Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines GC, La Jolla. North Course by William F. Bell (1957) with revisions by Tom Weiskopf (2016).

Though it’s sort of considered the little sister course to the South, there are actually a few more holes here that interact with the cliffs and some of the topography is more interesting. And while it’s clearly the easier of the two courses, for your average player the challenge here—thick rough, small greens—is all you want. I’ve only seen the renovations on TV but they look great—freshening the course and bunkers, but retaining the feel of the place.

To a great extent, I think the North actually got the better site, in terms of coast line. The stretch that now starts the back nine from 11 through 17 all offering the canyons directly in play or dramatic land movement and incredible views isn’t matched by any stretch on the South.

California 3rd Quintile [2002]

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