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Twin Oaks

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Twin Oaks Golf Club by Martin Olivera

This scenic 18-hole layout, one of nine managed by JC Resorts, is located in the vicinity of San Marcos. Its one of the several golf courses located along the "I-15 golf corridor", about 40 miles north of San Diego.

If youve been missing excellent customer service, youll get a refreshing reminder as soon as you get to Twin Oaks. A member of the staff will promptly get to your car to greet you and offer assistance, and leave a golf cart for your perusal. A nice beginning, with a touch of class from fine management.

Course architect Ted Robinson designed a track that features a good balance of target-oriented and wide open holes. Narrow holes -- the first four, in particular -- demand accuracy to avoid the perils of hazards and boundaries, whereas open holes are defended by bunkering, changes in elevation, and undulating fairways. The common challenge are the fast, well-conditioned tiered greens. The overall length from the tips is 6,535 yards, with the back nine probably a couple of shots more difficult than the front nine.

The strength of this design is not length, but accuracy off the tee and on the approach, even for the wide open holes. But dont let the lack of yardage fool you into believing you are playing an easy course. The PGA TOUR selected Twin Oaks as the venue for the 2006 Buick Invitational pre-qualifying tournament. Players have to deal with uneven stances on the fairways, and being on the wrong side of the green may easily result in 3-putts. The longest par-4, the 14th hole, is only medium-length -- at 388 yards ? and, amusingly, doesnt even require a driver off the tee. The key to this hole is strategic placement -- a 3-wood or an iron is a must, if the player wants to avoid an extreme downhill lie for the approach shot to the green. The lack of length of the par-4 holes are well balanced -- particularly in the back nine -- by two par-5s measuring over 550 yards, and three par-3s over 190 yards. The variety of terrain, length and width is what makes this golf course so interesting and somewhat demanding. Water comes seriously into play in three holes, #7 -- the shortest of the par-3s at 170 yards, all carry over a pond --, #9 -- protecting the green front and right --, and #15 -- arguably the most picturesque of the 18 holes, presenting a true risk-reward situation off the tee that involves water on the left side. The approach shot with water in the foreground and the mountains as background is worth a picture.

This golf course is adjacent to a protected natural habitat, and the land it occupies was once populated by the Luiseno Indians. Proof of that is the rocky area semi-hidden on the left side of the 6th hole. A plaque indicates that the rocks were used by the Luisenos to grind collected acorns. If you hook your drive into this historical site, you get to read the plaque ... and a free drop.

The facilities include a fully stocked pro shop, banquet space for groups up to 200, and the elegant Stixx Restaurant and Sports Bar. An outdoor, hilltop patio with a fireplace overlooks the golf course and adds to the cozy ambiance. One of the strengths of Twin Oaks is the experienced staff of PGA professionals. They help coordinate and assist the organization of group outings and private tournaments.

For more information about Twin Oaks visit, or call the Pro-Shop at 760-591-4700. For all your golf information and outing needs in the San Diego area, visit San Diego Golf at

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