“The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if someone put a flagstick on top” – Pete Dye.

What Makes a Bucket List Golf Course?

The “Bucket List” – golfers everywhere are putting theirs together. Daydreaming together the destinations is half the joy, with the ultimate fulfillment coming from the adventurous pursuit. Some destinations, like Bandon Dunes, have become ubiquitous on the “Bucket List”. Bandon even inspires a list within their destination (“Next time, you have to play Pacific Dunes!”) Some golf courses, however, require just a bit more digging. Enter Rams Hill Golf Club, a hidden gem in San Diego County that is worthy of skyrocketing up your golf course bucket list.

What makes a golf course bucket list worthy? Some may be most interested in a compelling layout – from thoughtful routing to thought-provoking green complexes. Others want to uncover the more obscure courses in the world, adding unique and often hard-to-acquire flair to one’s collection.

Rams Hill is a must-play for golfers in Southern California and beyond. At Rams Hill, the inspiring golf dances in perfect harmony with the sublime desert setting. Complementing the natural beauty, at Rams Hill you are in the desert, rather than plopped on top of it. Panoramic views for miles, dramatic elevation changes and picturesque desert landscapes all make for stunning beauty beyond the golf. The main attraction, however, is certainly the masterpiece that is Rams Hill, designed by the legendary Tom Fazio.

In the summer of 2024, Rams Hill is completing Phase Two of a multi-million dollar golf course renovation, including brand new putting greens and new turfgrass throughout the entirety of the golf course. With sustainability at the heart of this renovation, Rams Hill will be drastically reducing water usage while also improving playing conditions. Similar eco-friendly initiatives like reusable aluminum water bottles and a solar array powering the property also add to Rams Hill’s charm.

Putting green, bunkers, and water feature on Hole 11 with the desert and mountains in the background.

Stay & Play Golf Packages

To make the most out of an adventure to Rams Hill, consider one of the many Stay & Play packages available. Truly the best way to elevate your golfing experience, a Rams Hill Stay & Play allows for the traveling golfer to explore all that Borrego Springs has to offer: from the Galleta Meadows to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  It’s truly a Golfer’s Dream Getaway: Golf Trip Packages designed to create unforgettable memories. Or, for those in search of a little friendly competition, schedule your getaway around The Ramateur – Rams Hill’s annual tournament for players of all skill levels. 

Building a Bucket List means pursuing that which requires commitment! After all, if it were too easy to tick off, they’d just call it a To-Do list! To that end, the journey to Rams Hill is an integral part of the adventure. Those traveling by car are in for an unforgettable road trip. Well outside the hustle and bustle of the city streets, meandering through vast open desert, up and over mountains, the road to Rams Hill is well worth the drive, leading you to a true Golf Oasis

Backyard private pool at the Happy Days Estate. One of the stay and play options at Rams Hill Golf Club.

Why Rams Hill Deserves a Spot on Your Bucket List

Bucket List courses take many forms. Some chase those “As Seen on TV”: St. Andrews, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Kiawah Island. Others want a notorious test like Bethpage Black. Some may want to tick off “the best of the Caribbean” like Teeth of the Dog in the Dominican Republic. For others, it’s an impossible-to-get-on Private Club like National Golf Links. 

However, for those in search of great golf in a spectacular setting, one guaranteed to make a memory for life, look no further than Rams Hill Golf Club. As golf travelers everywhere are attesting, Rams Hill is a destination worthy of your Bucket List.

Aerial view of multiple holes at Rams Hill Golf Club with the desert landscape and mountains in the background