Maderas is a bit of a hike from downtown San Diego but it is worth the drive. It's a newer course that has a very mature feel to it. The holes wind there way through several ravines offering much elevation change, some views and tight fairways. It's also easy to get distracted by some of the palatial homes that peer down on the course.
What we really enjoyed about the course is the seclusion - it's quiet and you really don't see any of the other holes as you play the course. The greens are also extremely tough thanks to severe undulation.
You are far enough away from the ocean to get much warmer temperatures and the day we played there was little breeze.
My beefs: the price - $170 per player - and at that amount you think you would get GPS in the golf carts. The staff also didn't strictly enforce Maderas' much hyped 4 hour 30 minute round. We never saw a couse marshall after the seventh hole. The group in front of us was brutal with their pace of play.
Maderas could be a five star course if they would work on the little things.
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