintenance

Pace of play was glacial. Saw the "ambassador" once the whole time. Fairways are like hitting off concrete. Only bright spot was the drink cart.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Horrible!!!

Good layout, but horrible conditions, bare dirt everywhere, long grass on tees, greens very sketchy, ranger was worthless at moving people along.

Golf carts are awesome, best part of the experience.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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