Balboa Park Golf Course

The 18-hole course at Balboa Park, in the heart of downtown San Diego, is where Phil Mickelson learned the game. 

You know I’m a sucker for a true muni and this is about as good as it gets.

The clubhouse is perched atop a hill and has the bare essentials, not much more.  I always make a point to have lunch in the restaurant.  The food isn’t about to win any Michelin awards but, it’s everything it should be – hearty, cheap, and filling. 

The course isn’t a pushover by any means.  Narrow fairways, small greens, and elevation changes present a tough, but fair test.

For as much play as this course gets, I’m always astounded with how great the conditions are. 

A top-5 muni of all time in my book.

Paul Liberatore
Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast both on Apple and Spotify talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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