We know San Diego’s a great place to live (after all, we live here!) so it should come as no surprise that the City was recently named one of the top 30 best places to live in the US. One of the things that makes San Diego such a great place to work and play, of course, are the dozens of superb golf courses the area has to offer. From the internationally-known Torrey Pines golf club, to municipal courses around San Diego county, there is a golf course for everyone and every ability and price point.

Of critical importance, of course, is taking care of your eyes while you’re out on the links. This is San Diego after all, one of the sunniest places on Earth. You’ll not only want to prep for your hours on the greens with proper clothing and sunscreen, but also by wearing sunglasses that protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Fortunately, getting a pair of sunglasses that protect well and that look good on your face is probably the easiest part of your day. With more than 60 brands and more than 7,000 frames to choose from, Sunglass and Optical Warehouse’s inventory of men’s and women’s sunglasses is one of the largest in the world. We can set you up with some prescription or non-prescription shades just right for you. Hitting that little ball around the fairways (and, more importantly, getting it in the cup), well that’s a whole other story!

The Places to Play in (and around) San Diego County
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course in La JollaOne of Tiger Woods’ favorite courses and home to the 2008 U.S. Open, Torrey Pines Golf Course is actually two courses, the “North” and “South.” The North course offers panoramic views of the coastline and narrow, immaculate fairways and greens. The more challenging South course also offers magnificent views and top conditions, and will see the return of the US Open in 2021.
  • Coronado Golf Course—Situated on beautiful Coronado Island, this municipal course is close to the downtown and the busy waterfront. You’re as likely to see boats sailing by as you are to see Navy helicopters overhead, plus views of the bay and the historic Hotel del Coronado.
  • Maderas Golf Club, Poway—Set in desert surroundings contrasted with five waterfalls and three lakes, Maderas Golf Club is a canyon course featuring challenging long and short holes and narrow fairways. It also made Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.



  • Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad—Step foot on Park Hyatt Aviara’s well-tended grounds and you’ll know at once you’re on a special course . . . and you’d be right since it was designed by Arnold Palmer! With the native wildflowers lining the fairways and numerous, attractive water features, you might just think you’re playing in a botanical garden.
  • Sycuan Golf Resort in El Cajon—Situated in the hills in El Cajon, the Sycuan Golf Resort consists of three courses: Willow Glen, Oak Glen, and the par-three Pine Glen. Immaculate greens and tree-lined fairways make for a relaxing golfing experience that is both challenging and playable.



  • Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course—If the sound of a golf course in the downtown area of a big city doesn’t get you excited, we understand, but don’t count this one out quite yet. Balboa Park Municipal may not get the glory of its better-known brethren, but its canyons and layout make for some interesting terrain and features.
  • Cottonwood Golf Course, El Cajon—Another under-appreciated course, Cottonwood Golf Course consists of two courses: Ivanhoe and the Lakes. Known for their length and their water features, the green fees are very affordable and, according to local legend, the clubhouse serves some of the best hot dogs around.
  • Oaks North Golf Course, Rancho Bernardo—The Oaks North Golf Course is a 27-hole, executive length course that boasts fine greens and challenging fairways, requiring both good drives and precise approaches.

Check out these sunglass brand recommendations for your time on and around the golf course:

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Look Good & See Your Best

Whether you’re golfing, boating, or just hanging out on the beach, Sunglass and Optical Warehouse wants you to look good and see your best. For more than 30 years, we’ve been helping the families of greater San Diego find the eyewear that’s just right for them and/or their family members.

  • Our skilled team of optometrists, opticians, and other eye care professionals can help you explore our collections to help you find a look and a style that’s right for you.
  • Opticians are on-site at all Sunglass & Optical locations, including our Sports Arena Boutique (Hancock Street).

Optometrists practice on-site at our Sports Arena Warehouse (Kurtz Street)  and Kearny Mesa (Convoy Street) locations. While walk-ins are often available, calling ahead to schedule an appointment with them is highly recommended.