About Torrey Pines golf course
Torrey Pines has long been recognized as one of the nation''''s premier municipal golf facilities. Often referred to as a "golfer''''s paradise", the Championship North and South courses provide views of the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Fog, rain and wind often sweep the seaside courses, testing even the most seasoned players skill. The course takes its name from the indigenous Torrey Pine which is native to the area and to Santa Rosa Island. The tree is distinguished by having clusters of five pine needles.
Designed by legendary course architect William P. Bell and completed by his son, William F. Bell, Torrey Pines opened in 1957, and offers two 18-hole Championship courses; the North and South courses.
Both courses test a player's skill with tight fairways, lush rough, as well as trees, bunkers, sand and often challenging weather conditions. On the South Course, there are many holes with direct views of the Pacific, a hundred yards below the links, and several more with views of a huge natural canyon. The North Course offers several holes that are situated high atop the bluffs overlooking the coastline.
In 2001, celebrated golf course designer Rees Jones was given the task of remodeling the South Course, an endeavor that has been met with almost universal acclaim. Now an impressive 7,607 yards in length, the Torrey Pines South Course has been selected to host the 2008 United States Open Championship.
Torrey Pines is a municipal course, owned and maintained by the City of San Diego. In addition to the North and South courses, facilities include a driving range, practice putting greens, food/beverage carts and a restaurant/grill at the Lodge at Torrey Pines which is adjacent to the golf course. Torrey Pines boasts one of the western United States largest golf shops, offering a full range of golf merchandise for sale and the rental of golf shoes, clubs, hand and power golf carts. Group and individual golf lessons are offered by the pro staff.
Renowned for its championship play and panoramic setting, Torrey Pines is regarded as one of the world''''s top golf courses. Recent awards include: