|Location||San Diego, California, U.S.|
|Elevation||380 feet (115 m)|
|Established||1957, 66 years ago|
|Owned by||City of San Diego|
|Operated by||City of San Diego|
|Events hosted||Farmers Insurance Open|
U.S. Open (2008, 2021)
|Website||Torrey Pines GC|
|Designed by||William Francis Bell|
|Length||7,802 yards (7,134 m)|
|Designed by||William Francis Bell|
|Length||7,258 yards (6,637 m)|
Torrey Pines Golf Course is a 36-hole municipal golf facility on the west coast of the United States, owned by the city of San Diego, California. It sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the community of La Jolla, just 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 18-hole golf courses, North and South, both designed by William Francis Bell (son of noted course architect William P. Bell). The South Course was redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001, and is now 7,802 yards (7,134 m) in length from the back tees with par at 72. The North Course was redesigned by Tom Weiskopf in 2016, switching the nines so that the famous ocean views are now enjoyed at the end of the round.
Since the late 1960s, Torrey Pines has hosted the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open, originally known as the San Diego Open. During those early editions at Torrey Pines, the course length was under 6,850 yards (6,265 m). 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 2022 and won by Luke List.
The South Course has hosted two U.S. Opens: Tiger Woods won in sudden-death in 2008 after an 18-hole playoff against Rocco Mediate, and Jon Rahm won in 2021. Torrey Pines hosts the San Diego City Amateur Golf Championships every June, and the Junior World Golf Championships every July.
Much like Bethpage Black (on Long Island, New York), Torrey Pines has moved their tee time reservation to an online booking system. However, on weekends and major holidays, individuals can still walk on the North course back nine by waiting in line for a first-come, first-served tee times that begin with the first tee time of the day for the North course and lasting until 7:30 a.m.
The course is named for 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. The logo (illustrated: right) features a salt pruned representation of the tree.
2008 U.S. Open
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 title, which put him just four behind Jack Nicklaus. He birdied the final hole on Sunday to force the playoff and again on Monday to extend it. Woods, age 32, won while playing with a stress fracture and torn ACL; this was his last major title until 2019.
Major tournaments hosted
|2008||U.S. Open||Tiger Woods||283 (−1)^||Rocco Mediate|
|2021||U.S. Open||Jon Rahm||278 (−6)||Louis Oosthuizen|
- ^ playoff
The North Course is shorter (from the men's tees) and rated less difficult than the South Course. All measurements made in yards.
|Black||75.8 / 134||421||495||241||479||525||416||322||214||556||3,669||536||339||203||459||451||202||393||520||486||3,589||7,258|
|Brown||73.6 / 129||410||431||215||433||503||400||290||174||512||3,368||524||337||174||430||408||177||388||520||455||3,413||6,781|
At 7,802 yards (7,134 m), the South Course is the longest course played in a regular PGA Tour event.
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