Balboa Park Footgolf Course
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2600 Golf Course Dr, San Diego, CA 92102
Designed by FootGolf SD
Sloping fairways and thick rough
Perhaps the hardest course in town
The first course in town designed by FootGolf SD, this 18-hole layout is integrated into the well maintained executive 9-hole golf course, which offers thick rough, sloping fairways, and many large eucalyptus trees to navigate. These features make it the most challenging footgolf course in the county. A mix of tough pin placements, deceptive short holes, and uphill tee shots offer a unique course that will require total focus from experienced players, and a chance to improve for beginners. Some highlights:
Par 4, 110 yards
Right off the bat, players are forced to deal with the sloping fairway at Balboa. The flag is on the right side of the rough behind some trees, so the natural shot is towards the open fairway. However, it slopes away from the hole, leaving a tough uphill second shot. The approach has to overcome sticky rough and a grass filled-bunker area to the left of the hole.
Par 5, 129 yards
The distance on this hole is not as it seems. The tee box location and elevated green doesn’t allow for a straight shot to the hole. Instead, players must try to minimize the slope of the fairway on the drive, which favors a left footed tee shot. Reaching the green in two is difficult, as any shot short or left will roll back down the hill. A small green requires finesse for a chance at a birdie or par putt.
Par 4, 105 yards
The tee shot here is crucial, as it is a long uphill drive. The secret is to aim to the left side of the fairway, so the ball will settle in the rough and not roll back down the fairway. A powerful approach to avoid a bunker and some trees will reward players with a good birdie opportunity.
Par 3, 98 yards
A short but accurate hole, a good tee shot is needed to avoid the bunker on the left and the golf green on the right. From there, the chance for birdie requires putting over a hill and getting a soft roll down towards the hole.
Par 4, 112 yards
The location of the flagstick demands a very good approach shot. Tucked in between the golf green on one side and a tee box, fencing, and trees on the other, going left or right will make getting par difficult.
Par 3, 80 yards
A hole that is close enough to reach, but not so fast… the sloping fairway requires players to kick the ball well to the right of the hole, but not too far right or they will miss the break entirely and end up on the golf green. Also on the right is hill just short of the green, which also affects the ball trajectory. The deep rough will also slow the ball down, so there is a lot to take into account from the tee.
Par 4, 106 yards
The last hole has the most difficult tee shot of the course. The landing area for the drive is a fairway that falls steeply away from the hole, leaving a tough uphill second shot. With some trees to the right of the hole, the approach needs to be accurate, but not too strong, or obstacles will impede a birdie try. If nothing else, players will be rewarded with great views of downtown after an adventurous round.