Rated 5 out of 5 by Seagren No Brainer
One of the top 3 Public courses in the county. Everything from the Maderas tees is really challenging. The green undulations, the fairway undulations...sand is extremely nice and powdery, best in the city...greens were perfect
November 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CaptWillard Enjoyed It More Than Torrey Pines
It would be difficult to say enough good things about Maderas. First of all, it is in tremendous shape; it shows no signs of wear from the drought. Second, it is extremely challenging: the fairways are tight, and there's not a straight putt on the entire golf course. The elevation changes will play havoc on you all day. I shot my highest score in months, but I had a terrific time.
November 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by nickesquire Maderas
Played the Blues (73.1/138/6654) with Itslikeimsayin and a 2some in about 4 1/2 hours teeing off early on 10/24 using our Forelinx membership.
My 1st time playing here, really liked the layout, design and conditions. I saw some Moorpark CC, some Champions @ the Retreat and some Crossings @ Carlsbad in the look, feel and the way it played. Like the other 3, here you cannot get off the beaten path or your ball is gone and you are adding penalty strokes. Hilly course, it would be very challenging to walk.
The tees were good overall, just a few par 3's needed attention.
The fairways had good coverage and played nice.
The rough also had good coverage and could be penal.
Agree with Mark's analysis, the traps looked immaculate and the ones I was in played well.
The greens? First, they are huge, undulating and many have tiers. You could easily have a 100+ foot putt on multiple greens on this course. Could be because of the hilly terrain, but I also agree with Mark that they are some of the trickiest to read I have ever played. I usually read greens fairly well, and twice I read a ball to go fairly significantly in one direction and it actually broke a little in the opposite direction.
The first 7 holes or so, the greens putted poorly because of the cool, moist conditions. They were very soft & bumpy during this period. The group in front of us was not doing anything wrong and they were leaving footprint marks like they weighed about 500 pounds. Suddenly the temperature went from 60's to 80's, the greens dried out and because medium fast, smooth and firm. I rated them based on the last 11 holes, because those would be more typical conditions. I really liked the green complexes in spite of multiple 3 putts.
This is probably one of the top 2 dozen courses I have ever played. Everything about it, from the layout, the design, the difficulty to the conditions were all well above average. Many very high end homes are high up on hills looking down on the course, the scenery and the views were both stimulating.
The customer service was excellent. The guys paired with us evidently paid rack rate, and I about choked when they mentioned how much they paid. If you really want to be tested, this is a good test. We played the 3rd set of tees and it was plenty for players of Mark & I's skill level. Definitely recommended if you can get a deal, but playing here on the weekend for full price would be significantly more than I have ever paid for a round of golf.
November 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by smuki777 THIS COURSE IS A HIDDEN GEM
METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED AND VERY CHALLENGING.
THE RECEPTION, COURSE FACILITIES, LAYOUT, HAZARDS, CHALLENGES, SLOPES, APPROACH SHOTS AND GREENS ARE TRULY EXCEPTIONAL. A VERY SCENIC COURSE INDEED.
October 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by mthelix SoCal Troon At It's BEST!
Course condition was excellent.Highly enjoyable for any level. Quiet , relaxing yet a bit challenging on some holes. Lost only 2 balls. Mid day was good with shade and you do need to ride.
October 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by jsfleetw Great course
This will be one of the best and prettiest course you will ever play. It was in excellent shape and was just beautiful to look at. Played Torrey Pines south the day before and Maderas was so much better.
October 21, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by maniali19 Course
Course was in great condition and you get complimentary range balls to warm up. The starter claimed the greens to be the 2nd fastest in SD area but not sure as these were not fast.
October 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CraigAndEl7053121 Amazing
Love this course. Will be playing here more often.
September 22, 2015