UT San Diego – Golf Course Review
Rancho Bernardo Inn
Where: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo
Phone: (858) 675-8470
OUR RATING: 9 out of 10
Overview: The RB Inn course is 50 years old, and the great thing is that it has all of the benefits of being that age with few of the problems. Thanks to the updating of its bunkers a few years ago, and the continued fine maintenance of the beautiful greens, this is a course that remains contemporary, without being tricked up, and wholly enjoyable.
Birdies: The strength of RBI is its variety of holes and the greens, which a golfer will come to appreciate more with each round played here. The greens are mid-sized and most have only gentle slopes. But find yourself pin-high looking at a 10-foot putt, and a wicked break is bound to be there. This is not a bombers’ course either, because there are hazards or out of bounds on nearly every hole to gobble up wayward shots. With a JC Players Card, green fees are $52 Monday through Thursday — an attractive price for the quality.
Bogey: I wish the Inn had a better place to practice. The driving range, located inconveniently behind the Inn, is too short for drivers. and the putting green is nothing special.
Favorite hole: The 508-yard, dogleg right 18th is one of the best finishing holes in the county. It requires three quality shots: a long drive to set up a strategic layup between a lake and the trees, and finally an approach shot over a creek. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen golfers dump it into the water on a seemingly easy wedge shot. The three-tiered green is no bargain either.
Funky hole: The 100-yard 13th looks and feels like it was jammed in at the last minute. Don’t be fooled by the length, though; the little green has few flat spots and wedges are often pulled way left or come up short in the big bunker on the right.