Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is a world-renowned, two-course destination. Its Legends Course, which locals simply call the South Course, has always been a more player-friendly layout that stretches 6,996 yards from the tips. It’s a parkland style course that features mature trees, gentle doglegs, and water features on both nines. The last few holes on both nines strategically play into the ocean breeze off the Pacific. Guests can also navigate the course on a smooth-cruising Phat Golf Scooter, surf-style Golfboard to heighten the adventure and put some extra excitement into the round. The back nine – combined with nine holes from the Champions course –hosted the PGA TOUR’s Tournament of Champions from 1969 – 1989. An award-winner for decades, the resort has received two prestigious Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Awards, being named among the “Best Resorts in the Americas” and the “Best Golf Schools and Academies.”
Coming in 2024, the all-new Champions Course is getting a completely new course renovation and will be the new home of the Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships in 2024, 2025 and 2026. Sought-after course architect Gil Hanse is handling the major renovation, in which he promises to produce a softer course than the original Dick Wilson design that opened in 1965. Hanse aims to make the layout slightly lower in the ground and feel more connected to the landforms, while relying more on native vegetation. He is also looking to bring in some of the feel from historic designers like George C. Thomas or Alistair Mackenzie who created vintage Southern California layouts. The number of bunkers will be reduced and strategically placed distinctly different surrounds, and the fairways will be wider with more strategic approach angles. Ultimately it will be an enjoyable test of golf for the gamut of skill levels, with the championship pedigree you would expect. There will be a wide combination of setup options, with different tee boxes, new playing angles and challenging hole locations.