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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.

Awards & Recognition

Renowned for its championship play and panoramic setting, Torrey Pines is regarded as one of the world''''s top golf courses. Recent awards include:



3/50 Golfweek Magazine’s "America’s Best Municipal Courses" Torrey Pines South Course 2009
13/50 Golfweek Magazine’s "America’s Best Municipal Courses" Torrey Pines North Course 2009
Zagat.com 2009 survey "America’s Top Golf Courses." Most popular course rated extraordinary Torrey Pines North and South Courses 2009
Greenskeeper.org 2008 Best Playing Conditions San Diego County
13/15 Golfweek Magazine''''s "America''''s Best Public-Access Courses" for California, 2006
89/100 Golf Digest Magazine''''s "America''''s 100 Greatest Public-Access Golf Courses", 2005-2006
28/30 Golf Digest Magazine''''s "Top Rated Golf Courses for California", 2005-2006
60/100 Golf Magazine''''s "Top 100 Courses in the U.S.", 2005
9/15 Golfweek Magazine''''s "America''''s Best Public-Access Courses for California", 2005
13/100 Golf Magazine''''s "Top 100 Public-Access Golf Courses in America", 2004
67/100 Golf Magazine''''s "Top 100 Courses in the U.S.", 2003
17/100 Golf Magazine''''s "Top 100 Public-Access Courses", 2002
-- Travel + Leisure Magazine: "Rare Beauties, Nice Prices"
100 Golf Magazine''''s "America''''s Best Courses for $100 or Less", 2002
60/100 Golf Magazine''''s "Top 100 Public-Access Courses", 2000
-- Hole 12, Par 4: Golf Magazine''''s "Top 500 Holes in the World", 2000

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