Torrey Pines (South) - California - USA

Torrey Pines,
11480 North Torrey Pines Road,
La Jolla,
California (CA) 92037,
USA


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Torrey Pines is situated on cliff tops some 20 minutes to the north of San Diego and is one of the best municipal golf facilities in the USA. The name Torrey Pines is derived from the trees on the two courses, which are the rarest pines trees in the country and can only be found at a few locations – Santa Rosa Island off the coast of Santa Barbara and here in San Diego at the course and within the State Reserve.

Farmers Insurance winners:

2018 - J Day
2017 - J Rahm
2016 - B Snedeker
2015 - J Day
2014 - S Stallings
2013 - T Woods
2012 - B Snedeker
2011 - B Watson
2010 - B Crane
2009 - N Watney
2008 - T Woods
2007 - T Woods
2006 - T Woods
2005 - T Woods
2004 - J Daly
2003 - T Woods
2002 - J M Olazabal
2001 - P Mickelson
2000 - P Mickelson
1999 - T Woods
1998 - S Simpson
1997 - M O'Meara
1996 - D Love
1995 - P Jacobsen
1994 - C Stadler
1993 - P Mickelson

There are two courses at Torrey Pines, which are owned and maintained by the City of San Diego, and they are both used to host the Farmers Insurance Open (formerly the Buick Invitational) each year at the start of the Tour season. The North and South courses are used for the first two rounds before play reverts to the South course for the final two rounds over the weekend.

It is said when comparing both courses that the South course is longer and more difficult whilst the North is more scenic though both are pretty tight with penal rough – they are also said to contain elements of Pebble Beach which is praise indeed!

With mountains to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Torrey Pines was created on the site of a former military training centre. It was designed by William F. Bell and completed in 1957. The course was renovated by local hero Billy Casper and his design partner David Rainville in the late 1970s. Rees Jones then completely rejuvenated the South course in 2001 at a cost of $3.5 million, moving four greens, almost doubling the number of bunkers and adding ten new tees, taking the championship yardage to a staggering 7,607 yards.

Panoramic views from the course are thrown in for free when you pay a very modest green fee but beware of the elements – it is not always sunny in California and adverse weather conditions in the shape of fog, wind and rain can sometimes spoil your round.

It is widely known that Tiger Woods won four consecutive Buick titles between 2005 and 2008 and that Phil Mickelson lifted the trophy three times (1993, 2000 and 2001). Less well known is that, Ernie Els and Nick Price have also won here before turning professional at the Junior World Championship which is held every July.

The Torrey Pines South course is held in such esteem that the US Open was staged here in 2008, only the second municipal course ever to hold the event. Tiger Woods won the event, claiming his 14th major title, after defeating fellow American Rocco Mediate at the first sudden-death hole of a thrilling US Open play-off. The championship will also be remembered for his battle through the pain barrier… this was Tiger’s first tournament since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee two months earlier. Tiger claims his 14th Major

Both Torrey Pines courses are available for public play although getting tee times can be a problem. Most tee times are only available via a telephone tee time lottery which takes place every day at 7.00 p.m. for tee times 7 days ahead. In theory, all phones in the world have an equal chance of a “lucky ring" and a confirmed tee time in this unique Torrey Pines lottery.

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Description: Torrey Pines is situated on cliff tops some 20 minutes to the north of San Diego and is one of the best municipal golf facilities in the USA. Rating: 6.6 out of 10 Reviews: 16
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Max Monroe
It's highly unlikely you couldn't find a better club than Torrey South. No way does this have a place in the top 100. The setting alone doesn't get the job done, hosting the Tour is meaningless, there are 16,000 +/-golf courses in the usa this ain't T100 good on pure design, location maybe.
October 27, 2011
4 / 10
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ROGER TUBB
whilst on holiday had the joy to play both the torrey pines courses, staff where very friendly and helpful, the course was enjoyable with some lovely views, our fourball which was matched together had a great round with some memorable shots and birdies,i wish some of the private clubs would let overseas visitors play their course as we do hre in england and scotland,next poff to tpc in december as i am trying to play the top 100 courses that u can play in usa, as unfortunately i dont know any members of all the private courses, but still hoping
October 08, 2011
8 / 10
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Mike Stefan
I had the opportunity to play the South Course on New Year’s morning at 7:30, which was probably one of the better times to walk on Torrey Pines. The course can be extremely busy. Many golfers sleep in their car just for an opportunity to get on the list. When there, you notice all golfers walking around the clubhouse, practicing putting or hitting balls at the range. An then, they hear their name: "Dexter single to the starter!". Then the light jog begins; partly giddy about the opportunity to play and partly excited at their names finally being called, the golfers want to make sure they don't miss their tee-times.

As is the case with the North Course, the landing areas are fairly forgiving, but that is where the similarities end. The South Course is much longer with its championship tees measuring 7628yards, and that's at sea level. The weird part is that the front tees play about 650 yards shorter than they do on its partner to the north. Not only is length an issue but with the rough grown out and fairly narrow fairways, a premium is placed on accuracy off the tee. The other aspect I noticed is the well placed fairway bunkers that should come into play on most holes, if one is playing from the appropriate tee boxes. The greens are also guarded, but can be hit if one is on the fairway. Most greens are sloped, and hitting proper spots on the green can make a big difference between a 10-15 footer and one that rolls into the scary three-putt range.

My favourite two holes were the signature 3rd, a downhill par-3 measuring two hundred yards from the championship tees, and the par-5 13th. The 3rd hole has a huge bunker protecting the front, and the cliffs bookend the green on the back side. A wide green, that slopes heavily from left to right, requires a golfer to really trust his distance control. The approach on the 13th is uphill with bunkers lining the fairways from about seventy-five yards out, and a huge slope which brings back balls that land just short of the putting surface. A big drive gives one the hope to reach it in two but the second shot has to be long and precise for any chance at an eagle putt. Players can also put up some big numbers on both of these holes, but these are only two of a score of holes that require the golfer to stay focussed. One thing I noted was the number of driver, long iron holes I had to negotiate, and I was merely playing from the 6628-yard white tees. It really made me appreciate how long and accurate tour players have to be.

I really enjoyed my experience at Torrey Pines. I lodged at the Hilton, one of the two high-end hotels in the resort. It was a nice hotel with rooms overlooking the south course whose 18th hole stretched to the hotel’s entrance. The Hilton has an outdoor hot tub and pool, which I definitely took advantage of on those warm winter California days. Torrey Pines South is a great municipal course and one of the few public golf facilities to host a major PGA Tour Championship.
January 20, 2010
8 / 10
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Mike
January 21, 2010
Further to my review above, I played Torrey Pines (South) just before the hosting of the San Diego Open so they were getting the course in tournament shape. The rough was grown out, stands were in place and you could really start seeing it take shape. I thought it was a good course and it was better under tournament conditions. I would only give it a 4 ball rating if not under those conditions.
Steve Jenkins
South Course.Long but pretty unremarkable other than that and one or two good views. Very poor condition in April 2007 when I played it. Strangely coloured fairways and average greens.Poor value for money. Glad I played it as it will make US Open in 2008 more interesting to watch but thats about it.
September 05, 2007
4 / 10
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Fergal OLeary
January 23, 2008
I left my house at 3am in LA, got to Torrey Pines at 5.25am and stood in line. The sun came up at 6am and I tied off in the second group. 5 hours and $145 dollars later, I was happy to get back into my car and drive home. What a boring experience, except for the US air force jets flying overhead to keep me entertained. I can't believe it's hosting the US Open. Of all the great courses in this country and they decided to pick the South course. What were the USGA thinking?!
Emil Weber
February 22, 2008
When I played it in january 2008 just short before the Buick I have to say that the condition was awesome, the best greens I've ever played on. But all in all, it was a poor expierience, the courses is kind of boring. Hole No. 3 is a great hole, but the other seventeen just don't deserve to host a United States Open.
John McPheson
For the average golfer it's driver-three wood most of the day. 6,800 from the whites. Great views but not very enjoyable.
May 03, 2007
6 / 10
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John
The South course is appreciably better than its sister course the North and the whole Torrey experience for a muni is actually really good. It’s a fair course that’s not tricked up in any way and it punishes you hard for mistakes and sometimes even for a decent strike. I’ve played here a handful of times and the condition is mixed and they’ll certainly have to improve things before they host the Open bandwagon. In my view it’s worth the money simply for the incredible views and the challenge. Perhaps it’s the best muni in the world behind St Andrews Old and Bethpage Black.
October 30, 2006
8 / 10
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Stan Dodd
January 25, 2007
I respectfully disagree with the previous review. The South is boring slog only saved by the views. I have played the South many, many times. The "Reestoration" by the Open Dr. made it even longer and more boring and is unremarkable in the fact that he had a wonderful sight and made little or no use of the ravines. If you want to have fun play the North.
John
January 20, 2010
No way is the North better than the South... who wants to play the New course at St Andrews when you can play the Old?