Sports and Recreation

San Diego is home to three developed regional parks: Balboa, Mission Bay, and Presidio. Balboa features over 15,000 trees, 14 specialty gardens, 14 museums, and almost 100 organizations that encompass arts, recreation, education, sports, and social functions. Balboa is also home to the Old Globe Theater and San Diego Zoo. Mission Bay has the world's largest public man made water recreational facility in its 4,235 acres that are equally split between land and water. Presidio Bay overlooks Mission Bay, Mission Valley, San Diego Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. Its 50 acres include the Serra Museum, which offers historical information about San Diego and Presidio Bay.

San Diego is also home to a handful of open space parks. For hiking and camping, you can't go wrong with Mission Trails Park, which houses Kumeyaay Campground. The Tri-Canyon Parks consist of Tecolate Canyon Natural Park, Marian Bear Memorial Park, and Rose Canyon Open Space Park. They offer numerous opportunities for biking, hiking, and bird watching. San Diego offers preservation for endangered and rare animal and plant species in Mission Valley Preserve and Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. Los Peñasquitos boasts over 30 miles of multi-use trails to view 14 different types of habitats. Other notable open space parks that are ideal for hiking and bird watching are Black Mountain, Otay Valley Regional Park, and San Pasqual / Clevenger Canyon.

There are three municipal golf courses in San Diego that are operated by their Park & Recreation Department: Balboa Park, Torrey Pines, and Mission Bay Golf Course and Practice Center.

Right in the middle of downtown San Diego, Balboa Park has a nine-hole executive course and an 18-hole championship course, all of which were recently renovated and have new cart paths. San Diego and Coronado are visible from many course holes. Torrey Pines hosts the Buick Invitational PGA TOUR event and offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Finally, the Mission Bay Golf Course and Practice Center has an 18-hole executive course that was expanded in the early 1960s from the original nine-hole course. The course is housed on 46 acres in downtown San Diego and measures 2,719 yards. It is the only San Diego golf course to feature night lighting.

Consult local listings for information about tee times for San Diego residents and non-residents.