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Tantalizing trio: Three great holes separate Castle Creek Country Club from the pack


Tantalizing trio

Three great holes separate Castle Creek Country Club from the pack.

BY ELI MILLERPublished: November, 2010

The par-4 14th hole is a fantastic test made challenging by a pair of water hazards (PHOTO: Eddie Meeks).
Castle Creek Country Club has many selling points — a tranquil atmosphere, scenic mountains around the property, and a tree-lined, classic layout.
I was more interested in what the North San Diego County facility bills as three of the greatest golf holes in the area — the par-5 sixth, one of the county’s longest at over 600 yards, the signature 418-yard par-4 14th, and the treacherous 223-yard par-3 17th.
They didn’t disappoint, even if my performance on each of them did.
I came to No. 6 leaking oil after various miscues and piled on with a drive that found trees to the right of the fairway. After hitting a great 3-wood back into the fairway, I still had 180 yards to the green. My approach came up short and I failed to get up and down. Easy bogey — at least now I know why the hole is called “Relentless.”
The 14th hole can be birdied with a great tee shot, but anything less is a certain bogey or worse. It’s tough to gauge how long of a drive is needed to clear Moosa Creek, which cuts across the fairway and creeps further away as it wanders to the right, so take it from me and favor the left side of the fairway. I sliced two drives in the creek and made a 10.
I was still having fun, and so were my playing partners. We loved the Jack Daray-designed layout, which was in great shape and had small greens with fair speed. There was a friendly, rustic charm throughout the facility that lasted all day.
My favorite of the three holes was No. 17, a fantastic penultimate test at well over 200 yards. Trees frame the sight line to the green, which is guarded by three bunkers. I made a bogey, which was just fine with me at that point.
I kind of feel stupid after playing here. Growing up in San Diego, I really wonder why I didn’t check it out sooner.

Castle Creek Country Club: By the Numbers

6,688: Yardage from the tips. There are five sets of tees, with the most forward option measuring 4,697 yards.

71.5: Course rating from the tips. The layout sports a par of 72, and honestly I thought it played a bit more difficult than the rating indicated.

1955: Year the 18-hole course opened. It first opened as a nine-hole layout in the late 1940s.

62: Course record, shot by Orange County golf professional Ray Ricardo.

9: Holes where water comes into play. Holes 13 through 17 all feature water hazards.

285: Monthly dues, in dollars, for a full individual membership as part of Castle Creek’s Snow Bird special. For information on other memberships, contact the pro shop.

31: Cost, in dollars, for a weekday round at Castle Creek for the remainder of the year when two golfers play. The 2-for-1 package is $45 on weekends.

For more information on Castle Creek Country Club, call (760) 749-2422 or visitcastlecreekcc.com.

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