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The Crossings at Carlsbad

5800 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad, California, 92008
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
(760) 444-1800
Architect: Greg Nash (45)
                      
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Detailed description of The Crossings at Carlsbad

The Crossings at Carlsbad is an 18 hole public golf course located in Carlsbad, California.

This course first opened for play in August, 2007. It was designed by Greg Nash.

With the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Southern California Peninsular Mountain Ranges in the distance to the east, this state-of-the-art, 18-hole championship municipal golf course and event facility offers visitors magnificent views and a natural environment.

Developed and owned by the City of Carlsbad, this public course is nestled among more than 1,000 acres of Carlsbad's coastal terrain and natural habitat. It's home to wetlands, sage brush and other plant, animal and bird life.

Named for the five bridges - or crossings - that were designed into the course to meet existing environmental and topographic conditions.

The course is a par 72. With 5 sets of tee boxes, it can accomodate all skill levels. The Black tees are set at 6,835 yards, Blue at 6,467, White at 6,020, Gold at 5,685 and Green paly to 5,030 yards.

This course has been reviewed 26 times
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Sierra Vista, AZ

Guest (cart included), played on Friday, May 2014 at 8am

Great Course, A little hard for a 20 handicap person

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 021879
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Carlsbad, CA

Member (cart included), played on Saturday, June 2013 at noon

Fun, and challenging course. Distance is good for only select holes....otherwise...a good score is based moreso on course management. When the wind blows in..... watch out!

Would travel: 0-10 Miles
Bottom line: Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 020217
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Coronado, CA

$61 (cart included), played on Friday, September 2012 at 8am

This track is both very challenging and quite enjoyable. Was initially resistant to drive 30+ miles to play there, but awfully glad that I did. Great views, interesting layout, and demands consistently accurate shots. Overall a good value at $65 (I would hesitate if I had to pay more, though).

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 018893
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San Diego, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Saturday, May 2012 at 8am

The course is a fun challenge. The views are spectacular. The greens were in perfect shape. Overall a good value and great time.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 017733
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Friday, May 2012 at 8am

Great track. Ocean views, several elevated tee boxes, target golf off of some of the boxes, very tricky greens, great condition, very scenic. One of my favorites...

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 017606
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Encinitas, CA

$41 (cart included), played on Sunday, March 2012 at 6am

Fun, fun, fun!

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 017143
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Elko, NV

$76 (cart included), played on Friday, December 2011 at 10am

We played this course because it was selected as one of THE places to play in southern California. I really think we spent more time driving between holes than playing. Overated in my mind but the great proshop staff was nice enough to give us San Diego County rates. I like to play different courses so if i am in the area I again I would choose another course.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
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Rank ID # : 016583
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Chino Hills, CA

$51 (cart included), played on Sunday, September 2011 at 2pm

Overall was a little disappointed with the course. The layout is fun and challenging and felt there was a good mix of holes where I could break out a driver and rip it and those where you had to think about club selection. I also like the scenery and lack of houses around it. But the overall condition of the course, especially the greens, was not what I would have expected for a track of this caliber. They were a bit beat up and inconsistant. This might have been due to the rain that they had that moring. The fairways were mushy in some spots and dry in others and not what I would have expected for a track like this. We paid $55 weekend twilight, which I think was a fair fee. I believe the morning rate was $95, which is way too much given the overall conditions. I would play this course again, but not go out of my way to do so.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 015774
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Franklin, TN

$56 (cart included), played on Wednesday, August 2011 at 6am

We played The Crossings while on a vacation to Del Mar. The course was in great shape and was fun to play. Of course, it probably helped that I played the round of my life (shot 85)! The layout was very unique and it could be challenging if your shots are not accurate. We will play again on our next visit to the area.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 015576
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El Cajon, CA

$41 (cart included), played on Wednesday, August 2011 at 2pm

Course is very scenic with lots of elevation changes and some carries over arroyos and valleys, both off the tee and on approach shots. Some of the greens are pretty severe, but fair if you hit to the correct part of the green. Consequently, pace of play is slow and the course is tough for high handicappers. If you can get past the slow play, it's a great value, particularly the twilight rate. The one other drawback is the in-cart GPS system. It is a different model than I had ever seen before and was virtually invisible in the daylight.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 015473
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Redondo Beach, CA

$46 (cart included), played on Monday, August 2011 at 8am

This course is an hour and a half from where I live. I had a discount card that I used so I paid $46 for the round which is ok. I would not drive that far and pay the $96/round that I would have to pay without the discount.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again, Average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 015455
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Mission Viejo, CA

$46 (cart included), played on Wednesday, July 2011 at 10am

It is worth a substantial drive to play this course. It is well-maintained and the staff is both helpful and pleasant.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 015387
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San Jose, CA

$51 (cart included), played on Sunday, July 2011 at noon

I live close and play this course all the time. If you are local and a member of the Crossings Club, the rates are unbelievably reasonable for such a quality course only 3 years old with spectacular Pacific Ocean views and GPS in the carts. Even if not, the regular rates are not outrageous (like La Costa or Aviara). A lot of people complain about the greens on this golf course but I think they are just big babies. yeah there is mounding, multiple tiers, and undulations; but the greens are massive - if you don't want to have a double-breaker from a different tier than the hole, then hit a better shot. What do you expect when your approach shot is still 60 feet from the hole? If the greens were flatter and smaller then you'd probably be in the bunker or rough with that same approach. Also it doesn't hurt if you actually learn how to read greens. As some others have mentioned, there are some quirky holes. If you're one of those guys that just absolutely hates a golf course because they have a par 4 that you can't hit driver on, then stay away. Personally, I feel every good golf course should have one nice par 4 like this. I mean, what, the other 9 par 4's plus the 4 par 5's don't give you enough time to stroke your new R11?

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 015173
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Kenner, LA

$56 (cart included), played on Wednesday, July 2011 at 8am

Location is good, not far off I-5. The course was challenging and you paid for apprach shots that were off line. It was in great shape and the staff was out of their way helpful and nice.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 015156
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Del Mar, CA

$56 (cart included), played on Friday, January 2011 at 6am

Greens are undulating but fair due to condition. Not a course for beginners, some very unique holes. More fun the second or third time.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 012880
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San Diego, CA

$56 (cart included), played on Wednesday, January 2011 at 6am

Not bad for the area but some holes are quirky.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better courses for less nearby
 
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Rank ID # : 012697
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San Diego, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Saturday, January 2011 at 8am

The greens are somewhat difficult to repair, therefore many people don't. This can have a negative effect on the course if you play later in the morning, depending on the amount of play that day.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 012687
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Carlsbad, CA

$46 (cart included), played on Tuesday, December 2010 at 8am

It is a very unusual layout, but I really did like it. Maybe it is the uniqueness of it and its challanging aspect. But I guess the best way to say it was I had fun!! I have to say it is like no other course I have ever played. I live in Carlsbad only about 5 minutes away from the course. So that probably influences this last comment. I will definitely play again and in fact will join the Crossings Club to take advantage of the cost savings it offers

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 012681
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Lake Forest, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Sunday, September 2010 at 8am

I would recommend this course to anyone, great layout and course was in great shap.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 012109
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Laguna Niguel, CA

$71 (cart included), played on Wednesday, October 2009 at 6am

Good Track

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 008430
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Richmond, TX

(cart included), played on Tuesday, December 2009 at 6am

Just plain fun. Up and down makes it tough but the wide fairways offset this somewhat. Definintely would like to play a second time when I know the course a little better. Course was in great shape in July when played. Some of the longest cart drives between holes of any course. Not walkable.

Would travel: Airplane, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 007752
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Mission Viejo, CA

$56 (cart included), played on Tuesday, March 2009 at 8am

We had a discount coupon for $30 off the published non Carlsbad resident rate. If not for the discount we would not have played, the rack rate price is too high for this course for non-residents.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 006387
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Carlsbad, CA

Member (cart included), played on Friday, August 2008 at 10am

I love playing this course. It is difficult and challenging but fun. Have had guests golf with me as well, both advanced players and hackers. Better course for knowledgeable golfers. Otherwise slows the place down. Price is right and the guests from Washington want to come again and bring his Bro to play. He was very impressed and is a member of Olympia in Wash.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 003704
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Carlsbad, CA

$56 (cart included), played on Tuesday, June 2008 at 10am

A new course built by the City of Carlsbad. Every hole is unique and challenging with the back nine the toughest. As with any new course there are some growing pains but as it matures it should become a fantastic golf course. Hopefully the rates won't rise as the course matures. Residents play for $60 weekday and $80 weekend. County residents are higher and out of county are really high ($110 weekends) Those of us who live in Carlsbad and nearby cities hope it remains affordable. I highly recommend playing there as the views are fantastic and the clubhouse and the staff are great.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 003414
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San Diego, CA

$41 (cart included), played on Wednesday, March 2008 at noon

This is a tough call. The hole designs are pretty interesting, the price is competitive - locals get a slam dunk greens fee rate and visitors aren't soaked. The clubhouse and staff are superb. The design of each hole is not bad. The greens are rediculously mounded and crowned and pin positions near the edge of the greens make scoring impossible for the average player. One par 3, I hit to within 8 feet of the hole and mounding carried my ball 75 feet to back of the green where I promptly 3 putted. On another par 5, I hit a high arcing shot to within 12 feet and ended in the rough 75 feet away because of mounding and roll. Too penal. The mounding on the greens need to toned down a bit because the quality and speed felt like we played Augusta at Master's time. The single biggest issue on this course is the course layout. Driving between some holes is unduly long. In fairness to the designers, the course meanders through a large tract of environmentally sensitive land. Therein lies the difficulty of rating the course. The experience certainly removes you from civiliation for most of the holes. The driving makes walking impossible. If I had to suggest and make mods to this course they would be: 1) consider a reroute to reduce driving 2) reduce the size and mounding on some of the holes. Good shots need to be rewarded. Too many designers are concerned with building in gotcha's and the average player just gets unduly penalized for not hitting a perfect shot. I'd play this again but I don't recommend it for beginners or corporate outtings. This is a challenging golf course for the serious, low handicap golfer.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better courses for less nearby, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 001804
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Los Gatos, CA

Guest (cart included), played on Monday, January 2008 at 8am

Very new course. Extremely difficult. Overall conditions were excellent. Don't bother if you are more than a single digit. Johnny Miller would hate these greens...unbelievable slopes and humps. Bunkers are like hitting out of wet powdered sugar. Come see where the city of Carlsbad spent 67 million!!!!!!!!! Better yet, save yourself the punishment, and play Aviara instead.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
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Rank ID # : 001443
4.0/5
Based on 26 reviews
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