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: 6.8 out of 10 Reviews: 13
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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?