Review of Torrey Pines South by professional golfer Paul Imondi
paulimondi.com | By Paul Imondi
Torrey Pines is one of the most popular and exclusive public golf courses in the world. It plays host to a PGA Tour event every year and was also the host course in that famous Woods Mediate battle in the 2008 US Open. I would recommend that you get a foursome together or just a close friend and head out to Torrey Pines to test yourself on a beautiful piece of property.
Torrey Pines is a beautiful golf course. It is host to the Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA Tour, and also held a US Open recently. Torrey Pines is made up of two 18 hole courses. The north course and the south course. From only playing there 3 time on the south and twice on the north, I can very vividly remember each and every hole. This is truly a sign of a good golf course. One that is memorable and challenging at the same time. I will walk you through both the north and south courses. The south course is the more difficult of the two and that is the course I will start with.
Hole 1-Par 4 measures 452 yards from the back tees. It is a slight dogleg to the right with bunkers on both sides of the fairway. The best angle to attack the green is being on the left side of the fairway. The green has a bunker on the right side and it slopes mainly from back to front. Stay out of the trap and down the left side and you should have a chance to start off with a par.
Hole 2-Par 4 measures 387 from the back tees. For most of the pros this hole is but a hybrid or a 3 wood off the tee. Another slight dogleg to the right with a huge bunker down the left hand side of the fairway. Keep it out of the trap on the left and you should have a good approach with a short iron or wedge. Bunkers guard the green so distance control is the most important when tring to get the ball close on this hole.
Hole 3-Par 3 measures 198 from the back tees. This may be one of the most scenic views on the whole course. It over looks the pacific ocean from an elevated tee. A bunker guards the front of the green with a fairway bailout area on the right side. Green slopes mainly from left to right but also has some suttle breaks. Par is never a bad score on this beauty.
Hole 4-Par 4 measures 483 from the back tees. This is one of the toughest holes if not the toughest hole on the course. The fairway is guarded by bunkers on the right and ocean on the left. Keep it short of the traps on the right and you will have a long iron approach to the green. The green has a bunker in the front of it, with sharp rolling mounds on the right side that slope back toward the green. The bailout is on the right side with a chance to get up and down. Par is a good score on this hole.
Hole 5-Par 4 measures 453 from the back tees. The fairway is guarded by bunkers left and right. The fairway slope from left to right, so a tee shot up the left side is a good position. Green has a bunker on the right and slope generally from back to front. With a good approach this hole can be birdied.
Hole 6-Par 5 measures 560 from the back tees. Another hole with a slight left to right dogleg. Big tree is about 100 yards off the tee that sticks out a bit on the right side. You either have to take it around the tree with a cut or take it over the top of it. Bunkers run down a good part of all the fairway down the left side. Hit a good tee shot around the tree and out of the traps and you will have a chance to hit this par 5 in two. Green is well guarded by bunkers and tiered green is tricky to putt. Be on the right spot and you can find an uphill putt.
Hole 7-Par 4 measures 462 from the back tees. Another dogleg to the right with a bunker guarding the left side. Go too far right and a set of huge trees with block you out for your second shot. Green runs back to front with a huge bunker on the right side. Back right pin position makes that a very strong hole. Par is not a bad score here.
Hole 8-Par 3 measures 175 from the back tees. Depending on where the tee and pin are located you can birdie this hole with a good tee shot. The green is elevated from the tee thus making it a blind shot in which you cannot see the surface of the green. One ridge runs through the green seperating the top tier and bottom tier of the green.
Hole 9-Par 5 measures 614 from the back tees. Out of bounds down the extreme left hand side, with bunkers in the right and left of the fairway off of the tee. The bunkers are not reachable off the tee from the back tees. The longer hitters can get home in two shots here as there is a small run up space before the green. Well guarded green with bunkers and mainly sloping back to front this hole can be birdied with a few good shots.
Hole 10-Par 4 measures 416 from the back tees. Fairway bunker on the left side of the fairway is fairly large, with the fairway sloping from left to right. 3 wood or less off the tee may be the best play to keep it short of the trap off the tee. Short iron or wedge approach gives you a chance to get the second shot close. Bunker on the right side of the green is a no no.
Hole 11-Par 3 measures 221 from the back tees. Slightly elevated tee with a big bunker on the right of the green. Half hour glass shaped green with the front part of the green a little more narrow then the back portion. Par is a good score here.
Hole 12-Par 4 measures 504 from the back tees. Beautiful hole layout with the tee shot and hole pointing you right back into the pacific ocean. Bunker on the right side of the fairway makes it tough to reach the green if in it. Long iron approach is fairly open with only one bunker guarding the left side of the green. Green is big enough to hit in two and par is a good score on this long par 4.
Hole 13-Par 5 measures 540 from the back tees. This is the famous hole that Tiger Woods made eagle on in the US Open by making a 50 foot bomb from the back edge of the green to the front pin location. Bunkers down the right side of the fairway with the second shot playing back up the hill. If you decide to lay up you will be hitting down into a steep slope then shooting your third shot straight up the hill to a blind pin where you cannot see much of the flagstick. Good chance for birdie here towards the second half of your round.
Hole 14-Par 4 measures 437 from the back tees. Slight dogleg to the left with a fairway bunker on the left. Bailout is on the right side, but if you are in the rough it makes the second shot that much more difficult. Big bunker guards the right and left side of the green and if you go long you will fall off a cliff. Stay short of the hole in two and you will have a good chance to make a good par.
Hole 15-Par 4 measures 478 from the back tees. No bunkers off the tee but trees narrow the fairway by having a couple huge ones down the left and a medium sized one down the right side that gives players a fit. Good tee shot will leave you with a mid-long iron to a green that slopes back to front. Bunker on the left and a sloping green with a tier or two make par not a bad score here.
Hole 16-Par 3 measures 227 from the back tees. This is the hole that Brandt Snedeker edged Kyle Stanley in the 2012 Farmers Insurance Open in a playoff. This is another hole that heads you in the direction of the pacific ocean. Mid-long iron tee shot to a green that slopes back to front with a bunker on both sides. Stay below the hole here and you will have a decent shot at par.
Hole 17-Par 4 measures 442 from the back tees. Tough par 4 with bunkers down the right side and hazard all down the left side. Slight draw off the tee is the best shape to put the ball in the fairway on this hole. Second shot is semi-blind because you cannot see the bottom of the flag or the green. Multi-tiered green makes being on the proper level important. Bunkers guard the front and par is a good score here.
Hole 18-Par 5 measures 570 from the back tees. This is the hole that Tiger Woods made the 12 foot putt to force a playoff against Rocco Mediate in the US Open. Fairway slopes away from you on the tee box so it is tough to pick out a good landing zone. Bunkers on both sides of the fairway and water in front of the green. Multi-tiered green with most of it being back to front sloping. Depending on where the tee box is located you could have a chance to go for this green in two, but most of the time it is a three shot par 5. Good hole to end your round on, on a great course.
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