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Torrey Pines Golf Course

Torrey Pines golf course

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Torrey Pines Golf Course consists of two 18 hole courses and like the Bethpage courses they are publicly owned. The facility is located south of the Torrey Pines State Reserve in a community called La Jolla. It sits atop coastal cliffs that stand majestically over the Pacific Ocean. Both courses were designed by William F Bell and established in 1957.

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history of the course

Almost half a century later the South Course was redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001. He made quite a few changes that added to the length and difficulty of this course; four greens were moved, the number of bunkers was almost doubled, and added ten more tee zones. These world renowned courses have been featured in multiple video games such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour 03, 10 and 13 as well as Links: The Challenge of Golf. 

If you’ve ever played Torrey Pines virtually before, get ready for the next step up with our world class, lifelike simulator. The Torrey Pine Golf Course, owned and maintained by the City of San Diego, was formerly a US Army installation in World War II. The name Torrey Pines honors the class of pine tree found on both courses. It is the rarest pine species in the United States. The Farmers Insurance Open is held here, every year, since the late 1960s. 

Thanks to the renovation the South course is considered the tougher of the two while the North course is said to be the most beautiful. Framed by mountains on the northern edge and the Pacific to the west, both have stunning panoramic views that make the golfing experience that much more magical.

golf holes at torrey pines golf course

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Let’s talk about some of the most memorable holes of the North course. The approach shot to the 1st hole can be a bit daunting with undulating green well-guarded by three large bunkers in the front and on both sides, just beyond is the sparkling water providing with just the view you need to clear your head and land that green. 

The 5th hole offers a blind tee shot with a fairway lined by trees as far as the eye can see, and once again you are met with very heavily bunkered green that falls on all sides. The signature 6th is an elevated tee on to a very small, dangerously creviced and guarded green. The 13th is a dogleg left lined with trees on either side onto a downhill green surrounded by two water hazards to the front and left as well as a bunker to the right. 

If you haven’t caught the pattern, this course calls for much precision to get past all the undulation, strategically placed bunkers, trees, and water hazards. The South course starts off on a rather frightening note as you stand at the 1st tee. You’ll be faced with a long, uphill dogleg right lined with plenty of trees. At the third hole you see a peculiar three tiered formation in front of you at the end of which is a small green with a massive and deep bunker right in front of it. 

The 4th hole is a rather long par 4, not too difficult if not for the trees to the right of the green and the strong coastal winds rushing in from the Ocean that runs all along the left. At the 12th you’ll find another long par 4 with an elevated green that slopes on all sides and has two hungry bunkers waiting to catch any ball that strays too far left or right. The 18th is particularly nerve wracking with a rather large body of water left center and considerable bunkering to the left and the right of the generous green.  
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golf tips for torrey pines course

With the historical significance and beauty of the setting and the masterful design of the courses, playing at Torrey Pine is an absolute dream."

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