Aviara Golf Resort One Of San Diego Favorite Golf Places

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Settled in the lap of Batiquitos Lagoon while providing focus to the AAA Five Diamond Park Hyatt Resort in Carlsbad, the Aviara Golf Club celebrates its first 20 years after stacking up accolades from Conde Nast Traveler, Golf Digest and Golf Magazine – among others. As the only Arnold Palmer designed course in Southern California, it is considered the number one 18-hole golf resort in the region with a 72 par layout over an expansive 7,007 yards of stunningly sculpted greens and fairways.


Serving San Diego County since 1991, the course offers breadth and depth of challenge for diverse golfing capabilities from novice to master. Aviara unfurls itself in this natural setting complete with rolling Pacific panoramas, lush water features, overlarge greens surrounded by muscled undulations, and a nearly three mile subtle elevation differentiation from 100 feet above sea level to 290 feet by the 17th hole; this makes the course, not just a sporting challenge, but progressively visually interesting to play as well. After opening in 1991 and undergoing a refurbishment in 2008, the Aviara Golf Club has come of age. With 200 bird species, exceedingly diverse, and ample vegetation that supports the wildlife home to the 600-acre Batiquitos Lagoon and Ecological Reserve, the greens and fairways unfold the surrounding beauty that is Southern California at its best.

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For the past 20 years, Rick Ransburg, recreation director for Aviara Golf Club, has shepherded this territory into mature course one navigates today. Originally “there was nothing here,” he says, adding “we took the Lagoon back in time and restored it.” What golfers now enjoy is astonishing and responsive integration of a well-managed golf course nestled in wetlands designed to co-exist with nature and mankind equally.


But what about golf? Aviara sets itself apart from other courses, as it extends “high shot values, well cared for grounds, along with its environmental experience,” notes Ransburg. “Indeed, there's richness about this course both ‘upscale yet unassuming’. The Arnold Palmer design has ensured sophisticated routing, quality shaping while netting a reliably protected surface facilitating a golfers’ performance. ‘Rub of the green’ is well preserved, [as] nearly half of golf is played on greens.

Aviara Golf Resort Panoramic ViewHe continues with “the surface has to perform” and the staff’s focus on delivering impeccable quality and value is evidence here. It quickly becomes clear that duty to provide consistency is incomparable and equals the Park Hyatt’s other resort offerings. Additional golf facilities include a driving range, GPS-guided golf carts, a ‘top 25 golf school’ under the leadership of Kip Puterbaugh’s Aviara Golf Academy – the longest running golf school in the western U.S, conducting one, two and three-day golf instruction focusing on razor sharp technology.

Further, the Academy offers a TaylorMade Performance Lab previously only made available to PGA professionals. Two-hour session utilizes MOT (motion assisted technology) which integrates nine cameras, custom-fitting a golfer with drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putter fittings delivered within 24 hours. The Academy also offers private lessons beginning in half-hour increments.

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As part of Aviara’s 20th Anniversary celebration, they offer “The A Club” – Advantage Play Program. A modest $1,500 initiation fee, “The A Club” provides an opportunity to: entertain clients, friends, and family with discounted benefits of $130-$145 greens fee for you and up to seven guests; same day replay rate of $75 per person; complimentary half day consultation at the Golf Academy; access to GHIN Handicap; practice facilities; 10 percent discount at Argyle Steakhouse and retail merchandise; and a 20 percent discount on spa treatments.

Finally, after taking advantage of all that “The A Club” 20th Anniversary promotion has to offer, one can enjoy Aviara’s Clubhouse with its 32,000 square feet of elegance overlooking the lagoon.  Late in the day, the view exposes a panorama of backlit bluffs, a glistening Pacific wake, along with native and international floral species as one dines at Argyle. It soon becomes clear on why Ransburg describes Aviara golf course as “one of my favorite places on earth.” 

For more information visit: golfaviara.com