La Costa: Come for the Tennis stay for the Golf
The upscale community of La Costa in the city of Carlsbad, just east of the Batiquitos Lagoon, is known for its acclaimed golf and tennis tournaments.
History: Development began in the mid-1960s when Allard Roen and his partners bought the land for a residential and recreational community called Rancho La Costa. Carlsbad’s therapeutic waters inspired the idea of adding a spa, and in 1965, La Costa became the first U.S. resort to offer a full-service spa. The inn turned into a country club that became popular with the rich and famous. La Costa went on to host major golf and tennis events, such as the Davis Cup, the Mercedes Championships (originally the Tournament of Champions) and the Kia Classic.
How it got its name: Named by its developers, la costa means “the coast” in Spanish.
Landmarks: The resort and spa, now owned by Omni Hotels & Resorts, are the nucleus of La Costa, which is also home to the Chopra Center. Many of the homes are built around the two championship golf courses, the site of dozens of PGA events. The Leo Carillo Ranch Historic Park was once home to the Hollywood actor best known for his role as Pancho in the “Cisco Kid.” He acquired the land in 1937 and built an authentic working California rancho.
Things to do: La Costa channels its Hollywood connection with an annual film festival.
Notable locals: Tennis player Rod Laver retired here.
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