Maderas Golf Club
I've always enjoyed playing this course, I've tried to play it every time I make a road trip down form OC to play in the SD area. Plenty of challenge and fair, just make sure you select the appropriate of the 5 tees for your handicap. The greens were a little furry but had recovered nicely from the punch two weeks earlier. The rest of the course was excellent.
Extremely helpful staff!
BTW... don't pass up the home made lemonade!
April 17, 2014
less than expected, over priced but fun
The staff were great, but this is an over hyped, over priced course. It is supposed to be one of the top courses in the State and so I was expecting lush fairways and wonderful greens. To be fair, they had punched the greens earlier in the week and the sand traps were tops, but the fairways were hardly green. The fairways are sloped and there are challenging hazards. Without much grass in the fairways it is easy to find those hazards. The driving range was irons only because of work being done to it.
A coke was $4.50 and a hot dog was $8. I guess they don"t want people with my budget to play there, but at $130 I don't think that I got my value and won't be back.
April 5, 2014
Picturesque and Nasty
The key feature of Maderas is its beauty. The architects used all their weapons to make every hole a gem and still technically difficult. Every mis-hit shot raised the score. I would hate to see what it could do to you on a dry windy day!
April 1, 2014
Top 100 Golf Digest certainly worth it. Friendly staff from clubhouse, starter to beverage cart; the marshall gave us the inside on a couple holes while he was around. Great experience and worth the cost. Course in great shape. The greens require shot making skills. If you miss on a number of them, it's trouble. Quiet course for a Thurs morning which was great
March 28, 2014
Top 100 ??????
Played this course in the slowest possible time, 5 1/2 hours. The management came out and spoke to the group in front of us early in the round, but that was the end of it.
The forward tee beds were nearly bare on multiple holes, the greens were very difficult to read, great utilization of the elements.
I question the Golf Digest designations. In this case the course condion was average not superior and certainly not manicured. Many of the local So. Cal. Courses were in better shape and had more challenging holes.
All in all $150 is a lot of money to spend to play this course...but you do get bragging rights for a top 100 course.
March 25, 2014
Beautifull course, immaculate, lightning fast greens!
Maderas is one of the nicest courses in all San Diego county!! Immaculate conditons, lightning fast greens, terrific service to boot!!
March 19, 2014
First of all, as you would expect, this is a first rate facility. The clubhouse is beautiful and the practice area is the best I've seen at a public course. However, the course and slope rating tell the story if what you're there for is the golf. The layout is intricate and very interesting but it's just too penal for my liking. You have to work on every shot and it just wears you out. I enjoy a challenge but I was playing well (for me) and I still lost four balls. I'd love to give Maderas five stars but I just can't do it.
March 18, 2014
Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Every hole was like a signature hole. Picturesque and pristine. Definitely deserves its Golf Digest top 100 ranking. I suspect it will be moving up the charts in the coming years.
March 18, 2014