Is Carlton oaks any good?
It's a really good layout (Phil Mickelson cut his teeth there).
They lost the greens last year (self inflicted) and I've heard it's not back in shape yet.
Steele Canyon (play the Canyon/Ranch nines) is a really good golf course that people don't talk about.
Golf Club of California is a really good track.
Pala Mesa (right next door to GC CA) used to be really good (tight!) but I haven't played there in a long time.
If I'm going all the way to Temecula, I'm driving past Temecula Creek Inn and going to Red Hawk.
I've played TCI twice and was completely unimpressed both times.
And if you get a chance, get out and play Barona after 11:00 it's $64 and well worth it. I've never had to wait past 11:30, and most times get out by myself, and can either fly or practice at my own pace. Usually very easy to play through any foursomes.
It can get hot out there in the summer, but worth the trip.
Edited by Reif, 25 July 2012 - 10:49 PM.