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Torrey Pines Golf Courses

11480 North Torrey Pines Rd,

La Jolla, California CA 92037

  • Office

    +1 (858) 581 7171
  • Pro shop

    +1 (858) 452 3226
  • Fax

    +1 (858) 452 3277
  • Golf pro

    Several
  • Academy

    Torrey Pines Golf School

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Clifftop and oceanside.

  • Designer:

    Original design by William Park "Billy" Bell and finished by his son William Francis "Billy" Bell Jr; substantial modifications by Rees Jones (2001).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
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).

Location

Latitude:

32.905118

Longitude:

-117.244570

How to get 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.

Torrey Pines (South course)

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.

Est. 1957

Torrey Pines (South course): Host to a US Open Championship and a regular stop on the PGA Tour, 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 golf course that stands alongside the world's finest.

Perched high on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the South course is laid out around several deep and spectacular ravines that cut into the coastline. Panoramic ocean and coastal views are enjoyed from virtually every hole, as the course roams its way over the undulating clifftop terrain.

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 is hard to beat.

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 at Torrey Pines: onsite accommodation is available in The Lodge at Torrey Pines and Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines (see Where2Stay section below).

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes, year-round: Mon-Thur $202; Fri-Sun $252.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].

Other information

Walking permitted at certain times. Golf carts available for hire. Caddies and forecaddies available (book in advance).

Practice facilities

Good

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.

Published ranking

2019/20 Golf Digest rating: 186th best course and 36th best public course in the USA; 23rd best course in California.

Where2Stay

  • The Lodge at Torrey Pines

    11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

    +1 (858) 453 4420

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    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)

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      The Grand Del Mar

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      La Costa; Aviara; Encinitas Ranch; Riverwalk; Coronado; Maderas; Mt Woodson (25 miles).

  • Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines4-diamond

    10950 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

    +1 (858) 558 1500

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    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.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Torrey Pines (North and South courses)

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      The Grand Del Mar

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      La Costa; Aviara; Encinitas Ranch; Riverwalk; Coronado; Maderas; Mt Woodson (25 miles).

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