5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, California 92067, US
(858) 756-1123
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About Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

The Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, inspired by a Spanish colonial hacienda, indulges guests with 49 private casitas with private patios and fireplaces. The Forbes five-star resort and spa aims to rejuvenate with wellness, fitness and pampering. Two signature restaurants, Veladora and The Pony Room, serve distinctive Coastal Ranch cuisines. Tennis is onsite, while the resort has relationships for special discounts for playing golf at Torrey Pines, Aviara and two local private clubs, The Farms Golf Club and Del Mar Country Club.

Facts

Price Range$$$$
Property Class★★★★★
Acres45
Year Opened1989
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Casual
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?Yes

Golf courses at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

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Reviews

3.6
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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played

Torrey Pines North - My First Choice

I love playing at Torrey Pines, and the North Course is always my first choice. Although so much history has occurred on the South, it is celebrated as soon as you walk in from the parking lot.

It’s such a special place, with its ocean views, broad canyons, and the occasional snakes or coyotes.

The course is kept in great condition, and I play there any time I can.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Awesome views!

This is my first time playing here and it's a great course with some awesome views. The pace of play was a little so next time I would definitely walk. Pretty flat course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Save your money

They have been working on these two courses for the last 10 years. RARELY will you find either one in decent shape unless it's PGA tournament time then they poor a million gallons of water on it to make it look good. Our last 2 Greens keepers are atrocious. Dirt patches everywhere. Punch greens and it takes a month to recover. Fairways are normally lousy and traps are normally hard pan. The locals have been screwed. They spend millions and nothing gets done to make the place playable 8 months out of the year. RARELY do I get a positive feedback from a tourist I'm playing with.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Outstanding course and breathtaking views

Recently Played the Torrey pines north course with my dad I’ve never had a golf course exceed my expectations but this course definitely did Tom Weiskopf did an outstanding job on the redesign and the views over the rocky cliffs of La Jolla and the Pacific Ocean were unparalleled the course itself is relatively forgiving but still packs a punch especially when you get around and on the greens staff was to say the least were snobby and not very accommodating to be honest but I highly recommend playing this golf course especially if you get to play it in the afternoon around sunset the views are the best then if you want a fast round play early in the morning if you play in the afternoon prepare for a 4 and a half to 5 hour round but everything considered this course Ian a must play if you’re in San Diego.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 48
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
California Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Spectacular golf course

It's unconscionable to be that anyone would give this course less than a 5 star rating. The facility is spectacular. The landscaping around this course is colorful and very beautiful. The course itself is very challenging - the greens are especially tough. Each hole presents a different challenge. I thought the first 3 holes were the easiest and then the back 15 are a real challenge.

Staff was very friendly. If I lived closer, I'd consider becoming a member here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Marc 10

Do not waste your money or time to play the South Course right now . If you are not able to get a tee time to play the North Course please go elsewhere . You will be very unhappy with your experience on the South Course . Between the construction on holes 15 & 16 and the general conditions of the course its a joke they are only giving you a discount of $ 20.00 . It should be half the fee right now . Please do your self a favor . Until the construction is completed avoid this golf course and find another place to play in San Diego . From what I have been told there are many in the area that will not charge the ridiculous prices that Torrey Pines does for green fees . They are living on a reputation that frankly is not even close to what it should be .

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Horrible!

When it was all said and done I spent $340. I have never played a course in worse condition. They told us 2 holes would be closed. They did not tell us we would be treated poorly by staff and play a course that was completely under construction. It's absolutely shameful and they should be embarrassed of their product!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

What a dump!

Torrey Pines should be embarrassed and ashamed of the way the course is. They told us ahead of time 2 holes would be closed but they did not say the rest of the course would be in shambles. Construction everywhere, dead grass roped off around half of the greens, and bathrooms closed. The worst part was the price.

$85 a piece to book in advance.
$232 green fee.
$20 ($20 discount per person usually $40 for old carts)

The staff was rude. They all seemed put out that we were there. Horrible experience. For a $300+ round I would have hoped for something positive, anything, and they found a way to mess that up.

TAKE THIS PILE OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST!!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

What a dump!

I take a client to a new course every year and this year was Torrey. They told us two holes would be closed but did not mention the course is in shambles. In fact I have NEVER played anywhere near that bad. They should be ashamed and embarrassed.

Here is the cost:

$85 per person to book a tee time in advance.
$232 per person green fee.
$20 per person cart fee. Old carts, no navigation,.

Complete ripoff! They do not care about anything except your money!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

On 18 in 2

Wonderful experience. San Diegans love their course, and when people heard we were going to Torrey the next day, we received copious advice. We were warned not to fly the greens as they were like trampolines. However, that is my game and I was able to hold the greens well. Besides the ocean side breathtaking views, my greatest thrill was getting on 18 in two strokes!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

North vs. South

Played both and preferred the North course even though everyone comes here to play the South.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 39
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Texas Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

As a non resident - you’re Paying for the views, not for the course...

Torrey Pines is an iconic golf course, and Those of us old enough might remember playing the south on the old LINKS pc game back in the 90s!

Played with a bunch of 12 buddies on a golf trip from various parts of the states so we did not qualify for the resident rates. The greens had been aerated and there were no discounts as a result.

My review then is tainted by what represents value for golf. We payed over $200 each to play the North course. I believe residents pay much less. For $200 you are better off playing Maderas twice and going for a hike in Torrey Pines reserve.

Of course, as a course itself it is a lovely layout. It’s very playable for golfers of all skill levels, as there aren’t many trees. The rough is thick but not unplayable. The front nine is pretty straight forward. We played on a lovely day so wind wasn’t so much of a factor that it might otherwise be.

I particularly like the back 9 with the views of the pacific. The 10th is a straight par five right at the pacific. Heaven forbid playing this into a strong breeze! The par 3 downhill 15th is iconic of course, and the uphill par 4 16th is a fabulous golf hole with arguably one of the prettiest vistas in golf. 17 is a charming par 5 that is makable in 2 as well.

In all honestly despite the majestic views of the pacific I was a little disappointed with the course having just played Steele Canyon and Maderas. Nothing to do with the aerated greens. The fairways were not as manicured as I thought they would be for a course that I paid $200 to play. Reminded me of a $40 muni. Having said that the ball sat up very nicely and was easy to hit when laying on the fairway.

We had a meal at the 19th hole bar. Nicely designed building with great food and craft beer was available at reasonable prices.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 305
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Great end to the trip

Brought a group of 12 buddies to San Diego and we finished up at Torrey Pines North. Playing the South never really crossed our minds given it's getting a lot of work done this summer and it's also way more difficult. There were some high handicappers in my group and I know they loved the more forgiving layout compared to Steele Canyon and Maderas.

The course is a lot of fun to play, especially the back nine, which kicks off with a great par 5 straight towards the ocean. I love the 16th hole too that plays up the hill along the coast. The course had been aerated about 10 days earlier so greens were running slower than previous rounds, and it's too bad they don't give any kind of price break for that, but hey it's a busy place that doesn't have a problem booking up. I booked our three times about 75 days in advance and it was already filling up.

We stuck around for drinks on the lodge patio. All in all a great cap to the weekend.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Very appealing

Underrated course in my opinion. Surprised me, particularly the back 9. It was really enjoyable

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Challenging - touch overrated perhaps?

Was super excited at the opportunity to play this course.

Customer experience prior to tee off was lacking. Particularly compared to the other San Diego courses I played, I feel there was no effort to customer.

Course is exactly as what you expect when you see this on tv. However, playing it I didn't get a buzz.

Very expensive as non resident too.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Aviara charm!!

A very fun and challenging course. Great condition overall. Really neat to play an LPGA tourney course. A little steep dollarwise.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course

The entire experience of Aviara is one that everyone should experience. The course, scenery, and beauty made the day one to remember.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Loved it

Great course in top condition. Staff were excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Play At Your Own Risk

I honestly have very mixed feeling when playing TP south. I hate their greens, their pace of play is horrendous, and their staff is rude, especially the valley girls that work at the halfway house or work the drink cart.

I prefer the north greens over the south, as I have a very hard time putting on poa grass. The south is more expensive for no reason other than it's the "Championship" course.... The north has much better views and hole layouts, in my opinion.

Something to note is that the city owns the golf course but a private company owns the lodge, carts, and concessions. Therefore, the private company can charge an arm and a leg for everything! Their carts are $40 per cart. So, if you're a single you will pay $40. If two random singles are paired together then one person has to pay $40 for the cart and get $20 from the random person they're paired with. Horrible system.

Overall, if you're a resident of SD and like to walk, TP south is a great course! If you're a nonresident and like to ride, then go to Maderas, Omni La Costa, or Aviara.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
3.0
First Time Playing

First time

It was a nice course with great ocean views, but unfortunately while we were there they had shut down a couple holes for US Open renovations. I’d love to play it again when it’s complete.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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