When you visit Carlsbad, you are immediately immersed in the world of golf. Coined the golf equipment capital of the world, the city located due north of San Diego by 30 miles, right along the Pacific Ocean, is where many golf equipment manufacturers are headquartered. That movement started back in the early 1990s, when Ely Callaway relocated his blossoming club company to this suburb from a more inland area, primarily because of the perfect weather, access to plenty of engineers, and a then-reasonable cost of real estate.
After Callaway settled in town, other companies like Taylor Made (spelled as two words back in the day) and Cobra soon set up shop nearby. Even now, the headquarters of all three companies lie within a half-mile of one another. Plus, the likes of Titleist, Puma Golf, Odyssey, Honma Golf, Ogio, adidas Golf, Adams, Fujikura, Aldila, Mitsubishi, KBS, Nickent, Vessel Golf, Full Swing Golf, True Temper and other brands have planted their roots in town, or close by, as well. It often seems like you can’t go to any lunch or dinner spot in Carlsbad without running into someone from the golf industry.