At the terminus of Wildcat Canyon Road 30 miles east of San Diego is a $225 million ranch-themed resort and casino conceived by the Barona Band of Mission Indians in 2001. Ringed by sage-covered hills, the resort’s AAA Four Diamond, 400-room hotel boasts a deluxe spa, several excellent restaurants, and a bustling casino with 2,000 slots, video poker machines, and over 80 table games. For golfers, the big draw is Barona Creek Golf Club, a stellar layout defined by huge native oaks, tawny rock outcrops, multi-fingered bunkers, and a chain of lakes fed by meandering creeks. This firm, fast track encourages bump-and-run shots. The greens are among the slickest in the state.