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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Par 72
Length 7258 yards
Slope 131
Rating 75.3

Course Details

Year Built 1957
Fairways Kikuyu/Rye Grass
Greens Bent - Tyee 007 blend Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect William F. Bell (1957) Tom Weiskopf (2016) David Rainville (1975)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $20
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper Golf Attire Required

Reviews

4.6
29 Reviews (29)
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Handicap 15-19
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5.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Top public course in the US - hands down!!

This is a bucket list course! I cannot believe it's a municipal course, because in my humble opinion it's in better shape than most high end private or semi-private courses. Torrey North is absolutely gorgeous. All holes are unique and scenic, even those not facing the ocean. Torrey is the gem of golf in Southern California. The conditions were absolutely perfect, from the tee boxes, to the fairways to the greens. I wish I would have driven the ball straight, I was stuck in the rough a lot, which made it very challenging. I don't see how the pros played from the rough during the Farmers Insurance, back then the rough was even taller. Even though the track seemed wide open, the fairways are actually pretty narrow if you don't want to land it in the rough. The ultimate touch was all the flyovers of F-18s and Ospreys, just gave it the ultimate American touch!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Walked

Long Rough

A combination of recent rain and preparation for the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open made the rough fairly long and difficult to find golf balls. The fairways also seemed to have been a narrowed making the course play a bit more difficult than regular times.

Overall the course is in great shape and you really can't find a better value for SD residents on a Sat morning. We had a 6:50 tee time and finished in just about 4 hours.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
First Time Playing

Started out A little foggy

The course was in pretty good shape but for the price I don't know if I would play there again

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Torrey North or South are Great Courses

I'm a local so the price is really good if you live in the San Diego City area. The views are always great at Torrey and the weather is usually perfect. The South course plays longer but still has its original greens as of 2019 even though they could be changing soon. The North has been completely redesigned and the 9's reversed but the design is perfect. The fairway bunkers are mostly out of play for the average golfer to speed things up a bit which is really good. The greens have a aeration system built in so the greens are always dry and fairly fast. Overall the courses are great and most importantly fun. Don't forget to stop at the bar and outdoor restaurant for an ice cold beer and a famous burger...

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good Muni course

First time playing North since the reno. Got lucky to get a decent tee time. (Getting decent tee times online is similar to getting comic con tickets) The North course was in good conditon. Pace of play was slow due to an event that morning (It did not mention this during booking). I recommend that you play this course during the week. I still get peeved that the cart is $40 (not part of city operations). But I guess being a resident gets me a cheaper tee time so it's a wash. Still $92 to play a course can add up if you play multiple times per week.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played

Torrey Pines North - My First Choice

I love playing at Torrey Pines, and the North Course is always my first choice. Although so much history has occurred on the South, it is celebrated as soon as you walk in from the parking lot.

It’s such a special place, with its ocean views, broad canyons, and the occasional snakes or coyotes.

The course is kept in great condition, and I play there any time I can.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Awesome views!

This is my first time playing here and it's a great course with some awesome views. The pace of play was a little so next time I would definitely walk. Pretty flat course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Outstanding course and breathtaking views

Recently Played the Torrey pines north course with my dad I’ve never had a golf course exceed my expectations but this course definitely did Tom Weiskopf did an outstanding job on the redesign and the views over the rocky cliffs of La Jolla and the Pacific Ocean were unparalleled the course itself is relatively forgiving but still packs a punch especially when you get around and on the greens staff was to say the least were snobby and not very accommodating to be honest but I highly recommend playing this golf course especially if you get to play it in the afternoon around sunset the views are the best then if you want a fast round play early in the morning if you play in the afternoon prepare for a 4 and a half to 5 hour round but everything considered this course Ian a must play if you’re in San Diego.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

On 18 in 2

Wonderful experience. San Diegans love their course, and when people heard we were going to Torrey the next day, we received copious advice. We were warned not to fly the greens as they were like trampolines. However, that is my game and I was able to hold the greens well. Besides the ocean side breathtaking views, my greatest thrill was getting on 18 in two strokes!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

North vs. South

Played both and preferred the North course even though everyone comes here to play the South.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Texas Advisor
First Time Playing

As a non resident - you’re Paying for the views, not for the course...

Torrey Pines is an iconic golf course, and Those of us old enough might remember playing the south on the old LINKS pc game back in the 90s!

Played with a bunch of 12 buddies on a golf trip from various parts of the states so we did not qualify for the resident rates. The greens had been aerated and there were no discounts as a result.

My review then is tainted by what represents value for golf. We payed over $200 each to play the North course. I believe residents pay much less. For $200 you are better off playing Maderas twice and going for a hike in Torrey Pines reserve.

Of course, as a course itself it is a lovely layout. It’s very playable for golfers of all skill levels, as there aren’t many trees. The rough is thick but not unplayable. The front nine is pretty straight forward. We played on a lovely day so wind wasn’t so much of a factor that it might otherwise be.

I particularly like the back 9 with the views of the pacific. The 10th is a straight par five right at the pacific. Heaven forbid playing this into a strong breeze! The par 3 downhill 15th is iconic of course, and the uphill par 4 16th is a fabulous golf hole with arguably one of the prettiest vistas in golf. 17 is a charming par 5 that is makable in 2 as well.

In all honestly despite the majestic views of the pacific I was a little disappointed with the course having just played Steele Canyon and Maderas. Nothing to do with the aerated greens. The fairways were not as manicured as I thought they would be for a course that I paid $200 to play. Reminded me of a $40 muni. Having said that the ball sat up very nicely and was easy to hit when laying on the fairway.

We had a meal at the 19th hole bar. Nicely designed building with great food and craft beer was available at reasonable prices.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Great end to the trip

Brought a group of 12 buddies to San Diego and we finished up at Torrey Pines North. Playing the South never really crossed our minds given it's getting a lot of work done this summer and it's also way more difficult. There were some high handicappers in my group and I know they loved the more forgiving layout compared to Steele Canyon and Maderas.

The course is a lot of fun to play, especially the back nine, which kicks off with a great par 5 straight towards the ocean. I love the 16th hole too that plays up the hill along the coast. The course had been aerated about 10 days earlier so greens were running slower than previous rounds, and it's too bad they don't give any kind of price break for that, but hey it's a busy place that doesn't have a problem booking up. I booked our three times about 75 days in advance and it was already filling up.

We stuck around for drinks on the lodge patio. All in all a great cap to the weekend.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Challenging - touch overrated perhaps?

Was super excited at the opportunity to play this course.

Customer experience prior to tee off was lacking. Particularly compared to the other San Diego courses I played, I feel there was no effort to customer.

Course is exactly as what you expect when you see this on tv. However, playing it I didn't get a buzz.

Very expensive as non resident too.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Great Value and Views at this Venue

Just finished playing three rounds on the north course right before it closes for farmers open

As a single (sandwiched golf between a conference) it was easy to get on the north course. Got on the website 3 days ahead as a non resident 7 pm pst) and found numerous options to play. Early golfers before 730 were able to get around in 3.5 hours walking. Was cart path only; prior to the PGA event, so walk it.

Definitely have lunch or a snack at the Torrey pines grill. You can see the course and putting green and ocean! If you have the time the outdoor fireplace or table fire pits make for a great 19th hole and relaxing venue

Tips. Bring water... a number of the course water fountains were not working. Leave time to walk from parking lot to starter to practice range (about 400 to 600 yds apart) and have to check in minimum 30 min early n be on tee 10 min early
Rough will eat your balls especially if foggy, early am or overcast ...bring extra socks. IF you are a single and want to play either course, at least in January, I found it quite easy to walk on if you come in around 0700. There are no discounts, for anyone except residents... and they pay 1/2 to 1/3 what guests from out of town pay, however I still thought it was great value.

Beverage cart makes frequent appearances.

The course, played from the proper tees for your game, is not difficult. I would consider it fair without a lot of hidden greens or tricky holes. Greens were fast in prep for the farmers open. Most greens were large and easy to approach when the flag was not hidden behind a bunker. A few doglegs that have you choosing between driver to cut the dogleg or 3 wood to be safe. The views on the back nine, along the pacific are awe inspiring.

very much enjoyed the course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

San Diego At Its Best

I lived in San Diego for 20 years and I can't believe this is the first time that I have played Torrey. Sure, it would have been nice to pay the unbelievably low resident rate, but I would happily pay the non-resident rate again if it meant I got to play another 18.

The weather was perfect (of course!), the turf was immaculate, and the views were spectacular! The greens were challenging and also in great shape.

My biggest complaint was the length of the rough. It was so long and thick that even if you saw where your ball landed, you *maybe* had a 50/50 chance of finding it. Even though I lost a dozen balls or so in this rough, I inadvertently found just as many.

Can't wait to play the south course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Best Course for SD Residents, Great Course for Visitors

Payed $25 as a Resident to play this course and it was in perfect shape. From tee to green everything was well kept and green. Only minuses were the tee boxes were moved up, rough was very long, and greens were very hard and fast. Amazing sunset and ocean views, course layout was very fun also. Course may be very expensive for visitors but very worth it on a beautiful day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
2.0
First Time Playing

Average to below average municipal course.

If you want to pay premium level course prices for fair at best course conditions to get the views go for it. If not way over priced for the conditions. With no views that couse would cost $20 less than the price of a cart. I dont get how the PGA use that course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

Awesome course

Played this course as a tune up for the South the next day. The course is definitely easier and more walkable than the South. That being said, it was still a fun test of golf. The fairways are wider but still demands a good tee shot. You will pay if you’re in the rough on some holes. I enjoyed the routing and again like the South, this course had fantastic views. If I had to compare I think Bethpage Black beats south for the best and most challenging truly public courses to host an open. I’d give the nod to North over bethpage Red for the younger sibling courses.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great place!

Much easier than the south course, with less bunkers and not as long. It could be argued that the north is more scenic than the south, with spectacular ocean and canyon views. Conditions a little worse than the south, but still very good.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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