Get inside the gates to discover Eagle Crest Golf Club in Escondido
ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- Golfers wanting to play Eagle Crest Golf Club must enter a security code at the front gate of a private neighborhood. The impression that this David Rainville design is a residential course disappears quickly after the first hole, however.
Eagle Crest, which opened in 1992, winds through a wildlife preserve in the secluded San Pasqual Valley 33 miles northeast of downtown San Diego. Eight lakes, thick vegetation and natural hillsides ideal for elevated tee boxes and greens combine to form a 6,537-yard routing that plays tougher than the yardage might indicate.
Most of the prettiest holes fall downhill, like no. 9, a strong par 4 that doglegs right to a green protected by water. The par-3 holes -- nos. 5, 7 and 11 -- drop downhill as well. The tee shot on the par-5 14th hole kick starts a strong closing stretch littered with obstacles.
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