Torrey Pines (South course)


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   Torrey Pines (South course) Est. 1957

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Torrey Pines (South course): In common with many of the legendary seaside courses of Britain and Ireland, Torrey Pines is both a municipal golf facility as well as home to a wonderfully testing and immensely scenic layout. The South course, as distinct from the also enjoyable and well-rated North, is a test of golf that stands alongside the world's finest.

Host to a US Open Championship and an annual PGA Tour event (until recently known as the Buick Invitational), the South course is perched high on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Laid out around several deep and spectacular ravines that cut into the coastline, the course roams its way over the undulating clifftop terrain. Panoramic ocean and coastal views are enjoyed from virtually every hole.

In this spectacular golfing environment, the not overly wide undulating fairways are flanked by thick clinging grass. Also defining the holes is a pleasant but never dense assortment of trees - among them many tall eucalyptus and, of course, the eponymous Torrey pine (see Did You Know section below). Lending further definition and challenge along the lush fairways and around the often smallish greens, is a wonderful array of bunkers, never more imposing than on your uphill approach to the stunning par-5 13th.

Many holes enjoy a wonderful ocean backdrop, the par-4 12th and 14th are especially scenic. Although Pebble Beach might be the most famous of California's seaside golf courses, on a value for money basis the South course at Torrey Pines cannot be beaten.

MOST MEMORABLE HOLE: The downhill par-3 3rd is another gem; seen from many different vantage points on the course, the green is surrounded on three sides by a plunging ravine.

Stay & Play: on-site accommodation is available in The Lodge at Torrey Pines and Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines (see Where2Stay section below).

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Making Contact

Torrey Pines Golf Courses
11480 North Torrey Pines Rd,
La Jolla, California CA 92037
USA
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Office   +1 (858) 581 7171
Pro Shop   +1 (858) 452 3226
Fax

  +1 (858) 452 3277

Email   info@torreypinesgolfcourse.com
Website   www.sandiego.gov
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Golf Pro
 
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Torrey Pines Golf School
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined and open parkland.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
 
Surroundings: Clifftop / oceanside
 
Designer: Designed by William Park "Billy" Bell and finished by his son William Francis "Billy" Bell Jr; with substantial later improvements by Rees Jones (2001).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7628 6153 5467
Par 72 72 73
SSS or Slope 78.1 72.5 73.6
 
At the Same Location:
Above distances are for the South course. Also at Torrey Pines is the 18-hole North course (par-72, 6915 yds from back tees, rating 73.2).
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How2Get There?

15 miles N of San Diego
From Interstate-5 approx 12 miles north of San Diego take exit 29 (Genesee Ave) and follow Genesee Ave west. After almost 1 mile bear right as Genesee Ave becomes North Torrey Pines Road. After approx o.8 miles (just after Science Park Way and immediately after Callan Road) look for green Golf Course sign on the right. Follow road round into golf.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2017 visitor fee, 18-holes, year-round: Mon-Thur $192; Fri-Sun $240. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Walking permitted at certain times. Golf carts available for hire. Caddies and forecaddies available (book in advance).

Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

In 2008, Torrey Pines (South) became the first course in the San Diego area (and only the second in southern California) to host a US Open Championship. This closely contested event saw Tiger Woods eventually overcome the relentless challenge of his closest-rival, Rocco Mediate. Their battle for the 2008 US Open title went to an 18-hole Monday play-off, and after that, one extra hole of sudden-death playoff. Torrey Pines is also the annual home of the PGA Tour's Buick Invitational (for all the winners of this prestigious event see our Tournaments section >by venue >Torrey Pines ).

The Torrey pine (pinus torreyana), also known as the Del Mar Pine and Soledad Pine, is much in evidence around the golf course, growing 25-50 feet tall with a broad, open-crowned appearance. The tree is distinguished by having clusters of five pine needles. The Torrey pine is the rarest pine in the United States. The wild population is restricted to about 7,000 trees growing in a narrow strip along the California coast in and around San Diego. Although endangered in the wild, Torrey pines are widely planted as ornamental trees, especially in San Diego County where it is considered a local icon.

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Published Ranking
2017/18 Golf Digest rating: 166th best course and 33rd best public course in the USA; 22nd best course in California.
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Location

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Latitude: (32.905118)
Longitude: (-117.244570)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

The Lodge at Torrey Pines 
11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
+1 (858) 453 4420
www.lodgetorreypines.com

Located alongside the 18th hole of Torrey Pines' famous South course, The Lodge at Torrey Pines blends in sensitively with the landscape through its use of natural materials and graceful, sheltering forms. Hotel guests can take advantage of a guaranteed tee time program exclusive to The Lodge.

Golf at this hotel Torrey Pines (North and South courses)
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Golf within 5 miles The Grand Del Mar
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Golf within 20 miles La Costa; Aviara; Encinitas Ranch; Riverwalk; Coronado; Maderas; Mt Woodson (25 miles).
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Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines 4-diamond
10950 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
+1 (858) 558 1500
www.hilton.com

Atop the bluffs of La Jolla, California, overlooking the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course and the majestic Pacific Ocean sits the newly renovated, Four Diamond Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines hotel.

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Golf within 5 miles The Grand Del Mar
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Golf within 20 miles La Costa; Aviara; Encinitas Ranch; Riverwalk; Coronado; Maderas; Mt Woodson (25 miles).
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