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5800 The Crossings Dr
Carlsbad, CA  92008-4717
United States
P: (760) 444-1800
F: (760) 444-1801
www.thecrossingsatcarlsbad.com
Crossings Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

72 par | 6,835 yards

Bermuda grass

Recommend this course: +1 -0

Crossings Golf Course Description


The 18-hole "Crossings" course at the The Crossings At Carlsbad facility in Carlsbad, California features 6,835 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Greg H. Nash, ASGCA, the Crossings golf course opened in 2007. KemperSports Management, Inc. manages this facility, with Tate Stull, PGA as the General Manager.

Course Reviews


Just played this course for the first time. I was a bit concerned paying from the blue tees since everybody told me how difficult it would be . After the first hole I got over it. We played after a couple days of rain so conditions were wet and zero ball bounce but had a good time. As stated this is target golf, at least off the tee. I found the course in good condition and play was quick for a weekend , I never waited on the tee. The course does make you think more then normal mainly because it is target golf and gripping and ripping won't end up well for most. I didn't find the course to play long at all and keeping the ball in play wasn't too hard but I did have trouble on the greens, they were in fair to poor condition and bumpy most with mixed grass greens? They were also much too big , well placed approached shots more important here then drives or you may find yourself with a 200ft put on a three tiered green . The green speed also differed from hole to hole as green conditions did. My first round I shot an 83 which I was happy with however if the greens were cared for like the fairways my score would have been much better. All in all a great day and at a good price for the kind of course it is.

The comments here are over the top whining. Obviously made by those that opposed the course to begin with. Yes, the course punishes you if not straight and the problem with that is????? I would much prefer a course that forces you to be straight rather than reward the long and crooked by putting another fairway to parallel it like so many course (Including neighboring Encinitas Ranch). While the course does have a few 6 iron/wedge par 4's, you better hit the 6 straight. I find the course very fair and very challenging, the more I play it the more I appreciate it. Put it this way, my handicap from the crossings will transfer well to nay course because the crossings will make me a better player.

Lots of great views and amazing holes, 18 is a tough finish. Power lines and airplanes are a bit of a distraction. I love the course but feel it is slightly over priced. Good practice facillities, and the clubhouse is great.

After reading so much about this course, what a disappointment. Too many weak par 4's, iron tee shot followed by wedge approach. Too many blind shots. Too many planes taking off and landing. Too many up and down holes. Too many lost balls, after seemingly good shots. Too many brown spots in fairways. Too many spongey soft greens from overwater. Can't imagine walking this course, would be very difficult. Can't imagine a county, region or pro tournament there. Can't imagine ever going back. What did it cost to build? $72 million. What a waste.

I've played a majority of the North County courses. This one fills a needed niche and is of a resonable value.

Pro's:
Interesting hole designs including elevation, blind tee shots, multi-tiered greens, wide and narrow fairways. Most the holes are memorable.
GPS in the cart.
Conditions are good overall.
Extensive practice greens, chipping etc.

Con's
Can't walk the course.
Some holes have a fair amount of driving in between - in fact, I don't know of a course where you count on the battery life of your cart more then this one.
Finishing hole is interesting but doesn't say "you are on #18" - no clubhouse or ocean view to speak of.
Driving range has limited stalls, smaller area to hit and only matts (still better then Torrey).

Crossings proves that a few hundred acres of grass, littered with countless of sand bunkers, linked together by a handful of bridges (hence the name), doesn't mean you've got a golf course. How 'bout an opening hole with a tee shot so blind that players in the fairway get rained by golf ball hit by those on the tee, even though starts are "controlled" by a starter who is talking distance from the tee? How many 6 iron, PW par 4 holes do you want from the back tees? We didn't count any at Torrey or Aviara. Obviously the course has been shoe-horned into a small space. By contrast, how many downhill, 350 yd drive holes? Or, how about routing so convoluted that you must drive the entire length of the hole from green to tee before playing the 12th hole? And, just how many directional signs should a hole have between the end of a fairway and the green? Tells you something that hole #8 has 3 such sign to make sure you don't get lost between hitting your approach and putt. Then, there's the hole with a restraining fence so close to the green that it carries a sign, "Do Not Sit or Lean on the Fence". Of course, it figured that our electric golf cart would poop out, not a surprise since the entire course is up hill, down hill, wait for the loud airplanes from Palomar to pass experience. When we reported our down cart, the great staff were there within minutes with a replacement cart. Maybe they've had a lot of practice.

Target golf at its best, an insult to the game and Carlsbad tax payers at its worst. This course cost 72 million (That is 1 million per stroke of par) and 17 years of planning, endless environmental impact studies, and the end result is 13 mediocre holes, and 5 holes that were jammed into the surrounding terrain to finish the course.

2 of the par 3's are so short that you feel like you are at a pitch and putt executive course. One hole takes you out to camp pendleton and back as it is clear that they ran out of room and did not want to open a course with only 17 holes.

Driving the fairways is a crap shoot. Great drives that hit the fairway 2 times out of 5 gather out of bounds or end up with some bizarre side hill lie.

The finishing hole takes on new meaning as I am sure it will finish many novice golfers careers. First the tee shot must be aimed left at the bunkers to stay in play, straight or right and it will gather into a canyon to the right that lies exactly in the landing area of most drives. Then the approach shot must be played perfectly, over the canyon, to even find the center of the green which is surrounded by canyons on 3 sides. If you play 2 very good shots and are on this shallow green in two, you must contend with no less than 9 different steeply slopping levels on this green which looks more like a bmx course that grew grass then a putting green. 3 putting is almost guaranteed if you are any distance away from the pin. Novice golfers have already gone through 2 or 3 balls on this hole before they even get to the green and most likely have just picked up and don't even bother to 4 or 5 putt. What a great way for most beginner golfers to end their round and instill that "I can't wait to get back out there" feeling. I hope that no one plays this course as their first golf experience and think this is what golf is all about.

Well designed golf courses understand the concept of risk VS reward, and setup the tee boxes to give players of all levels an appropriate amount of challenge. This course fails on both counts. The course dictates most of the shots that must be played and presents very few options. Most tee boxes on this course have been carved out of the side of a canyon 150 yards away from the nearest real estate that would work for a fairway. The result is experts and novices are all hitting across the same canyon just to get the ball in play which significantly hinders pace of play.

My advice, if you are a novice and enjoy the game of golf, and you are not just outside to get some sun and look at the ocean, play somewhere else where the game of golf was the primary driver of the course design and not property values and minimizing environmental impact. If you are a decent golfer, bring your sun screen because there is a high likelihood that if your 6 hour round doesn't turn your face red, either your cart running out of juice on the 15th hole, the pin placements not matching the GPS system, or your general frustration with playing a gimmicky course surely will.

Great course, beautiful, challenging, back 9 is great. Hole 18 ruins me every time. Should give a try, friendly staff, great practice facilities!!! Carts have GPS. I would play here anytime any day. Awesome!

What a bargain for $100 course, It plays and looks like the $250 courses around So.Cal, Very enjoyable and very playable, it actually looks a lot tougher than it is which is nice because it makes you feel good when you play it and that's what makes you want to come back. I understand what is meant by the 3-wood comment, it's true that long hitters will find themselves having to manage their game, 250 yards off the tees will get you in trouble sometimes but that's part of the fun. Yes the greens are wildly undulating but the pin placements when we were there were as crazy as they could have been. There's enough variety to make the course challenging every time you play. This course may be habit forming.

I was pretty skeptical, I'm not big on short $100 golf courses at the end of airports, but it's pretty hard not to make something remarkable out of the land these people were given. The city tried really hard to get this done, with a ton of wrangling done to get the environmentalist types to sign off. The work-arounds that had to be done are evident most at #12, a ridiculous half-mile drive around the entire length of the hole.
The scenery is pretty darn spectacular, and if you can get $15 off via their eclub (just occasionally), this course is a great $70-80 course.
The greens are a bit too cartoonish for my taste, but the course isn't unique in the big, multi-tier, bring-a-3-wood greens in fashion in the US.
There are plenty of opportunities to screw up, but moderate-distance players that keep a ball in the fairway will find this immensely playable and enjoyable. Loose swings beware, there are a lot of "don't even THINK about going into this environmentally sensitive area" signs. (Ok, they don't say that, they say "Beware, rattlesnakes", which is essentially the same thing.)
You'll enjoy your first visit, and really want to take a hack at it a second time.

Beautiful course. Great Staff.Jeff perry the general manager is superb. Great course to play just bring your straight game or alot of balls.

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  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Kevin W. 14 43 29 07/25/10
2 Ruth P. 26 94 68 07/13/09
3 bobo B. 12 81 69 02/28/10
4 bobo B. 12 81 69 08/02/09
5 KATHLEEN B. 31 100 69 08/19/08
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
14 Jeff N. 11 85 74 12/19/16
37 Bill F. 15 94 79 04/22/16
58 A E. 26 110 84 08/18/15
15 kim L. 16 90 74 05/03/15
28 kim L. 18 95 77 03/22/15

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About The Crossings At Carlsbad

The Crossings At Carlsbad

Golf Only facility

Managed by KemperSports Management, Inc.

24 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Awards at The Crossings At Carlsbad

No recent major awards have been noted.

Tournaments of The Crossings At Carlsbad

No local tournaments listed for this course.

Course Staff

Tate Stull, PGA, General Manager
Brian Sandland, Superintendent

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