Coronado Golf Course is a municipal golf course located on Coronado Island in San Diego County, just minutes across the bridge from downtown San Diego.
The 6590 yard, par 72 layout is very flat and compact with generous fairways that weave closely together along the San Diego bay, making for some very unique views. The kicker at Coronado is the price. It is only $40 to play (walking) on the weekends for non-residents and $38 for residents, making it a very popular choice for both tourists and locals.
My first impression of Coronado was about what I expected — a busy, down to earth, local muni with a wide range of golfers. From jeans-and-tank-top man on the driving range to your avid sharply dressed player, Coronado encourages everyone to get out and enjoy the game.
For a local $40 muni, Coronado offers up a surprising amount of good holes. Several dog legs, water hazards and well bunkered greens provide just enough challenge while keeping the course playable for everyone. There are also a stretch of a few holes early on the back-nine that should be a hard hat zone, with a couple of doglegs nuzzled together in opposite directions as if they ran out of room, where the natural miss is on opposing fairways. If you survive that part of the course, the finishing stretch is worth it.
The best views on the front-nine come on the par-4 3rd hole, before heading inland and finishing your round along the bay on the closing four holes.
The approach to the par-4 opening hole:
The view from the 3rd tee box:
Beth putting on the 3rd green:
Tee shot on the gentle dogleg right par-4 14th hole:
Tee shot on the dogleg left par-4 17th hole:
Beth taking a load off on the 18th tee:
Yours truly getting ready to rip one down the par-5 18th hole:
Playing at Coronado is a unique experience and its popularity does not come as a surprise. With a consistently busy tee sheet you may be looking at a 5-hour round on the weekends if you’re not out early.
Although the fairways were in rough shape in spots, the most important part of the course, the greens, were in great shape and rolling nicely.
The snack shack at the turn came in handy to stay energized and hydrated for 5 hours, and like the golf, was very reasonably priced.
Coronado does what many courses fail to do — offer a bit of everything at a fair price. It’s fun, it’s playable, it’s still challenging enough to stimulate the skilled golfer, it has some nice views, good greens, and it is cheap to play.
I would list Coronado Golf Course as a “must experience” for any golfer travelling to the San Diego area. It is not the best course in the area, but it is easily the best value for your hard earned money.