The good news is 2014 Senior Four-Ball Championship is full. We have 13 teams on the waiting list. The bad news is that Rancho Bernardo Inn is totally booked. Alternate hotels in the area are:
Hilton Garden Inn 858-676-1660 – (0.6 miles away
Marriott Courtyard 858-613-2000 – (1.1 miles away)
The RB Inn course is 50 years old, and the great thing is that it has all of the benefits of being that age with few of the problems. Thanks to the updating of its bunkers a few years ago, and the continued fine maintenance of the beautiful greens, this is a course that remains contemporary, without being tricked up, and wholly enjoyable.
The strength of RBI is its variety of holes and the greens, which a golfer will come to appreciate more with each round played here. The greens are mid-sized and most have only gentle slopes. But find yourself pin-high looking at a 10-foot putt, and a wicked break is bound to be there. This is not a bombers’ course either, because there are hazards or out of bounds on nearly every hole to gobble up wayward shots.
The 100-yard 13th looks and feels like it was jammed in at the last minute. Don’t be fooled by the length, though; the little green has few flat spots and wedges are often pulled way left or come up short in the big bunker on the right.
The 508-yard, dogleg right 18th is one of the best finishing holes in the county. It requires three quality shots: a long drive to set up a strategic layup between a lake and the trees, and finally an approach shot over a creek. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen golfers dump it into the water on a seemingly easy wedge shot. The three-tiered green is no bargain either.