The Grand Del Mar

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The Grand Del Mar

The Grand Del Mar

A Luxury Resort and Golf near San Diego

If you are looking for a luxury golf vacation in the San Diego area, you will want to consider The Grand Del Mar. The setting, weather, and facilities are unmatched in this coastal area and equal to such places as The Inn at Spanish Bay and Pelican Hill.

The Resort

Doug Manchester is the vision behind The Grand Del Mar. A local legend, Manchester has started many successful hotel properties over the past 30 years in the San Diego area. The Grand Del Mar is his finest moment. Set in a private canyon area just minutes from the Pacific, the resort has the feel of a private estate on par with Hearst Castle. From the gated entry guests drive past some of the holes on the Tom Fazio course before arriving at the lobby/carport area complete with large fountains and classic Mediterranean architecture. The Old World charm continues into the lobby and throughout the hotel. The inspiration here comes from the palaces of Spain, France’s coastal retreats, and Florence’s decorative arts.

Amaya Terrace
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Amaya Terrace

The graceful interiors flow out to manicured lawns, multiple fountains, and a wonderful pool area. The design is meant to take in all the great weather afforded to this area. An example of this is the resort’s Amaya restaurant. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served indoor and outdoor on its shaded terrace. Amaya looks out over the property toward the golf course and the canyon preserve. I can still taste the lobster bisque soup and the seared sea bass I was served. The food was excellent and, as you might expect, the service was five-star all the way. The resort also is known for its premier fine dining option Addison, named in honor of the famous architect whose work inspired The Grand Del Mar.

Walking around The Grand is really an experience. It is a large property, and the rich decorative arts of Italy, Morocco, Portugal, and Spain can be felt throughout. This feel continues into the resort’s spa, with its own adult pool. The nearby fitness center may well have been the best I have ever been in.

The Town

Del Mar has a lot going for it. The area has great beaches stretching from Torrey Pines State Park all the way north to Camp Pendleton. The Del Mar Racetrack has been constantly updated and probably has the finest Turf Club in the U.S. All of the activities of San Diego such as Sea World and the San Diego Zoo are just a short drive from this quieter upscale community. Even closer are Torrey Pines Golf Course, Scripps Clinic, UCSD, and La Jolla. Did I forget the weather? With one of the lowest rainfall counts in the U.S., you are almost guaranteed good weather on any visit.

The Golf

The Grand Golf Club winds its way through 380 yards of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. This is San Diego’s only design by famed golf architect Tom Fazio. His specialty is to design a course that can be enjoyed be many levels of golfers. Again he has succeeded here with a very fair layout that can be stretched into a challenge from the back tees. The finishing holes here are worth taking another look at. Number 17 is a long par three over water running down the left side and around the green. There is a bailout to the right, but if you want a birdie you will have to challenge the water. The 18th is a great finishing par four, which can be stretched to 421 yards. The approach here looks toward a large waterfall guarding the right-hand side and the elaborate Mediterranean clubhouse in the background.

The Clubhouse area is also very elegant, and diners at the Clubhouse Grill can enjoy great views of golfers finishing their day on hole Number 18. The Grand Golf Club has one of the largest and best practice areas of any golf resort on the West Coast. If you are not a golfer but like to hike there are several trails in the Canyon Preserve. The Grand Del Mar has gone a long way to protect the environment here, making these hikes even more pleasant.

The Grand Del Mar may well be the finest resort in all of California. If you are looking for a truly memorable vacation with an abundance of nearby activities, make sure you get here before the word gets out. For more information visit

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