Encinitas Ranch Golf Course in San Diego is literally a dream come true. Its course designer, the renowned Cary Bickler, has in his youth dreamed of building a golf course in the rocky outcrops of Encinitas with an overlooking view of the Pacific Ocean. That was the time when he was but a budding golf course architect, starting on his career. 27 years later, he found himself creating the design for his dream golf vacation destination. And today, countless golfers are living the dream of playing in a course that has all the beautiful things other courses could only think of having.
The 18-hole, par-72 Encinitas Ranch Golf Course stretches to 6,812 yards from the longest tees on dramatic San Diego terrain. The challenge it offers is a combination of the course’s natural setting and Bickler’s genius. The course opens up fairly gently, with generous and forgiving fairways on the front nine but sets the challenge on crescendo beginning with the tenth hole. The back nine requires more accurate shots and better judgment on choice of steel to be gotten over with rather pleasantly. The two lakes that make an appearance on four holes and the interesting changes in elevation don’t make the course any easier. But golf vacations here are nowhere near being a nightmare.
The surrounding scenery – yes, including the stunning Pacific Ocean view, plus the 6,000 square foot, complete clubhouse make Encinitas Ranch Golf Course awesome from every angle. Every golf trip hereabouts is as good as a dream; only better because they are real.