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

Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course, South Course

11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, California, 92037
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
(800) 985-4653
Architect: William P. Bell (52)
                       William F. Bell (87)
                       Rees Jones (111)
                      
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Detailed description of Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course, South 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

Torrey Pines South Course first opened for play in 1957. The course was designed by legendary course architect William P. Bell and completed by his son, William F. Bell. In 2001, the course was renovated by Rees Jones.

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. The Torrey Pines South Course was the site of the epic 2008 U.S. Open battle between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate.

Par for the course is 72. From the back tees the course plays to 7,628 yards. From the forward tees the course plays to 5,467 yards and plays to a par-74. The longest hole on the course is #9, a par-5 that plays to 614 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 8, a par-3 that plays to 176 yards from the back tees.

Watch out for # 7, the 462 yard par-4 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole at Torrey Pines North Course is # 16, a par-3 that measures 227 yards from the tips.

This course has been reviewed 15 times
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San Diego, CA

(cart not included), played on Sunday, August 2015 at 2:00 PM

Great views of the Pacific. Hard course in the wind. Long at 6700 yards from the white tees...at sea level.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Expensive and worth it
 
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Rank ID # : 027544
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$41 (cart not included), played on Tuesday, June 2015 at 9:18 AM

Long holes, wide fairways, very tough in the rough, consistent greens, (balls tend to break toward the ocean). West side of course borders the Pacific Ocean, very scenic. The North course is shorter and more scenic, but the greens are better on the South course. Somewhat expensive for non-residents but good price for residents based on other courses in the area. Bring your "A" . Golf carts an additional $40.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area
 
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None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 027240
Golf Course ranker Photo, Arnett Arnett
San Diego, CA

$66 (cart not included), played on Friday, July 2013 at noon

As a local we play it at a reduced price. As a tourist it is very expensive but you should play it as the experience is terrific. The quality of the course and the views are tremendous. Expect to shoot 10 over (or more) than your usual score. They are not kidding on TV, this is a tough course even from the right tees. If you are an average golfer do not get suckered into even playing the white tees. Move up to the greens. The rough and greens will pound your ego. I enjoy it every time.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles
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 # : 021152
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$201 (cart not included), played on Friday, April 2013 at 6am

Standby system worked very well. Arrived about 7:20 a.m. And was off by 8:00 a.m. As a twosome!

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 019697
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Mesa, AZ

$251 (cart not included), played on Saturday, December 2011 at 10am

The whole ambiance is incredible. The greens were very difficult to read for a first time player but consistent.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 016573
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San Diego, CA

$41 (cart not included), played on Thursday, January 2011 at 8am

As a club member, we play often. The difficulty does vary with the tournament schedule and the time of year. Spring and Fall are best for tourists. When rough is uncut, a very difficult challenge awaits the casual player, but the views allow for a soothing relief. Torrey offers a very typical San Diego experience as locals and tourists can enjoy the often spectacular weather and views most of the year! Roughs and greens can be a challenge when tournament ready for any golfer as scores seldom range beyond single digits under par.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 016298
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Newport Beach, CA

$126 (cart included), played on Saturday, July 2011 at noon

No matter what Torrey Pines is too expensive and I rank it very low on the "value for the price paid." What's more disappointing is the City of San Diego allows the commercial brokers to profit from these expensive green fees. This revenue should be going to Torrey Pines and the City of San Diego.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better courses for less nearby
 
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Rank ID # : 015816
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Bakersfield, CA

$251 (cart included), played on Saturday, June 2011 at 10am

The South Course was great and great fun. Very fair if you put it where you should. Conditions were wonderful even though it was the "June Gloom". Pace was suprisingly good. A great price value for locals but pretty pricey for us tourists. Pro shop staff was disconected, going through the motions but the starter & cart staff were EXCELLENT. Stayed at the Logde which added to the experience. Should have stayed an extra day and played the North Course. Next time!

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 014629
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Escondido, CA

$101 (cart not included), played on Wednesday, May 2011 at 4pm

Beautiful.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 014066
Golf Course ranker Photo, Ron McCann
Austin, TX

$251 (cart included), played on Saturday, October 2009 at 8am

Second time this year and still tough. Greens are perfect, yet I 4 putted twice. Long course, rough a little lower than usual at 3" so still a challenge. Biggest problem is it is a muny, so be sure you have a 4some or you may be paired with hackers. CPO after overseed makes it even harder...walk. Make the trip perfect by staying on campus at the Lodge. Pricey on weekend with hotel guaranteed tee time. "I'll be back."

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 008883
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Austin, TX

$176 (cart included), played on Thursday, March 2006 at 8am

Views were incredible. Rough was impossible. Everyone has got to play it twice. Greens were punched in mid march, still a little holy (pun intended).

Would travel: 0-10 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 # : 006694
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Richmond, TX

$151 (cart included), played on Tuesday, December 2008 at 10am

Very beautiful scenery and worth doing ONCE if you are not a resident or rich.

My main complaint was that the course is being set up for the Buick Invitational in February and it is much too difficult to play for most amateurs. The rough was so high that any ball off the fairway was usually lost. That took a lot of the fun out of it(even the pros would have problems if they did not have thousands of people and professional caddies to find wayward balls for them). If you did find the ball you were swinging in grass 4"+. Also because of the tournament it was cart path only.

The greens are challenging since they are so different than the ones we play in Texas. BIG breaks and very fast. However, they are fairly bumpy which surprised me. I played with some local guys that were cursing the course because of the set-up.

If you are going to play there and you are not almost a scratch golfer, be sure to check that there is no tournament scheduled any time soon. The tournament set-up is too challenging for a teen + handicap. All that said, I am very happy I got to play there and did really enjoy the beauty of the course.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line:
 
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Rank ID # : 005536
Golf Course ranker Photo, Todd Lafferty
Pleasanton, CA

Do Not Recall (cart included), played on Sunday, August 2006 at 10am

I'm not sure I'm as impressed by this course as others are. The holes that run along the ocean are great, the ones back toward the clubhouse average. For the money, it's just too much for a non-resident to make it worth it when there are so many other good courses in San Diego.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 003840
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San Diego, CA

$46 (cart not included), played on Monday, June 2008 at noon

I am a San Diego city resident so, of course, the price was great! The course conditions are in US Open condition...incredible.

Would travel: 0-10 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 # : 003470
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Leominster, MA

$151 (cart not included), played on Thursday, October 2007 at 10am

I'd recommend this course, but feel it's too much $$ - especially since locals pay a lot less...

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 001506
4.3/5
Based on 15 reviews
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