The Takeaway: While most would argue that Torrey Pines South is the best course in San Diego, most haven’t played The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe. A RTJ Jr. layout that Phil Mickelson calls home, The Bridges features memorable holes, excellent conditioning, and an experience that shouldn’t be missed if you have an invite. Grade B+
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1999
Phone Number: (858) 759-7200
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 18550 Seven Bridges Road, Rancho Santa Fe, California 92091
Accolades: Ranked 15th in California on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State list.
What to Expect: The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe is an excellent course that delivers a solid mix of attractive scenery, challenging holes, and an overall fair layout. The course burst onto the national scene when it was the venue for the Battle at the Bridges, a primetime golf event on ABC. Players that competed in the 4-man event over the years include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, John Daly, Ernie Els, and others. Phil Mickelson originally wasn't one of the foursome in the "Battle" TV series, but when they came to The Bridges (a course he is a member at) he wasn't going to gaze from the outside any longer. The course features loads of bunkers, a handful of forced carries, and some dramatic elevation changes. Seven set of tees have been given a slope and rating and vary 2000 yards from the front tees to the back tees. Lastly, the course features a stunning 35,000 square foot clubhouse that can handle virtually any size event the club chooses to hold.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 10th Hole – 395 Yard Par 4
Best Par 3: 11th Hole – 180 Yards
Best Par 4: 18th Hole – 441 Yards
Best Par 5: 9th Hole – 571 Yards
Birdie Time: 16th Hole – 556 Yard Par 5
Bogey Beware: 5th Hole – 429 Yard Par 4