North at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course

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4.0
11
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.9
Layout
3.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
2.4
Amenities
3.8
80.4%
Recommend this course
10 out of 11 reviews
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3.7
3
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.3
Layout
3.3
Pace
2.3
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.3
66.7%
Recommend this course
2 out of 3 reviews
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3.7
3
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
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Conditions
3.0
Value
3.3
Layout
3.3
Pace
2.3
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.3
66.7%
Recommend this course
2 out of 3 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7258
Slope 131
Rating 75.3
Type Public/Municipal
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7258 yards 75.3 131
Taupe 72 6781 yards 73.2 126
Green (W) 72 6346 yards 77.3 132
Green 72 6346 yards 71.2 122
Gold 72 5851 yards 68.9 117
Gold (W) 72 5851 yards 74.5 128
Silver 72 5197 yards 65.6 110
Silver (W) 72 5197 yards 71.5 125
Scorecard for North
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
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
Handicap 5 1 9 3 13 7 17 15 11 12 18 14 4 6 16 8 10 2
Par 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 36 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1957
Fairways Kikuyu/Rye Grass
Greens Bent - Tyee 007 blend Grass
Golf Season Year round

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

4.0
11

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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
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
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Texas Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Torrey Tough

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!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

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.

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

Excellent views

Worth every penny

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

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.

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

Splurge

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!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather

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)

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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