Torrey Pines Golf Course

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Torrey Pines Golf Course
Torrey Pines Golf Course plaque.jpg
Club information
Torrey Pines Golf Course is located in the United States
Torrey Pines Golf Course
Torrey Pines Golf Course is located in California
Torrey Pines Golf Course
Coordinates32°54′16″N 117°14′43″W / 32.9045°N 117.2454°W / 32.9045; -117.2454Coordinates: 32°54′16″N 117°14′43″W / 32.9045°N 117.2454°W / 32.9045; -117.2454
LocationSan Diego, California, U.S.
Elevation380 feet (115 m)
Established1957, 66 years ago[1][2]
TypePublic
Owned byCity of San Diego
Operated byCity of San Diego
Total holes36
Events hostedFarmers Insurance Open
(PGA Tour)
U.S. Open (2008, 2021)
WebsiteTorrey Pines GC
South Course
Designed byWilliam Francis Bell[3]
Par72
Length7,802 yards (7,134 m)
Course rating78.8
Slope rating148[4]
North Course
Designed byWilliam Francis Bell[1]
Par72
Length7,258 yards (6,637 m)
Course rating75.8
Slope rating134[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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).[9][10][11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Clubhouse at Torrey Pines

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.[14] The logo (illustrated: right) features a salt pruned representation of the tree.

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 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;[15] this was his last major title until 2019.[16]

Popular culture[edit]

Torrey Pines is a featured golf course in the Links: The Challenge of Golf (1990), Microsoft Golf 2.0 (1995), Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13.

Scott Peterson, previously on death row for the murder of his wife Laci, was arrested in the parking lot of Torrey Pines in April 2003.[17]

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

Year Tournament Winner Winning score Runner-up
2008 U.S. Open United States Tiger Woods 283 (−1)^ United States Rocco Mediate
2021 U.S. Open Spain Jon Rahm 278 (−6) South Africa Louis Oosthuizen
^ playoff

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.

Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 36 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 36 72
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
Green M:71.5/125 W:77.5/133 395 412 164 416 483 389 290 167 476 3,192 506 321 155 399 352 165 345 486 422 3,151 6,343
White M:69.3/120 W:74.7/129 351 355 145 337 437 380 274 161 460 2,920 460 310 108 383 340 145 336 472 373 2,927 5,847
Yellow M:66.0/112 W:71.9/128 322 344 138 317 424 309 233 128 401 2,616 422 258 101 306 292 141 308 404 342 2,574 5,190
SI Men 5 1 13 3 11 7 17 15 9 12 18 14 4 6 16 8 10 2
SI Women 3 7 15 1 11 5 13 17 9 14 18 8 2 12 6 10 16 4
Source:[18]

South Course[edit]

At 7,802 yards (7,134 m), the South Course is the longest course played in a regular PGA Tour event.

Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 4 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 5 36 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 36 72
Black M:78.8/148 451 389 201 490 454 564 462 177 615 3,803 454 225 505 621 437 517 227 443 570 3,999 7,802
Brown M:75.0/139 W:82.6/152 434 361 159 462 404 530 443 161 535 3,489 371 202 458 539 414 394 204 422 522 3,526 7,015
Green M:73.3/134 W:80.3/147 419 344 146 420 393 505 424 149 514 3,314 352 190 444 514 394 355 183 398 491 3,321 6,635
White M:70.9/128 W:77.6/140 409 323 142 384 382 449 387 139 457 3,072 308 171 411 486 359 339 151 375 473 3,073 6,145
Yellow M:67.2/119 W:73.3/131 350 283 106 353 320 431 378 90 432 2,743 294 104 370 407 277 276 142 346 414 2,630 5,373

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Torrey Pines Golf Course Clubhouse". GolfLink. Archived from the original on July 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "Torrey Pines Golf Course". GolfLink.
  3. ^ Redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001.
  4. ^ "Course Rating and Slope Database™ - Torrey Pines - South". USGA. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Course Rating and Slope Database™ - Torrey Pines - North". USGA. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "The Torrey Pines golf experience: What to know and how to get a tee time". Golf Pass. January 24, 2021. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  7. ^ City of San Diego - Park & Recreation Dept. - Torrey Pines - history - accessed January 29, 2012
  8. ^ Hirsh, Lou (November 29, 2016). "North Golf Course at Torrey Pines Reopens After $12.6M Renovation". San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "Trio shares lead". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. February 11, 1968. p. 4B – via Google News Archive.
  10. ^ "Littler shoots 67, assumes golf lead". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. February 2, 1969. p. 2B – via Google News Archive.
  11. ^ "Nicklaus gains control as Jackline falls back". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. February 1, 1970. p. 3B – via Google News Archive.
  12. ^ "2021 U.S. Open". Torrey Pines. November 27, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  13. ^ "Tee Time Reservation & Fees". City of San Diego. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  14. ^ C.M. Hogan, 2008
  15. ^ Harig, Bob (June 14, 2009). "A year later, it's time to reminisce". ESPN. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "Tiger Woods makes Masters his 15th and most improbable major". April 15, 2019.
  17. ^ Morin, Monte (April 19, 2003). "Peterson arrested in death of wife and unborn son". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Los Angeles Times). p. A3.
  18. ^ "Torrey Pines North Course Map". Sandiego.gov.

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