Named for the five bridges, or crossings, that were designed into the course to meet environmental and topographical conditions, the course is nestled among more than 1,000 acres of Carlsbad’s coastal terrain and natural habitat. The 18-hole championship municipal golf course is framed by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Southern California Peninsular Mountain Ranges in the distant east. The Crossings at Carlsbad features a lighted practice center and access to The Crossings Trail, a three-mile round-trip walking path linked to Carlsbad’s extensive trail system.
The stately, 28,000-square-foot castle-style clubhouse is complete with a golf shop, banquet facilities, a spacious fireplace-lit dining room, full-service kitchen, and an outdoor deck with ocean views. The Canyons Restaurant, located in the clubhouse, is destined to become a gathering place both before and after golf.
Operated by KemperSports, the 6,835-yard public course features multiple options and terrain to challenge golfers of all skill levels. Golfers will find five separate teeing areas at each hole, generous fairways, large greens, state-of-the-art amenities like in-cart global positioning systems, and electric golf carts to travel along the seven-mile cart path that meanders about the course.
KemperSports officials estimate that 20,950 rounds of golf will be played on the course through the end of this year. For 2008, that figure is estimated at 58,600 rounds.
For more information on The Crossings at Carlsbad, visit www.thecrossingsatcarlsbad.com.
New Oregon Course
Oregon has its own version of the Crossings in the recently opened Bandon Crossings Golf Course. Located five miles north of Bandon on U.S. Highway 101, Bandon Crossings is designed to complement but not compete with Bandon Dunes Golf Resort to the north. The two courses are not affiliated.
Built on a breathtaking 340-acre parcel, the par 72, 18-hole course measures 6,855 yards from the tips, with 65 bunkers and many challenging contoured fairways. Most fairways are lined with the local vegetation—native huckleberry and rhododendron bushes, tall grasses and wildflowers, and towering trees, including firs, cedars, pines, madronas and cypress. A little over a mile from the Pacific Ocean, Bandon Crossings is built on former sand dunes and offers year-round playability. It has a distinctly coastal feel, yet is somewhat removed from direct coastal winds.
With green fees at roughly a third of those at Bandon Dunes, Bandon Crossings is fast becoming a local favorite. Its green fees are $75 a round. Already a world-renowned golf destination, Bandon has lacked a quality 18-hole golf course with an option for cart usage. Bandon Crossings give you that option.
For more information on Bandon Crossings, visit www.bandoncrossings.com.
The 19th Hole (and a few chip shots)
Though most golf courses don’t have lightning-warning systems, you can protect yourself by carrying a simple, yet effective personal lightning detector called StrikeAlert. Developed by an engineer who had a close call with lightning, StrikeAlert is used by outdoor enthusiasts like golfers, walkers and bikers.
About the size of a beeper, the StrikeAlert unit operates on two AAA batteries. According to Gail Gulsvig, the company’s customer service manager, StrikeAlert can detect lightning from as far away as 40 miles. “Our focus with StrikeAlert has been to provide an accurate, portable and inexpensive product to help those who enjoy outdoors avoid the dangers of lightning,” says Gulsvig.
According to the National Lightning Safety Group, lightning is the most frequently encountered weather hazard and is, on average, the number one cause of storm-related deaths. The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates there are 200 deaths and 750 severe injuries from lightning each year in the U.S. Though lightning is experienced in all regions, the states with the most lightning deaths and injuries include Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia and Colorado.
Originally developed in 2000 by Outdoor Technologies of Colorado Springs, Colorado, StrikeAlert has undergone several updates. It’s weatherproof, and can be used in all outdoor temperature ranges, even when exposed to rain. The detector is housed in a small pager-like casing that can be clipped on a belt loop. An audible alarm sounds when there’s a strike and a corresponding LED light illuminates accordingly at lightning distances of 20-40 miles, 12-24 miles, 6-12 miles and within 6 miles.
According to Gulsvig, StrikeAlert uses a trend of strike distances from the previous five minutes to determine if a storm is approaching, departing, or stationary. If the LED cycles from green to red, the storm is approaching. If the LED cycles from red to green, the storm is departing. If it cycles from the center LED to the outside LEDs, the storm is stationary, or there’s not enough data to determine the storm’s direction.
Either way, it’s best to have this handy safety device while on the golf course. StrikeAlert retails for $79.99 and can be ordered online at www.strikealert.com.
Rick Stedman is an avid RVer, golfer and writer who lives in Yakima, Washington. He can be reached at email@example.com