Rancho Bernardo Inn

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Old-growth trees dot Rancho Bernardo Inn’s 18-hole championship golf course, giving players shade and dramatic sun-dappled light.

The Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California, opened its doors to guests in 1963 and within a year the retreat offered travelers a chance to experience a championship golf course. Today, it offers cultural heritage travelers the opportunity to play 6,631 yards of rolling green hills. The resort itself was inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2021. The course at Rancho Bernardo Inn was designed in 1964 by William F. Bell, Jr., son of golf course architect William Park Bell. Bell and his father are well-known for their work designing award-winning championship golf courses across the west coast and southwest, especially in California, Arizona, and Nevada. The course at Rancho Bernardo Inn has hosted events sponsored by the Professional Golf Association (PGA), starting with the San Diego Open that year. Art Wall Jr., won the resort’s inaugural tournament, beating both Tony Lema and Bob Rosburg by two strokes each. The LPGA then hosted the Honda Civic Classic at the Rancho Bernardo Inn from 1978 to 1980, as well. Golfing legend JoAnne Carner won two of the three competitions, which further solidified her status as one of the foremost athletes within professional golf. (Her three different career USGA wins places her on par with the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tiger Woods.) Guests today can play the 18 holes at Rancho Bernardo Inn and keep playing throughout the region: During a stay at Rancho Bernardo Inn, guests have access to additional courses throughout the San Diego region, thanks to the inn’s relationship with JC Golf Management.


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