North at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course
|Green (W)||72||6346 yards||77.3||132|
|Gold (W)||72||5851 yards||74.5||128|
|Silver (W)||72||5197 yards||71.5||125|
|Black M: 75.3/131||421||495||241||479||525||416||322||214||556||3669||536||339||203||459||451||202||393||520||486||3589||7258|
|Taupe M: 73.2/126||410||431||183||433||503||400||322||174||512||3368||524||337||174||430||408||177||388||520||455||3413||6781|
|Green M: 71.2/122 W: 77.3/132||395||412||183||416||483||389||274||167||476||3195||506||321||155||399||352||165||345||486||422||3151||6346|
|Gold M: 68.9/117 W: 74.5/128||351||355||164||357||437||380||259||161||460||2924||460||310||108||383||340||145||336||472||373||2927||5851|
|Silver M: 65.6/110 W: 71.5/125||322||344||145||317||424||309||233||128||401||2623||422||258||101||306||292||141||308||404||342||2574||5197|
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.
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.
Torrey Pines North... a perfect compliment to the South
This was my first time on the North Course at Torrey Pines. I was very curious to see what all the fuss was about after the recent redesign.
Right off the bat, you can tell this is a very different course from the South. While the fairways are still generally narrow, the rough seemed a little gentler. There seemed to be fewer hazards in play off the tee, which made tee shots much less strategic. In this sense, the North is more open than the South. On most holes you can hit away without much worry about whether you'll still have an approach shot.
However, the greens quite complex. Unfortunately, they were recently punched when I played, but you can still see how much more contour they have compared to the South (and it's not like the greens on South are flat!). Hole 8 in particular has a crazy green with a shelf on the left side and a deep thumbprint on the right side. A perfect compliment to a shorter par 4.
I found the back 9 to be very enjoyable. The almost driveable 11th and the very nice par 3 12th are fun holes. 14-17 were my favorites though. 14 you hit a semi-blind tee shot up a chute framed by tall pines towards the ocean, a very cool site. 15 is a stunning downhill par 3 with a great view of the ocean and of #4 green on the south course. 16 boasts a dramatic tee shot from an elevated box with the ocean all along the left. When you reach 16 green, you are totally isolated from everything with no other holes in sight. This is a very cool and unusual feeling because most of the two courses are tightly confined. 17 offers you one last beautiful tee shot over a canyon that extends along the left hand side. Very enjoyable hole.
Overall, I don't think the North Course is quiet a challenging as the South, or as strategically interesting. However, I think it wins hands down for scenery and fun. There are many holes where you can see the ocean and many others where canyons are visible. Add those to the areas the course has left sandy and let the brush grow up and you get a beautiful scene and one quite different from the South Course that is mainly green.
I think this course is very worth your time and a better value for the price than South. Personally, I'd still pick the South Course if I could only play one, but the North Course is a fantastic option that is cheaper, prettier, and more fun for the average golfer.
It used to be you could play the North course and avoid a solid kick to the gunt like on the South. No mas. The new bent grass greens repel shots over 130yds unless struck with very precise contact and spin. You better play a tour ball as well. Green complexes were redesigned with a ton of movement and sometimes multiple tiers. Frustrating to hit a 160 yd 7 iron only to see it release off the back. But that's the new reality. Adjust your expectations and enjoy the views. Not a fan of the fact they removed so many trees....but the views are million dollar from most of the course. As mentioned, nines have been reversed. ...meh on that. Still one of the best deals anywhere for twilight. Get on it!
New North course layout
The redesign is epic, the front 9 is beautiful, but when you wind your way past the beautiful 14th, you get to the most beautiful hole in San Diego, 15 par 3 overlooking the ocean, with the beautiful pines. Just because it's not the tough south course, doesn't mean it's not tough. This course was super challenging, my short game and putting was great, other than that my second shot needs the most work. This is one very special golf course.
Worth every penny
Post-renovation, the North is a wonderful complement
I played the North course the day after getting beat up on the South. As I mentioned in my South review, the rough is wet and thick at Torrey right now thanks to some heavy (and welcomed) winter rains. Suffice to say, I welcomed the fact it wasn't as tough. Tom Weiskopf led the renovation of the North, which plays right next to the South, and his aim was to provide something playable and fun. That said, it can still tip-out quite long and is still used in the first two rounds of the Farmers Open.
Weiskopf flipped the nines, and the best part of the course comes midway into the back nine. The par-4 14th hole plays downhill towards the coast, and the scenic par-3 15th tee shot is perhaps the most thrilling shot in property. But I really love the drive on the par-4 16th that plays uphill along the bluffs.
So where does it stack up among the best courses in San Diego? Based on the ones I've played, which is about a dozen, I think it's fringe Top 5 but closer to top 10. This course gets on average 80,000 rounds a year, so if you're prefer the more wide open fairways of high-end/resort courses, this isn't your horse. But from a scenery perspective, the North comes pretty close to the South, and playability wise, if you don't feel like getting beat up on the South, the North will be loads of fun.
What a place. Magical views and setting along the Pacific. Don't worry that the pace of play is terrible - where else would you rather be? Too bad that the front 9 is the better as it hugs the cliffs, but the back 9 keeps the sea views. The rough is much nastier than its short length looks. For someone coming from bent grass on the east coast, it takes some getting used to on the Poa and Kikuyu grasses. Hit it in the fairway!
Fun Playing Experience at Torrey "Lite"
I've played here a few times now; consistently a fun course to play. The first seven holes are rather similar to the South course, hugging the cliffs and showcasing great coastal views. The remaining 11 holes are relatively straight-forward straight forward by comparison as they work away from the water. Sometimes the course can slow up a bit during twilight, particularly around the front nine par 3's. That said, if you're looking for a less expensive option to the South course (and have already played it), consider the North course.
Best course I have ever played!
Bar none look no further, the best course in SD and the US for views, conditions, greens, and challenges. It is open to the public, even better if you are a city resident as your green fees are reduced. (75% off)
Torrey North - Still a winner
Torrey - North, while the little sister of Torrey - South, is still a great test of golf and, on this day, was in great shape just prior to the Farmers. Course played a little slow on the front, but opened up on the back. Holes 6 and 7 are right along the water and offer fantastic views.