Singing Hills Resort

The Dehesa Indians, who once lived just east of El Cajon California, said that the hills surrounding their homeland would "sing" when the wind blew through the valley. It was a peaceful, gentle sound that let them know everything was all right. Today, the wind still blows through this valley, and yes, everything is still all right in this beautiful area just 30-minutes east of downtown San Diego.

Singing Hills Resort has created a place for golfers and vacationers, to kick back and enjoy the games they love to play. The resort sits on 420-acres of land, surrounded by desert hills that almost give you the feel of being in a volcano crater. Don't worry though; the only eruptions around here are the screams of excitement from people having a great time!

In the decades before it became a golf course, the property was operated as a vineyard, commercial olive grove, celery farm and cattle ranch. Almost 4,000 of the original olive trees from the commercial grove still remain on the property. The resort offers 54-holes of golf, two championship 18-hole courses and a 18-hole, par-54 executive course that's 3,000 yards long. For golfers, the scenery is truly a feast for your eyes, and the layout, will truly test your skills.

The courses were first designed by Cecil Hollingsworth in 1956. 1980 brought a huge amount of rainfall to the area and the flooding created, forced a re-design of the two 18's by Ted Robinson and Dave Flemming. Very mature trees line the fairly flat, straight-ahead fairways on the Oak Glen course, while the Willow Glen course offers you more of a rolling hills type of layout. The par-3 number four hole stands out with it's elevated tee that gives you a great view of the valley floor.

The Willow Glen course is the bigger of the two measuring out at 6,605 yards from the blues, with a 72.0 rating and 124 slope. Greens on this course are in the 3-5,000 square foot range, and will stick when you need them too. Over on the Oak Glen course, it gets a little tighter and shorter. Mature oaks and sycamores add a major challenge to your day if you stray off the fairway too far. The course is 6,489 from the blues with a 70.0 rating and a 121 slope.

In 1998, Singing Hills Willow Glen course was named Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association and has been host to PGA, USGA, SCGA, LPGA and NCAA tournaments and qualifying rounds. Tennis players can also get their fill at the resort with 11-lighted courts to play on and group and individual instruction for all levels of play. 102 rooms and suites also will help give you some needed relaxation after a day full of recreation.

The resort also has The School of Golf for Women, which is the only golf school exclusively for women, taught by women on the West Coast. Don't worry guys; there is a full-service teaching program for you also.

If an enjoyable day or week sounds good to you, come to Singing Hills Resort, where if you're lucky, the hills will sing for you too.

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