Golfing at Bonita

Bonita is cheap, flat, a little ugly, not too long, and somewhat forgiving.  It’s a great course for beginners or anyone who tends to lose a lot of balls off the tee.  The greens are challenging but not complicated, and they’re usually fairly well maintained.  The bunkers can be a little hard, but the fairway and rough are usually in good shape.  Given the price . . . there’s really no complaining.  It’s a very good value, just don’t expect perfection.

9/1/12: 86 (42/44) +15  Had a nice foursome today: Tanner, Jocelyn and Petra.  It’s Bonita in summer and most of us walked . . . good idea for exercise, bad idea for fun.  I had a 6 hole stretch where I was 1 under par . . . I guess that goes to show you how bad the other 12 holes were.  No issues with the course or pace of play.  Overall it was a nice day out on the links.

Steele Canyon Community

Steele Canyon is a stunning golf course community located just outside of Rancho San Diego in Jamul (near the 94 and the 54).  The complex is fully gated with active duty security.  Other complex features include a Clubhouse/Rec Room, Discounted Golf Membership, Pool, and Tennis Courts.  Built mainly in the 90s, this neighborhood features high ceilings, rounded corners, flowing floorplans, loads of natural light, large masters, multiple masters, walk in closets, formal living rooms, 3 car garages, medium to large sized yards, and possible golf course views.

  • Built between 1993 and 2003
  • 2 to 6 Bedroom Detached Homes
  • 2,513 – 8,300 sq. ft.
  • In 2011 and 2012, these homes have sold between $666,000 and $1,200,000
  • Condition and view vary by home

Golfing at Steele Canyon

If you can get a discount, Steele Canyon is a beautiful course to play.  Don’t pay over $75 though . . . it’s not worth anything more.  The course is wonderfully maintained, and it has a practice bunker for you to hit out of (not very common in San Diego)  As for difficulty: Ranch is easy and boring, Meadow is average and beautiful, Canyon is a bitch but it’s a must play.

5/26/12: 82 (40 Meadow/42 Canyon) +10  What a round!  Had an awesome time golfing with Mike, Drew, and Candy!  Found out that golfing with Drew really elevates my game . . . the dude can smoke a 3 wood 230 yards with freakish accuracy.  The weather was a little perfect, the course was in outstanding shape, the bunkers were soft, and the greens were fast and true.  I absolutely love Canyon!

6/23/12: 89 (47 Ranch/42 Meadow) +17  Not my finest day.  The driver was good, my irons were fine, but I couldn’t control my hybrid, my chipping went to hell, and the greens were being treated.  That being said, I had a great time with Mike, Michael and Lee, and I snapped some great pictures (see below).

Twin Oaks Valley Ranch – Community

Twin Oaks Valley Ranch is a beautiful golf course community located in San Marcos (just off the 78).  Built mainly in the 90s, this neighborhood features high ceilings, rounded corners, flowing floorplans, loads of natural light, large masters, walk in closets, and small to medium sized yards.  Certain homes have Casitas in place of the third garage, and many feature beautiful golf course views.

  • Built between 1993 and 2001
  • 2 to 7 Bedroom Detached Homes
  • 1,578 – 4,052 sq. ft.
  • In 2011 and 2012, these homes have sold between $325,000 and $615,000
  • Condition and view vary by home

Golfing at Twin Oaks

I really love playing Twin Oaks.  The course is long and it demands accuracy.  The lost ball potential is pretty high, so you may want to hit the driving range first if you want to avoid a frustrating day.  Play the course safe . . . it will punish bravado!  All that being said, this is one of my favorite courses in San Diego County.

8/26/12: 93 (47/46) +21  Had an awesome time golfing with Rory, Laura, and Liz!  Don’t mind the score . . . a rugby tourney (making for a 6 hour round), a beautiful woman (we’ll see where that goes), and multiple drinks went into that fine endeavor.  The weather was a little warm, the course was in good shape (except for the bunkers), and the rugby tourney made for a very interesting day.

Mount Woodson – Community

Mount Woodson is the premier golf course community in Ramona.  Located in a quiet gated community, many of the homes feature sweeping views of Ramona or the Mount Woodson Golf Course.  As a newer community, the homes include many modern features (high ceilings, rounded corners, crown and base molding, oversized masters, walk in closets, and flowing floorplans).

One of the more unique features of Mount Woodson is the Amy Strong Castle, built in 1921.  The castle is currently owned by Mount Woodson Golf Club and is a perfect location for weddings and other special events.

  • Built between 1992 and 2000
  • 3 to 5 Bedroom Detached Homes
  • 2,181 – 4,650 sq. ft.
  • In 2011 and 2012, these homes have sold between $450,000 and $675,000
  • Condition and view vary by home

Mount Woodson Community Sample Gallery

Golfing at Mount Woodson

Mount Woodson is a very unique course.  Located in Ramona, it’s short, narrow, and very challenging.  The course emphasizes accuracy over power, so dial it down and hit ‘em straight.  Carts are required.  Given the level of challenge and the uniqueness of the course, I think it’s a great value and a must play!

8/18/12: 70 (45/46) +21  The company was great . . . I really enjoyed golfing with Rory, Laura, and Ginger!  Candy tried to pick a fight with another foursome . . . that was funny.  The weather was atrocious (thank you Ramona), the greens and tee boxes were torn to hell, the bunkers were like concrete, and the pace of play was beyond slow.

Oaks North Community – Mirador

If you’re looking for low-maintenance but still want a detached house, Mirador is great option.  Mirador is a community of easy-care patio homes, many of which feature a variety of views of Oaks North Golf Course.

  • 55+ Community
  • Built between 1977 and 1981
  • 2 – 3 BR detached homes
  • 1,286 – 1,565 sq. ft.
  • In 2011 and 2012, these units have sold between $315,000 and $491,000

Oaks North Community – Chapala

Out of all the neighborhoods in Oaks North, Chapala is easily the most desirable.  Chapala is a gated community that prides itself on it’s stunning golf course views, open floorplans, soaring ceilings, serene patios, and quiet streets.

  • 55+ Community
  • Built between 1983 and 1987
  • 2 – 3 BR detached homes
  • 1,428 – 1,920 sq. ft.
  • In 2011 and 2012, these units have sold between $368,000 and $505,000

Oaks North Community – Oaks North Village & One Oaks North

Oaks North Village and One Oaks North are the two most affordable condo complexes in Oaks North.  Both complexes feature security gates, elevators, and deep 1 Some units abut Pomerado Rd., while others have beautiful views of the west side of Oaks North Golf Course.

  • 55+ Community
  • Built between 1972 and 1980
  • 1 and 2 Bedroom Units
  • 822 – 1,431 sq. ft. Units
  • In 2011 and 2012, these units have sold between $130,000 and $270,000
  • Most units in these complexes tend to be very dated

Five years in the making, Amy Irene Strong completed this structure in the small town of Ramona, 45 minutes from downtown, in 1921. The unique Craftsman-style 12,000-square-foot dwelling was originally designed by Strong herself, a prominent San Diego socialite and dress designer. Owned by many throughout the years, it is now the property of Mt. Woodson Golf Club and serves as a frequent site for weddings and special events. Also known as the Amy Strong Castle, this building is now used as the administration office and can be viewed during operating hours.

Oaks North Village & One Oaks North Sample Gallery