San Luis Rey Downs golf course in Bonsall, California

Not what I was expecting to find on a golf course

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I love golf courses, but not because I play golf. I never have, although I remember caddying a few times for family and friends. Actually, I did play Torrey Pines here in San Diego (site of the 2008 U.S. Open won by Tiger Woods) in 1994. Par was 72. I shot a 154. My friends were making fun of me, but as I pointed out to them, they paid $35 greens fees for one round of golf while I paid the same amount for two rounds of golf. They didn’t think that was funny.

What I like about golf courses is that they usually are always full of interesting trees, bushes, shrubs, and flowering plants—mini-arboretums. Thus I try to explore golf courses whenever possible. Quite often, though, they are fenced and available only to members. And even if they are not, they usually aren’t welcoming to photographers exploring the grounds looking for photo opportunities.

Yesterday, on my way to Bonsall Elementary School to teach chess class as a substitute teacher, I found a golf course across from the school. Bonsall is out in the boondocks, so I was a little surprised at the location of the elementary school and golf course. Since I arrived an hour early, I went over to the golf course to explore. Smack dab (smack dab?) in the middle of the golf course I found this:

San Luis Rey Downs golf course in Bonsall, California

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Yep. A railroad caboose (smile if you remember cabooses) smack dab in the middle of the golf course. The little building, made to look like a miniature train depot, has restrooms and a drinking fountain.

The elementary school and a church are completely surrounded by the San Luis Rey Downs Golf & Country Club.

Location of Bonsall Elementary and San Luis Rey Downs Golf & Country Club in Bonsall, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Location of San Luis Rey Downs Golf & Country Club in Bonsall, California

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Bonsall, called an “affluent bedroom community,” is an area of multi-million dollar horse properties, and San Luis Rey Downs is a thriving horse training facility, which the picture below, taken two miles down the road, does not indicate:

San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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