Golf courses California La Jolla Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course, North Course

Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course, North Course

11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, California, 92037
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
(800) 985-4653
Architect: William F. Bell (87)
                      
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About Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course, North Course

Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course is a Public, 36 hole golf facility located in La Jolla, California. The facility has two 18-hole championship golf courses. They are The Torrey Pines North Course and The Torrey Pines South Course

The Torrey Pines North Course first opened for play in 1957. The North Course was designed by William F. Bell.

Both Torrey Pines North and South are traditionally designed courses with coastal views. The South Course is the tournament course and definitely the harder of the two courses, although, both courses are used for the PGA Tours Buick Invitational of California.

Par for the course is 72. From the back tees the course plays to 6,647 yards. From the forward tees the course plays to 6,118 yards and plays to a par-74. The longest hole on the course is #1, a par-5 that plays to 520 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 3, a par-3 that plays to 121 yards from the back tees.

Watch out for # 8, the 436 yard par-4 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole at Torrey Pines North Course is # 16, a par-4 that measures 338 yards from the tips.

 

This course has been ranked 14 times
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Chula Vista, CA

$101 (cart included), played on Thursday, January 2018 at 7:00 AM

Played this course as part of a tournament - shotgun start and shamble format. Recent rains and getting this course ready for the pros in a few weeks resulted in very heavy 5" tall wet rough. This, along with cart path only, and a tournament resulted in a 5.5 hour round! Probably under normal play, expect 4.5-5 hour rounds. The course is about one year past a redo by Tom Weiskoph and was in super shape. The greens were perfect but did bounce and release a bit as is common with new greens. The layout is easier than the south course as it is much shorter in length. The redo has resulted in a much more uniform course with grass everywhere and perfect greens. While the south course is more famous, most golfers will get much less beat up by playing the north. And, the views of the ocean and La Jolla can't be beat. A really fun and fair layout. I would play it more often but I live in San Diego county and not in San Diego City so I have to pay the normal high tourist rates - bummer!

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Expensive and worth it
 
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Rank ID # : 029075
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Del Mar, CA

$26 (cart not included), played on Monday, March 2014 at 10am

Great course for walking, with beautiful views. Challenging but not as difficult as the South course.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 021633
Golf Course ranker Photo, Arnett Arnett
San Diego, CA

$66 (cart included), played on Saturday, August 2013 at noon

It's difficult to write the review as I'm looking at it from a locals perspective. I would be happy to play this course every day. Lay out and views and conditioning are generally really nice. If you are from out of town...it's expensive but worth playing once a year just for the experience. You will recognize almost every hole from the Buick, Farmers and US Open on TV.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 021150
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Carlsbad, CA

Guest (cart included), played on Tuesday, May 2012 at 6am

I earned a complimentary round on the north course because I am a regular volunteer when the PGA come to Torrey Pines for the Farmer's Insurance. For women, the north course is the more challenging course over the redesigned south course which is much harder for men!

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 017540
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Encinitas, CA

$36 (cart not included), played on Wednesday, February 2012 at 6am

north course is in great shape greens are rolling fast and true and fairways are tight it is less difficult than the south course but remains a pleasant walk along the cliffs overlooking the ocean

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 016896
Golf Course ranker Photo, Rogelio Riesgo
San Diego, CA

$26 (cart not included), played on Tuesday, May 2011 at 6am

I played in the first group at 0615. Our foursome finished in 3hrs. 50min. walking. I've played in the late morning and it takes 41/2 hours as the course fills up. The fairways and greens are in the best shape I've seen in years. Maybe due to the 5-year Golf Enterprise experiment; the City of San Diego needs more tourist tax dollars and they're putting more maintenance into this municipal course and ignoring it's step sister Balboa Golf Course. If you do plan to play Torrey north or south, bring your "straight-ball driver" because the bermuda rough, that is slightly higher than a golf ball, and not worthy of U.S.Open height, will eat you up! The course is in excellent shape, did I mention the greens, not super fast and not slow either.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 013911
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San Diego, CA

$46 (cart not included), played on Saturday, January 2011 at 6am

Played in a Men's club event 3 weeks before PGA Tour Farmers Ins Open. Tees, Fairways and Greens were as good as any I've seen. Greens were fast and true. Putts break toward the ocean on the North @ Torrey. Remember this and you'll score much better. The rough was brutal !! They grow it prior to the Tour stop and then they usually start to thin it out afterward. I plan on going back for another event in March and hope the rough is more playable. Pace of play was a bit slow but it is typical, especially in competitions. These 2 courses are Muni courses for San Diego City residents and I defy you to find a better value than these 2 seaside tracks for scenery, ambiance and challenge.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 012933
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San Diego, CA

$41 (cart not included), played on Friday, September 2010 at 6am

Always fun to play. Too many holes look and play the same.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 012022
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San Diego, CA

$46 (cart not included), played on Sunday, September 2010 at 6am

Torrey North offers a more user-friendly trip along the La Jolla coast than its more famous sister the South. With relatively few round-wrecking holes, the North won't beat you up like the South does and instead offers you the opportunity to shoot a good score if you can keep your ball below the pin on the tilted greens.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 011508
Golf Course ranker Photo, Ron McCann
Austin, TX

$76 (cart included), played on Tuesday, November 2009 at 6am

Small driving range on matts for warmup only. If CPO, definately walk. Views are great, much easier than South course and much less expensive as an early morning walk up. Wife is a high handicapper and enjoyed it. My second time around this year and greens were in good shape this time.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 008882
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Alta Loma, CA

$76 (cart not included), played on Monday, December 2009 at 10am

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 007962
Golf Course ranker Photo, Ron McCann
Austin, TX

$76 (cart included), played on Wednesday, March 2006 at 2pm

Fairways and greens don't compare to South Course. Rough is mowed closer. Greens had been punched in two weeks before and were very bumpy, almost unputtable.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 006696
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Chattanooga, TN

(cart included), played on Wednesday, December 2009 at 10am

The course was not in the best of shape. Geens were good but discolored.

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 006176
Golf Course ranker Photo, Todd Lafferty
Pleasanton, CA

Do Not Recall (cart included), played on Wednesday, August 2006 at noon

Am I the only one that thinks that the North Course is terribly overrated? The layout is a flat, boring muni stuck on the side of a cliff that, except for a few holes near the ocean, doesn't offer much. The course is not well kept, with most of the turf being crab grass. It lives on it's reputation, and for San Diego residents, it's a bargain, but I can think of 6-7 other courses I'd rather play in San Diego than this one, especially for the out-of-towner rate. Driving range is TERRIBLE.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 003839
4.0/5
Based on 14 reviews
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