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Golf

San Diego's climate—generally sunny, without a lot of wind—is perfect for golf, and there are some 90 courses in the area, appealing to every level of expertise. Experienced golfers can play the same greens as PGA-tournament participants, and beginners or rusty players can book a week at a golf resort and benefit from expert instruction. You'd also be hard-pressed to find a locale that has more scenic courses—everything from sweeping views of the ocean to verdant hills inland.

During busy vacation seasons it can be difficult to get a good tee-off time. Call in advance to see if it's possible to make a reservation. You don't necessarily have to stay at a resort to play its course; check if the one you're interested in is open to nonguests. Most public courses in the area provide a list of fees for all San Diego courses.

Southern California Golf Association.

Search their website for detailed and valuable information on all clubs. Tel. 818/980-3630. www.scga.org.

Farmers Insurance Open.

This tournament brings the pros to the Torrey Pines Golf Course in late January or early February. Tel. 858/886-4653 Year-round; 858/535-4500 During tournament. www.farmersinsuranceopen.com.

Courses

Below are some of the best courses to play in the area. The adult public's green fees for an 18-hole game are included for each course, as well as the courses' championship (blue) yardage; carts (in some cases mandatory), instruction, and other costs are additional. Rates go down during twilight hours, and San Diego residents may be able to get a better deal. Prices change regularly, so check with courses for up-to-date green fees and deals.

Arrowood Golf Course.

Sited next to a nature preserve, this peaceful coastal links in Oceanside is one of the most scenic new layouts in the region (it opened in 2005). 5201 Village Dr., Oceanside, CA, 92057. Tel. 760/967-8400. www.arrowoodgolf.com. 18 holes. 6721 yds. Par 71. Green Fee: $85/$110. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course.

Because it's in the heart of Balboa Park, this links is convenient for downtown visitors. 2600 Golf Course Dr., Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, 92102. Tel. 619/235-1184. www.balboaparkgolf.com. 18 holes. 6267 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $40/$50. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Coronado Municipal Golf Course.

Views of San Diego Bay and the Coronado Bridge from the front 9 make this course popular—it's difficult to get on unless you reserve a tee time, 8 to 14 days in advance, for an additional $60. 2000 Visalia Row, Coronado, San Diego, CA, 92118. Tel. 619/435-3121. www.golfcoronado.com. 18 holes. 6590 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $30/$35. Reservations essential. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Cottonwood at Rancho San Diego Golf Club.

If it's your birthday, you can play for free at Cottonwood, which has two courses. The Lakes (which has 10 lakes) and Ivanhoe are both good walking courses, with nice practice putting greens. On weekend mornings tee times include mandatory cart rental. 3121 Willow Glen Rd., El Cajon, CA, 92019. Tel. 619/442-9891 or 800/455-1902. www.cottonwoodgolf.com. 36 holes. Ivanhoe: 6831 yds., Lakes: 6610 yds. Ivanhoe: Par 72, Lakes: Par 71. Green Fee: $35/$59. Reservations essential. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Eastlake Country Club.

A fun course for golfers of almost all levels of expertise, Eastlake isn't overly difficult, despite the water hazards. 2375 Clubhouse Dr., Chula Vista, San Diego, CA, 91915. Tel. 619/482-5757. www.eastlakecountryclub.com. 18 holes. 6606 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $69/$89. Reservations essential. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Encinitas Ranch.

Tucked away in the former flower fields of coastal North County, Encinitas is a hilly course that provides beautiful views of the Pacific as you play its championship holes. 1275 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, CA, 92024. Tel. 760/944-1936. www.jcgolf.com. 18 holes. 6587 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $67/$89. Reservations essential. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Mission Bay Golf Course.

A not-very-challenging executive course with par 3 and 4 holes, Mission Bay is lighted for night play (the final tee time is at 7:45 pm for 9 holes). 2702 N. Mission Bay Dr., Mission Bay, San Diego, CA, 92109. Tel. 858/581-7880. www.sandiego.gov. 18 holes. 2719 yds. Par 58. Green Fee: $29/$36 for 18 holes. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, lessons.

Mount Woodson Golf Club.

This heavily wooded course in a hilly area off of Highway 67 has wooden bridges and good views. 16422 N. Woodson Dr., Ramona, CA, 92065. Tel. 760/788-3555. www.mtwoodsongc.com. 18 holes. 6004 yds. Par 70. Green Fee: $52/$75. Reservations essential. Facilities: Putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, bar.

Riverwalk Golf Clubs.

Near the Fashion Valley shopping center, this course has a combination of three different 9-hole courses, which means less waiting. 1150 Fashion Valley Rd., Fashion Valley, San Diego, CA, 92108. Tel. 619/296-4653. www.riverwalkgc.com. 27 holes. Presidio: 3397 yds. Mission: 3153 yds. Friars: 3230 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $99/$125. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Torrey Pines Golf Course.

One of the best public golf courses in the United States, Torrey Pines was the site of the 2008 U.S. Open and has been the home of the Buick Invitational (now the Farmers Insurance Open) since 1968. The par-72 South Course receives rave reviews from the touring pros. Redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001, it's longer, more challenging, and more expensive than the North Course. Tee times may be booked from 8 to 90 days in advance at

877/581-7171

and are subject to an advance booking fee ($43). A full-day or half-day instructional package includes cart, green fee, and a golf-pro escort for the first 9 holes. 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, San Diego, CA, 92037. Tel. 858/452-3226 or 800/985-4653. www.torreypinesgolfcourse.com. 36 holes. South: 7227 yds., North: 6874 yds. North and South: Par 72. Green Fee: South: $183/$229, North: $100/$125. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, caddies upon request in advance, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Resorts

Barona Creek.

Hilly terrain and regular winds add to the challenge at this East County resort course. Fast greens will test your finesse. If your game is on, you can always see if your luck holds in the adjacent casino. 1932 Wildcat Canyon Rd., Lakeside, CA, 92040. Tel. 619/387-7018. www.barona.com. 18 holes. Approx. 7000 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $120/$160. Reservations essential. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, snack bar.

Carlton Oaks Lodge and Country Club.

Lots of local qualifying tournaments are held at this difficult course, designed by Pete Dye to include many trees and water hazards. 9200 Inwood Dr., Santee, CA, 92071. Tel. 619/448-4242. www.carltonoaksgolf.com. 18 holes. 6700 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $65/$85. Reservations essential. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.

Doubletree Golf Resort San Diego.

This fairly hilly inland North County course is well maintained. 14455 Peñasquitos Dr., unknown, CA, 92129. Tel. 858/672-9100. www.doubletreegolf.com. 18 holes. 6428 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $45/$69. Facilities: Putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

La Costa Resort and Spa.

There's an excellent golf school at this verdant location, which is one of the premier golf resorts in Southern California. After a full day on the links you can wind down with a massage, steam bath, and dinner at the resort. 2100 Costa del Mar Rd., Carlsbad, CA, 92009. Tel. 760/438-9111. www.lacosta.com. 36 holes. North: 6608 yds., South: 6524 yds. North and South: Par 72. Green Fee: $195/$205. Reservations essential. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, caddies, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Morgan Run Resort and Club.

The 27 holes of this very popular walking course, which can be played in three combinations of 9, are open only to members, guests of members, and resort guests. 5690 Cancha de Golf, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, 92091. Tel. 858/756-2471. www.morganrun.com. 27 holes. East: 3173 yds., North: 3113 yds., South: 3380 yds. East: Par 36, North: Par 35, South: Par 36. Green Fee: $100/$120. Reservations essential. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club.

Designed by Arnold Palmer, this top-quality course includes views of the protected adjacent Batiquitos Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. The carts, which are fitted with GPS systems that tell you the distance to the pin, are included in the cost. 7447 Batiquitos Dr., Carlsbad, CA, 92011. Tel. 760/603-6900. www.golfaviara.com. 18 holes. 7007 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $215/$235. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Rancho Bernardo Inn and Country Club.

The course management here is JC Golf, which has a golf school as well as several other respected courses throughout Southern California that are open to guests of the Rancho Bernardo Inn. The restaurant here, El Bizcocho, serves one of the best Sunday brunches in the county. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., Rancho Bernardo, CA, 92128. Tel. 858/675-8470 Ext. 1. www.ranchobernardoinn.com. 18 holes. 6631 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $100/$135. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Redhawk.

This challenging course is good enough to have earned a four-star rating from

Golf Digest

and a top 10 ranking from

California Golf Magazine

. 45100 Redhawk Pkwy., Temecula, CA, 92592. Tel. 951/302-3850. www.redhawkgolfcourse.com. 18 holes. 7110 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $70/$90. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Sycuan Resort & Casino.

A

Golf Digest

favorite, this course also comes highly recommended by anyone who's played here. Hackers will love the executive par-3 course; seasoned golfers can play the championship courses. 3007 Dehesa Rd., El Cajon, CA, 92019. Tel. 619/219-6028 or 800/457-5568. www.sycuanresort.com. 54 holes. Willow: 6687 yds., Oak: 6682 yds., Pine: 2508 yds. Willow and Oak: Par 72, Pine: Par 54. Green Fee: Willow and Oak $57/$79, Pine $19/$26. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.

Golf Locations
1 Borrego Ranch Resort & Spa
Borrego Ranch Resort & Spa
3845 Yaqui Pass Rd.
Borrego Springs, CA 92004

This newly renovated resort—formerly La Casa del Zorro—pampers guests with spectacular desert scenery, luxurious accommodations, a serene ambience, and gracious service. A few hundred yards away from your room is a quiet desert garden, where you can walk and find yourself surrounded by ocotillo and cholla. Accommodations range from ample standard rooms to private casitas with their own pools or private outdoor hot tubs. Most rooms have original art on the walls, minibars, fireplaces, and extra-large bathrooms. Guests have access to the private Montesoro golf course. The elegant restaurant ($$$$) has fireside dining, and there are wine-, music-, and astronomy weekends throughout the year. In summer, prices are deeply discounted. Pros:

luxury in the great outdoors, rooms have private pools, excellent service.

Cons:

no children permitted, restaurants for guests only. www.borregoranchresort.com. 63 rooms, 19 casitas. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, golf course, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, parking, some age restrictions. Credit cards accepted.

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2 Borrego Springs Resort and Country Club
Borrego Springs Resort and Country Club
1112 Tilting T Dr.
Borrego Springs, CA 92004

This quiet resort is a good value compared to other Borrego Springs lodgings. Large rooms in a collection of two-story buildings surrounding the swimming pool are nicely kept and appointed with simple oak furnishings. All have shaded balconies or patios with pleasant desert views. In spring, desert gardens surrounding the property burst into colorful bloom. Pros:

golf and tennis on-site; most rooms have good desert views.

Cons:

limited amenities; average service. www.borregospringsresort.com. 66 rooms, 34 suites. In-room: a/c, kitchen (some), Wi-Fi (some). In-hotel: 2 restaurants, bar, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, laundry facilities, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.

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3 Desert Springs J. W. Marriott Resort and Spa
Desert Springs J. W. Marriott Resort and Spa
74-855 Country Club Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260

This sprawling convention-oriented hotel set on 450 landscaped acres has a dramatic U-shape design. The building wraps around the desert's largest private lake, into which an indoor, stair-stepped waterfall flows. Rooms in the main building wrap around the lobby; some have lake or Santa Rosa Mountains views, balconies, and oversize bathrooms. It's a long walk from the lobby to the rooms; if you're driving, you might want to request a room close to the parking lot. Pros:

gondola rides to restaurants; caters to families; lobby bar is a popular watering hole.

Cons:

crowded in season; rooms and facilities are spread out; business traveler vibe. www.desertspringsresort.com. 833 rooms, 51 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 4 restaurants, bars, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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4 Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy.
Indio, CA 92203

This family-oriented resort casino, operated by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, is the tallest building in the Coachella Valley, affording mountain views from most rooms and the rooftop bar. Rooms are appointed in dark-wood Arts-and-Crafts style. Many have balconies overlooking the pool area, which has not only a free-form pool with a sandy beach at one end but also fountains and waterfalls adjacent to a grassy area where families are welcome to picnic. The casino provides Las Vegas-style gaming and has an outpost of the Improv comedy club. The casual Pom restaurant offers Tuesday night barbecue. Pros:

big-name entertainment; great views from the rooftop bar; bowling alley.

Cons:

in the middle of nowhere; average service. www.fantasyspringsresort.com. 240 rooms, 11 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 7 restaurants, bars, golf course, pools, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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5 Hyatt Grand Champions Resort
Hyatt Grand Champions Resort
44-600 Indian Wells La.
Indian Wells, CA 92210

This stark-white resort on 34 acres is one of the grandest in the desert. Standard rooms, large even by local standards, come with furnished patios or balconies and separate living and sleeping areas; they're decorated in soft sea grass and white. Private villas have secluded garden courtyards with outdoor whirlpool tubs, living rooms with fireplaces, dining rooms, and private butlers who attend to your every whim. There are 16 pools on the property, including an adults-only pool and one designed especially for families. Despite all of its resorty trappings, the Hyatt actually caters to business travelers, not vacationers. Pros:

spacious rooms; excellent business services.

Cons:

big and impersonal; spread out over many acres; noisy public areas. www.grandchampions.hyatt.com. 426 rooms, 54 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 4 restaurants, bars, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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6 Hyatt Regency Suites Palm Springs
Hyatt Regency Suites Palm Springs
285 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Totally renovated in 2009, the Hyatt is the best-situated downtown hotel in Palm Springs. You can watch the sun rise over the city or set behind the mountains from the balcony of your spacious one- or two-bedroom suite. Now boasting a streamlined mid-century look, suites feature spacious living rooms with sofa beds and large flat-screen TVs. Poolside rooms open onto private cabanas, where you can entertain or hide out. Guests have golf privileges at Rancho Mirage Country Club and four other area courses. Pros:

underground parking; no resort fees; walking distance from restaurants.

Cons:

lots of business travelers, some street noise. www.hyattpalmsprings.com. 197 suites. In-room: a/c, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa, business center, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.

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7 La Quinta Resort and Club
La Quinta Resort and Club
49-499 Eisenhower Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253

Opened in 1926 (and now a member of the Waldorf-Astoria Collection), the desert's oldest resort is a lush green oasis set on 45 acres. Broad expanses of lawn separate the adobe casitas that house some historic rooms; other rooms, decorated in early-California style with wrought iron, tile, and dark woods, are in newer two-story units surrounding individual swimming pools and hot tubs amid brilliant gardens. Fireplaces, stocked refrigerators, and fruit-laden orange trees contribute to a luxurious ambience. A premium is placed on privacy, which accounts for La Quinta's continuing popularity with Hollywood celebrities. You can play on the championship golf courses either at La Quinta or at the adjacent PGA West. The tennis stadium holds 23 courts. Celebrity chef Jimmy Schmidt opened Morgan's in the Desert here in 2009, offering locally grown produce on a small- and large-plate menu that drew raves at the Rattlesnake Club. Pros:

individual swimming pools; gorgeous gardens; best golf courses in the desert.

Cons:

a party atmosphere sometimes prevails; spotty housekeeping/maintenance. www.laquintaresort.com. 640 rooms, 244 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet. In-hotel: 7 restaurants, bar, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.

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8 Miramonte Resort & Spa
Miramonte Resort & Spa
45-000 Indian Wells La.
Indian Wells, CA 92210

A warm bit of Tuscany against a backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains characterizes the smallest, most intimate, and most opulent of the Indian Wells hotels. Guest rooms, with lavish appointments (especially in the bathrooms) are in red-roofed villas on 11 acres of bougainvillea-filled gardens. Many have private patios or balconies with views of perfectly manicured, brilliantly colored gardens. Reading nooks and hammocks are tucked into secluded corners. The resort holds one of the best spas in the desert: although small, The Well offers guests intimate indulgence and tranquillity in relaxation suites, mud bars, and river benches. Guests may use facilities at the Indian Wells Golf and Tennis Center. Pros:

romantic intimacy; gorgeous gardens; discreet service.

Cons:

adult-oriented; limited resort facilities on-site. www.miramonteresort.com. 215 rooms. In-room: a/c, safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 2 restaurants, bars, golf course, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.

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9 Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
41-000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

This is the most family-friendly resort in the desert in the wake of a $35-million renovation that upgraded the entire 240-acre property, freshened rooms and public areas, and added Splashtopia. Kids and their parents can spend an entire day cruising the lazy river, crashing down two waterslides, and building sand castles on a beach. Rooms are in two-story Spanish-style buildings that surround courtyards and gardens; one section is primarily for families. French doors lead to balconies or patios where you can take in the mountain views or watch ducks cruising a pond in the fairway. The new spa has 26 treatment rooms as well as a private courtyard with a sanctuary pool. Pros:

Kidtopia camp for kids; trails for hiking and jogging; nightly entertainment.

Cons:

second-floor rooms accessed by very steep stairs; golf course surrounds rooms; resort hosts conventions. www.rancholaspalmas.com. 422 room, 22 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 5 restaurants, bar, golf course, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, children's programs, business center, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.

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10 Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa
44-400 Indian Wells La.
Indian Wells, CA 92210

The centerpiece of this luxurious resort is an eight-story atrium lobby, to which most rooms open. There's soothing water everywhere: pools, ponds, lakes, fountains, and streams. Rooms are bright and airy, with ample balconies affording pool or mountain views. They're decorated in dark wood and sand tones, furnished with work desks, chaise lounges, and oversize marble bathrooms with clear glass showers. Although the hotel is popular with business travelers, it's also very family friendly. One of the pools has a sandy beach that kids love. Pros:

balcony views; adjacent to golf-tennis complex; bicycles.

Cons:

higher noise level in rooms surrounding pool; somewhat impersonal ambience. www.renaissanceesmeralda.com. 538 rooms, 22 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: 5 restaurants, bars, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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11 Westin Mission Hills Resort
Westin Mission Hills Resort
71333 Dinah Shore Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

A sprawling resort on 360 acres, the Westin is surrounded by fairways, putting greens, and a collection of time-share accommodations. Rooms, in two-story buildings amid patios and fountains, have a stylish Arts-and-Crafts look with sleek, dark, mahogany furnishings accented with sand-color upholstery and crisp white linens. All have private patios or balconies. In the cool early morning, enjoy a walk or jog on the property's many paths, which wind past bougainvillea-covered walls, beds planted with blue salvia and pink petunias, families of ducks, and a koi pond. There's also a lagoon-style swimming pool with a waterslide that's several stories high. Pros:

gorgeous grounds; first-class golf facilities; excellent for families.

Cons:

lots of dogs; rooms are spread out. www.westin.com. 472 rooms, 30 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, children's programs, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.

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12 Boomers Camelot Park
Boomers Camelot Park
67-700 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Cathedral City, CA 92234

At Boomers Camelot Park you can play miniature golf, drive bumper boats, climb a rock wall, drive a go-kart, swing in the batting cages, test your skill in an arcade, and play video games. Admission: $5-$8 per activity, $28 day passes. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. noon-8, Fri. noon-10, Sat. 10-10, Sun. 10-8.

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13 El Paseo
El Paseo

Palm Desert, CA 92260

West of and parallel to Highway 111, El Paseo is a mile-long Mediterranean-style avenue with fountains and courtyards, French and Italian fashion boutiques, shoe salons, jewelry stores, children's shops, 23 restaurants, and nearly 20 art galleries. The pretty strip is a pleasant place to stroll, window-shop, people-watch, and exercise your credit cards.

Each October, the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

launches the "season" with a procession of 100 golf carts decked out as floats buzzing up and down El Paseo. Tel. 760/346-6111. www.golfcartparade.com. www.elpaseo.com.

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14 Crowne Plaza San Diego
Crowne Plaza San Diego
2270 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108

After an $8 million renovation in mid-2007, the former Red Lion Hanalei Hotel is now a member of the InterContinental chain. Upgraded rooms feature a cheerful tropical plantation-style decor and a signature sleep program with quiet zones, eye masks, and lavender spray. The hotel is good for business travelers, but also appeals to vacationers with its pool, nearby golf course, and free shuttle to Old Town and Fashion Valley mall. The on-site Islands Sushi & PuPu Bar offers dinner and a late-night happy hour until midnight. Pros:

near shopping; close to airport; updated rooms.

Cons:

near freeway; dated public areas; spotty service. www.ichotelsgroup.com. 403 rooms, 14 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa, laundry facilities, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.

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15 Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
San Diego, CA 92037

La Jolla's newest resort was once the site of a famous equestrian ranch, Blackhorse Farms, where Thoroughbreds were trained. This hotel has a rustic elegance, rambling California ranch-style architecture, and courtyards with bubbling fountains. Rooms have marble baths and come with robes, slippers, and 24-hour room service. The resort offers free high-speed and Wi-Fi, a pool with private cabanas, and a spa where guests can be pampered with an outdoor massage in a private garden of eucalyptus, citrus, and lavender. Besides spa packages, the resort offers golf getaways in conjunction with the nearby Torrey Pines Golf Course. Pros:

upscale rooms; nice spa; landscaped grounds.

Cons:

spotty service; not centrally located. www.estancialajolla.com. 200 rooms, 10 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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16 Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
10950 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
San Diego, CA 92037

Blending discreetly into the Torrey Pines cliff top, the hotel overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the 18th hole of the Torrey Pines Golf Course, site of the 2008 U.S. Open. Oversize accommodations are simple but elegant; most have balconies or terraces. Outside, find a large pool, tennis courts, and a putting green. The menu at the hotel's steak-and-seafood restaurant, the Torreyana Grille, changes with the seasons. Pros:

ocean view; near golf; large rooms.

Cons:

not centrally located. www.hilton.com. 382 rooms, 12 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bars, pool, tennis courts, gym, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.

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17 Lodge at Torrey Pines
Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
San Diego, CA 92037

This beautiful Craftsman-style lodge sits on a bluff between La Jolla and Del Mar and commands a coastal view. You know you're in for a different sort of experience when you see the Scottish kilted doorman. The warm and understated rooms are spacious and furnished with antiques and reproduction turn-of-the-20th-century pieces. The service is excellent, and the restaurant, A. R. Valentien (named after a San Diego plein air artist of the early 1900s), serves fine California cuisine. Beyond the grounds are the Torrey Pines Golf Course and scenic trails that lead to the Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve. The village of La Jolla is a 10-minute drive away. Pros:

upscale rooms; good service; near golf.

Cons:

not centrally located; expensive. www.lodgetorreypines.com. 164 rooms, 6 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, kitchen (some), Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, golf course, pool, gym, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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18 Morley Field Sports Complex
Morley Field Sports Complex
2221 Morley Field Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

In addition to the 2-mi fitness course and ball diamonds, the park's athletic center has a flying-disc golf course where players toss their Frisbees over canyons and treetops to reach the challenging "holes"—wire baskets hung from metal poles. Morley Field also has a public pool, a velodrome, an archery range, playgrounds, and boccie, badminton, and tennis courts. The website has a downloadable program guide with complete listings and times. The complex is at the northeast corner of Balboa Park, across Park Boulevard and Florida Canyon. www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/morley.html.

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19 Presidio Park
Presidio Park

San Diego, CA 92110

The hillsides of the 40-acre green space overlooking Old Town from the north end of Taylor Street are popular with picnickers, and many couples have taken their wedding vows on the park's long stretches of lawn, some of the greenest in San Diego. You may encounter enthusiasts of the sport of grass-skiing, gliding over the grass and down the hills on their wheeled-model skis. Grab a cardboard box to try grass-sledding the low-tech way. It's a nice walk from Old Town to the summit if you're in good shape and wearing the right shoes—it should take about half an hour. You can also drive to the top of the park via Presidio Drive, off Taylor Street.

If you do decide to walk, look in at the Presidio Hills Golf Course

on Mason Street. It has an unusual clubhouse that incorporates the ruins of Casa de Carrillo, the town's oldest adobe, constructed in 1820. At the end of Mason Street, veer left on Jackson Street to reach the

presidio ruins,

where adobe walls and a bastion have been built above the foundations of the original fortress and chapel. Archaeology students from San Diego State University who excavated the area have marked off the early chapel outline, although they reburied the artifacts they uncovered in order to protect them. Also on-site are the 28-foot-high

Serra Cross,

built in 1913 out of brick tiles found in the ruins, and a bronze

statue of Father Serra.

Take Presidio Drive southeast and you'll come to the site of

Fort Stockton,

built to protect Old Town and abandoned by the United States in 1848. Plaques and statues also commemorate the Mormon Battalion, which enlisted here to fight in the battle against Mexico.

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