Architect(s): Joe Lee,Dick Wilson,Jeff Brauer,Damian Pascuzzo,Steve Pate
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Paspalum Grass
Season: Year round
With a rich history of professional tour events, visitors who play the golf courses at La Costa Resort and Spa can follow in the footsteps of great players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stacy Lewis and Britanny Lincicome. That's because both courses at La Costa Resort & Spa, or a combination of holes from them, have been used for various PGA Tour and LPGA events over the years, including the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions and LPGA's Kia Classic. Both courses, designed by Dick Wilson, are outstanding and were renovated in the 2010s. The longer of the two at La Costa Resort, the Champions Course (formerly known as the North Course), is 7151 yards. A 2011 renovation by Steve Pate, Damian Pascuzzo and Jeff Brauer added four brand new holes and improved conditions. The course has many beautiful holes, but the 16th, which plays over a large lake, is arguably the signature hole. The Legends Course (formerly the South) is just under 7,000 yards and was renovated a couple of years after the Champions by the same team. The Legends is a little tighter with more narrow fairways. The par 5s are particularly strong, including the 575-yard 17th, which plays along the central lake on the property. As for the other amenities, La Costa Resort & Spa is among the very best resorts in the country, offering world-class dining, luxury accommodations, wellness activities, tennis and an outstanding golf academy.