Torrey Pines Golf Course

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Torrey Pines Golf Course
Torrey Pines Golf Course plaque.jpg
Club information
Location La Jolla, California, U.S.
Established 1957 [1][2]
Type Public
Total holes 36
Tournaments hosted Farmers Insurance Open (PGA Tour)
Website Torrey Pines GC
South Course
Designed by William F. Bell [3]
Par 72
Length 7,607 yards (6,956 m)
Course rating 78.1
North Course
Designed by William F. Bell [1]
Par 72
Length 6,874 yards (6,286 m)
Course rating 72.1

Torrey Pines Golf Course is a 36-hole municipal public golf facility owned by the city of San Diego, California. It sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean[4] in the community of La Jolla, south of Torrey Pines State Reserve. Opened in 1957, it was built on the site of Camp Callan, a U.S. Army installation during World War II.

Torrey Pines has two famous 18-hole golf courses, North and South, both designed by William F. Bell. The South Course was redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001,[5] and is now 7,643 yards (6,989 m) in length from the back tees with par at 72. The logo of Torrey Pines Golf Course (illustrated: right) features a salt pruned Torrey Pine.

Since the late 1960s, Torrey Pines has hosted the Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA Tour. Held annually in January or February, the tournament uses both courses for the first two rounds and the South Course for the final two rounds; it was held January 26–29 in 2012. Torrey Pines hosts the San Diego City Amateur Golf Championships every June, and the Junior World Golf Championships every July. It hosted the 2008 U.S. Open on the South Course, won by Tiger Woods in a playoff.

Much like Bethpage Black on Long Island, Torrey Pines has a unique method[citation needed] to ensure continued public access to the course. On weekends, individuals arrive as early as 6 p.m. the prior night to get in line for the first-come, first-served tee times that are given out from sunrise till the first reservations at 7:30 a.m.

Clubhouse of the Torrey Pines Golf Course

It is named after the Torrey Pine, a rare tree that grows in the wild only along this local stretch of the coastline in San Diego County and on Santa Rosa Island.[6]

2008 U.S. Open[edit]

Tiger Woods won the 2008 U.S. Open over Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole Monday playoff. After completing the 18-hole playoff on the South Course tied at even par 71, they went to sudden-death on the 91st hole, played on the par-4 7th hole. Mediate had trouble off of the tee and made bogey, while Woods made par to gain his third U.S. Open and fourteenth career major win, which put him just four behind Jack Nicklaus. Woods birdied the 18th hole on Sunday to force the playoff and again on Monday to extend it.

Popular culture[edit]

Torrey Pines is a featured golf course in the 1990 computer game Links: The Challenge of Golf by Access Software (now Indie Built) and Microsoft Golf 2.0 by Microsoft, as well as Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 by EA Sports.

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

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Year Tournament Winner Runner-up
2008 U.S. Open Tiger Woods Rocco Mediate

North Course[edit]

The North Course is shorter (from the men's tees) and rated less difficult than the South Course. All measurements made in yards.

Torrey Pines North Course
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black 74.5 / 133 519 329 184 434 411 212 399 436 547 3471 417 492 237 471 523 397 366 171 516 3590 7061
Blue 72.3 / 128 519 329 150 398 369 160 399 436 498 3258 417 438 184 449 505 397 338 171 487 3386 6644
White M:70.8/125 W:77.9/136 505 317 116 385 354 149 355 418 481 3080 404 423 168 421 488 387 323 159 472 3247 6327
Par Men's 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 5 36 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap Men's 7 15 17 3 9 13 5 1 11 6 2 10 4 14 8 18 12 16
Red M:68.5/120 W:75.3/131 442 307 109 375 345 138 344 404 470 2934 320 411 153 411 475 377 310 126 420 3003 5937
Par Women's 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 5 36 4 5 3 5 5 4 4 3 5 38 74
Handicap Women's 3 13 17 7 11 15 5 1 9 4 12 16 10 2 8 14 18 6

South Course[edit]

At 7,607 yards (6,956 m), the South Course is the longest course played in a regular PGA Tour event. All measurements made in yards.

Torrey Pines South Course
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black 78.1 / 143 452 387 198 483 453 560 462 176 613 3784 405 221 504 614 435 477 227 442 571 3896 7680
Blue 76.1 / 139 444 362 160 471 404 530 442 164 590 3567 376 203 477 539 417 462 206 429 551 3660 7227
White 74.3 / 136 432 347 149 460 393 518 434 154 535 3422 362 193 456 521 404 392 192 419 524 3463 6885
Gold M:72.5/133 W:79.2/138 415 318 142 450 380 501 424 131 516 3277 349 162 443 505 390 345 185 400 486 3265 6542
Par Men's 4 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 5 36 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 36 72
Handicap Men's 5 15 13 3 11 9 1 17 7 16 14 2 6 8 12 18 4 10
Red 73.5 / 128 368 281 113 388 324 452 381 96 432 2835 299 105 394 408 276 286 176 347 416 2707 5542
Par Women's 4 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 5 36 4 3 5 5 4 4 3 4 5 37 73
Handicap Women's 7 13 15 9 11 1 5 17 3 10 18 2 6 14 16 12 8 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.golflink.com/golf-courses/course-clubhouse.aspx?course=113745
  2. ^ http://www.golflink.com/golf-courses/course.aspx?course=113845
  3. ^ Redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001.
  4. ^ Torrey Pines Golf Course, 2008
  5. ^ City of San Diego - Park & Recreation Dept. - Torrey Pines - history - accessed 2012-01-29
  6. ^ C.M. Hogan, 2008

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°54′16″N 117°14′43″W / 32.9045°N 117.2454°W / 32.9045; -117.2454