In search of a spiritual awakening - or at least a few pars - at Omni La Costa Resort in San Diego



The 11th hole of the Champions Course at 36-hole Omni La Costa Resort in San Diego. (Courtesy of Omni La Costa)
Omni La Costa Resort in San Diego (Courtesy of Omni La Costa)
The short par-4 15th hole on the Champions course at Omni La Costa. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Omni La Costa Resort in San Diego (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
A rainbow casts down on the Legends Course at Omni La Costa Resort. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The finishing hole of the Legends Course at Omni La Costa. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The par-4 7th hole on the Champions is a dogleg left that heads downhill. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The par-5 10th hole on the Champions is guarded by water on the left. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Hillsides surround the golf holes at Omni La Costa, which creates a neat amphitheater effect. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The 13th hole on the Champions is a narrow, short par 4. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
The Champions Course can play as difficult as a 140 slope and 75.1 rating. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Comfort stations are well-attended at Omni La Costa's two layouts. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Omni La Costa has a long history with the PGA Tour, having hosted the Tournament of Champions and WGC Match Play. (Courtesy of Omni La Costa)
Guest rooms at Omni La Costa are spacious, many of which have patios or balconies. (Courtesy of Omni La Costa)
The 16th hole, which can be seen from the resort, is one of the most picturesque at Omni La Costa Resort. (Courtesy of Omni La Costa)
The 18th hole is a risk-reward par 5 on the Champions Course at Omni La Costa. (Courtesy of Omni La Costa)
The 13th hole of the Legends Course at Omni La Costa. (Courtesy of Omni La Costa)
Plenty of bunkers await errant drives on the 4th hole of the Champions Course. (Courtesy of Omni La Costa)
The par-3 11th hole at the Legends Course at Omni La Costa Resort. (Courtesy of Omni La Costa)
The 15th hole of the Legends Course at Omni La Costa Resort. (Courtesy of Omni La Costa)

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Mingle in one of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa's bars or restaurants, and you're as likely to find yourself in a discussion about Ayurveda, spirituality and wellness as any debate about Tiger vs. Jack.

That was my experience at least, during more than one of my meals at the resort. Students in town for an itinerary of meditation, massage and the eternal search for inner peace mingle with those here for unlimited golf packages.

Suffice to say, guests at this 600-plus-room retreat are going to be on very different itineraries, whether it's tennis, spa, Ayurveda or golf.

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Golf at this 36-hole resort is just a small slice of the soul that is this pioneering wellness retreat in Carlsbad that dates back to the 1950s. I was here in the winter, taking dead aim on two of the area's most well-known layouts. Once a PGA Tour host to the Tournament of Champions and WGC Match Play, the 36-hole club has now settled into a niche as a resort-style stay-and-play where golf is a significant piece of the attractions, but there's a whole lot more going on.

In my book, spirituality, can be found alone on an empty golf course on a rainy day. What's more sublime than having these manicured grounds all to yourself, as was the case during my winter round on the Legends Course? As La Costa and the other area courses absorbed a good bit of rainfall for months that helped ease drought conditions, I listened to the hum of raindrops and the heavy whack of wet turf uprooted from the swing of a wedge.

Golfers are of course welcome to embark in soul-searching at the resort's Chopra Center, which helps people "empower themselves, find emotional freedom, and experience spiritual awakening." If that sounds like a lot to process, there is always the simple tranquilities of a massage treatment at the onsite spa.

Also a favorite family resort, kids will find their joys at the water park or after sundown at the adjacent arcade. Guest rooms at Omni La Costa are very spacious, with separate sitting areas and large bathrooms with both bath and shower. Bob's Steak and Chop House is located onsite, as well as Bistro 65 for lighter fare. The sports bar near the hotel lobby is where I spent most of my time between rounds and is a fitting 19th hole with numerous TVs and a solid pub-fare menu. As expected just about anywhere in San Diego, there are plenty of local craft beers on the menu, which in my book can go toe-to-toe with Chopra in terms of bringing balance to the soul.

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More: Visit Omni La Costa's website for travel details and golf packages


Aug 15, 2017

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.


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