The Loma Club

Historical Golf, just minutes from downtown San Diego

What an awesome logo!
What an awesome logo!

While in San Diego, Menekse and I had the pleasure to play golf at The Loma Club.  The Loma Club is one of San Diego’s oldest courses and is located just minutes from downtown.  It sits in Liberty Station, which is one of cities many cool areas.

I have played The Loma Club before.  I (James) lived in San Diego many many years ago, and back then The Loma Club was known as Sail Ho, and it was a military course.  I guess I have forgotten how I was able to play there (most likely a call placed by the pro at Torrey Pines helped), but I really don’t remember Sail Ho being quite as cool as The Loma Club is today!

As mentioned, The Club is literally located just minutes from downtown, and it’s even closer to the airport.  It is so close that you could probably deboard your plane and be on the first tee before the other passengers on your flight have even picked up their luggage!

Getting ready

Prior to our game, we had the pleasure to sit down with Jake Fredericks, the General Manager of the Club, to find out what makes the Loma Club such a cool place.  Even with its proximity to downtown, I think we could safely say that The Loma Club flies under the radar.  The course is relatively unknown to tourists, and many golfers that live in San Diego County probably haven’t heard of it either.  But, as Mr Fredericks explained, the course has a dedicated following by the local golfers of the surrounding area.  And sitting there, we could feel the almost “surfer” like cool vibe of the place! 

The Clubhouse
The Clubhouse

Built in 1922, the stucco Clubhouse is recognized by the National Register of Historical Places as a Historic Use Golf Clubhouse.  Once you find yourself inside, take a few minutes to check out the multiple old black and white pictures that celebrate San Diego’s long history with the game.  In fact, Sam Snead acted as the head Golf Professional here while he served in the Navy.  How is that for some golf history!

National Register of Historical Places as a Historic Use Golf Clubhouse

National Register of Historical Places as a Historic Use Golf Clubhouse
The original course map
The original course map

One of many things that we really loved about this historic clubhouse is the chalkboard menu that indicates the course rates.  And with a weekday rate of 16 dollars, we don’t think you’ll find a better deal anywhere in golf! 

The daily menu!
We’ll take the daily special please!

The course record is 22.  Yes, twenty-two!  And it looks like it has been twice.  One of the rounds even included a bogey! 6 2’s, 2 3’s, and heaven forbid one 4- we’ve never seen a scorecard quite like this!

Course record
The course record is safe!

Let’s play!

Getty ready
Getting ready
Lets play!
Lets play!
The first tee
The first tee

The course itself comes in at just over 1100 yards.  The all par 3 nine holes range in length from the 77 yard 5th hole to the 204 yard downhill 7th hole.  While it may only be 1100 yards, don’t think that The Loma Club is a pushover, because it certainly isn’t.  This makes the pair of 22’s hanging on the wall even that more impressive!

Course views
Course views
Some more course views
More course views

Our favourite hole was easily the courses signature hole, the par 3 5th hole.  This short downhill hole offers amazing panoramic views of downtown San Diego, as well as the harbour.  We let the amazing view distract us as we both pulled our shots left of the small green. 

The 5th tee
The 5th tee
What a view!
What a view!

The greens were the biggest surprise- they were firm, quick and were in absolutely great shape.  The Kikuyu grass provides great tight lies and provided me of a lot of great memories of my time spent working at Torrey Pines

Great memories!
Great memories!

The Loma Club has kept some of its Sail Ho history.  One of the coolest nod to its former heritage are the yardage markers that are on each tee, and still have the old Sail Ho ball signage.   

Tee box details
Tee box details!

After your round, treat yourself to a delicious local San Diego IPA on the patio, add up the damage, and reflect on this hidden gem.

Adding up the damage
Adding up the damage
Clubhouse patio
When you can add ’em up here, who cares what the damage is!
A great day!
What a great day at The Loma Club!
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