Torrey Pines Golf Course
|Location||La Jolla, California, U.S.|
|Established||1957, 60 years ago |
|Owned by||City of San Diego|
|Operated by||Torrey Pines Club Corporation|
|Tournaments hosted||Farmers Insurance Open (PGA Tour)
2008 U.S. Open
|Website||Torrey Pines GC|
|Designed by||William F. Bell |
|Length||7,698 yards (7,039 m)|
|Designed by||William F. Bell |
|Length||7,258 yards (6,637 m)|
Torrey Pines Golf Course is a 36-hole municipal public 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 60 years ago 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 (son of noted course architect William P. Bell). The South Course was redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001, and is now 7,698 yards (7,039 m) in length from the back tees with par at 72. The North Course was redesigned by Tom Weiskopf in 2016, switching the front nine with the back nine so that the famous ocean views are now enjoyed by golfers finishing their rounds.
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 28–31 in 2016. 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, New York), Torrey Pines has a unique method 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.
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 this 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 broken leg and torn ACL. Through 2016, it is his most recent major title.
Torrey Pines is a featured golf course in the 1990 computer game Links: The Challenge of Golf, Microsoft Golf 2.0 (1995), Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13.
Major tournaments hosted
|2008||U.S. Open||Tiger Woods||283 (−1)||Rocco Mediate|
The U.S. Open is scheduled to return in 2021
The North Course is shorter (from the men's tees) and rated less difficult than the South Course. All measurements made in yards.
|Black||74.5 / 133||421||495||241||479||525||416||322||214||556||3669||536||339||203||459||451||202||393||520||486||3589||7258|
|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|
At 7,698 yards (7,039 m), the South Course is the longest course played in a regular PGA Tour event. All measurements made in yards.
|Black||78.2 / 144||450||389||200||488||454||560||462||176||614||3793||416||221||504||614||437||478||223||442||570||3905||7698|
|Blue||75.3 / 137||444||362||160||471||404||530||442||164||590||3567||376||203||477||539||417||462||206||429||551||3660||7227|
|White||73.1 / 133||432||347||149||460||393||518||434||154||535||3422||362||193||456||521||404||392||192||419||524||3463||6885|
|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|
- "Torrey Pines Golf Course". GolfLink.
- Redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001.
- City of San Diego - Park & Recreation Dept. - Torrey Pines - history - accessed January 29, 2012
- Hirsh, Lou (November 29, 2016). "North Golf Course at Torrey Pines Reopens After $12.6M Renovation". San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
- "Tee Time Reservation & Fees". City of San Diego. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
- "Getting a Tee Time at Torrey Pines Insider’s Tip for Visitors and Locals". Discover San Diego. San Diego Tourism Authority. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
- C.M. Hogan, 2008
- Harig, Bob. "A year later, it's time to reminisce". ESPN. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
- Torrey Pines Golf Course official site
- C.Michael Hogan (2008) "Torrey Pine: Pinus torreyana", Globaltwitcher, ed. N. Stromberg
- Satellite images of Torrey Pines Golf Course
- Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Club