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If golf is a big factor when you decide where to vacation, San Diego will not disappoint. Torrey Pines, the renowned 36-hole municipal fa- cility in La Jolla, located 20 minutes north of downtown, offers breath- taking ocean views and premier conditions. The South Course, which hosted the 2008 U.S. Open and will host again in 2021, is a stern test of golf. The North Course recently re-opened after a Tom Weiskopf renovation project. Together, the duo of courses play host to the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open annually. There are plenty of great hotels nearby including the Lodge at Torrey Pines with a cozy California Craftsman feel offering the closest location. Slightly inland with a more upscale experience is the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, rated by TripAdvisor as one of the state's top five luxury hotels. Topping the list of amenities is a highly ranked Tom Fazio course and foodie golfers are treated to two culinary gems led by Addison – a signature restaurant with renowned Chef William Bradley – and the Clubhouse Grill, which offers a great cheeseburger and a choice selection of locally made microbrews. Even further inland tucked into the mountainous Poway region you'll find Maderas Golf Club, voted by Golf Channel as one of the top five courses in San Diego. The high-end daily-fee facility is operated by Troon Golf and offers such upscale amenities as a Tesla car service for visiting golfers. You can even choose to "surf the earth" using a Golf- Board at Maderas if you like. If it's actual surfing you're in the mood for, San Diego offers plenty of breaks along its coastline from Oceanside all the way down to South Bay. San Diego is also home to one of the world's finest zoos, which sits adjacent to the beautiful and boundless Balboa Park. Summer also marks the annual San Diego County Fair with tons of rides, unique foods and family entertainment. The month-long festival stretches from June 2 through July 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Sitting just across the street is the famed Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, where beginning July 17 you can take in world-class horse racing from the comfort of a suite or get close to the action with stadium seating. At the end of the day, be sure to take in the sizzling nightlife of the Gaslamp Quarter – which offers enough dining options to fit everyone's taste. 46 SPRING 2017 | WWW.NCGA.ORG Gaslamp Quarter S an Diego County Fair Fun Zone at Night Del Mar Race Horses at the Starting Gate LEFT: JOHN BAHU; MIDDLE AND BOTTOM: SAN DIEGO.ORG

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