Rated 5 out of 5 by CraigAndEl7053121 Amazing
Love this course. Will be playing here more often.
September 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SkeezyWeezle Wow...that was awesome!!!
Maderas has instantly made my best of San Diego list...Only Torrey Pines South tops it in my book( and barely). There is everything to like about this course. The layout is challenging, well thought out, scenic...and yada yada yada.... Conditions are nothing less than what you expect from a Troon course. I found the staff to be quite friendly and helpful, almost to a fault. Be warned though...bring your "A" game here. This course will "make you cry for mommie" if you don't...hehe...
September 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by cow22155 know what you're getting with Johnny Miller design
Had played about 10 years ago, with good memories, so wanted to revisit. Course was harder than I remembered, but very consistent with Johnny Miller design principles. (the man does not suffer fools gladly). Difficult to route your way around if you don't know the course and where not to miss, definitely a shotmaker's course.
Conditioning was OK given the drought and recent heat (was 97 the day I played); greens have been getting plenty of water to protect presumably so they were actually quite slow and receptive, though many were pretty marked up from unrepaired divots.
September 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brian5679128 Maderas is a Must Play
Without a doubt it is one of the best golf courses in San Diego. It is a bucket list event for any avid golfer. There is not a friendlier and better staff anywhere. You will be treated like no other on the course and in the clubhouse. The conditions are always perfect and the course is a great layout. 5 Stars all the way around.
September 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Michael3445798 Doing their best amidst the drought
It was really hot. Like 97 degrees hot.
They are clearly doing their best in the face of this really awful drought. Fairway lies were shockingly good. Greens don't have their teeth right now -- they rolled true but are slow b/c of the need to water down due to the drought/heat. I could play a low spin flop that would plunk and stay put. I didn't even come close to having a 3-putt, and I'm sure I wouldn't be able to say that under more normal conditions. Rolling fast, those greens would be a bear.
Course is mix of somewhat easy holes contrasted w/ legitimately difficult holes. Hole 16 is a gnarly par 4, trouble left & right off tee, long iron into narrow green that offers jail if you leak it right even just a little. Hole 14 is a par 5 w/ a fantastic approach shot uphill and over a rock cliff and mini-canyon.
First time playing it, had a yardage book which is a good idea. W/ the book, it was very clear where to play and where not to play. Yardages were true.
Didn't use driver from holes 6-11, including multiple par 4s and even a par 5. Teed off w/ long irons playing 200-220 yds and had short wedges to greens. This stretch seemed really easy. It was the shortest 6900 yd course I've ever played. Only hit one long iron approach all day (hole 16).
Staff is great. I was a single and flew through the course in 3:20. When play got gummed up, the marshal escorted me to some open holes and then brought me back to the holes I had skipped. Thank you.
But I could imagine that rounds could get VERY long here if stuck behind groups of novice golfers. This is not a friendly resort course. It's a golfer's shot-making course.
It's a great track and kind of unique. No need to travel way out of your way to play it, but you'll enjoy it if given the chance.
August 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by knithel Beautiful course, perfect condition,
We are from the northeast, played it 3 days ago and decided to come back because we liked it so much. Very attentive staff, giving good advise on how to play the course. Good value with Golfnow. Would definitely play it again I we are in the area.
August 20, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Claudiusson Great course conditions
Beautiful course in incredible conditions. Had a lot of fun playing it for my first time.
Course is not too long but requires a good level of accuracy.
Fairways were in perfect conditions and green as well, even though I like faster greens.
I f I have to find a "negative" comment I would only say that the course misses some character, i..e., I do not remember many holes after having played it.
August 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by witkr16 Beautiful & Challenging Course
Great service from the card attendants to the pro shop. I also love all the high-end touch of iced, bottled water in their new, plush golf carts. The bermuda fairways were impeccable while the greens rolled well but had many subtle breaks.
There is some local knowledge required on a couple of semi-blind tee shots. GPS in the carts would be helpful to determine the distance to water and sand trouble in some of the driving areas, especially on the 18th hole drive where the water is closer than it looks. I would come back sooner if the green fees were a touch less. Overall, it was a fantastic course to play!
July 27, 2015