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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Par 72
Length 7707 yards
Slope 144
Rating 78.2

Course Details

Year Built 1957
Fairways Kikuya Grass
Greens Poa Annua Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect William F. Bell (1957) Rees Jones (2001) Greg Muirhead (2001) Rees Jones (2019)

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

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3.0
27 Reviews (27)

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A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 6
Advanced Golfers 6
Locals 6

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Save your money

They have been working on these two courses for the last 10 years. RARELY will you find either one in decent shape unless it's PGA tournament time then they poor a million gallons of water on it to make it look good. Our last 2 Greens keepers are atrocious. Dirt patches everywhere. Punch greens and it takes a month to recover. Fairways are normally lousy and traps are normally hard pan. The locals have been screwed. They spend millions and nothing gets done to make the place playable 8 months out of the year. RARELY do I get a positive feedback from a tourist I'm playing with.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Marc 10

Do not waste your money or time to play the South Course right now . If you are not able to get a tee time to play the North Course please go elsewhere . You will be very unhappy with your experience on the South Course . Between the construction on holes 15 & 16 and the general conditions of the course its a joke they are only giving you a discount of $ 20.00 . It should be half the fee right now . Please do your self a favor . Until the construction is completed avoid this golf course and find another place to play in San Diego . From what I have been told there are many in the area that will not charge the ridiculous prices that Torrey Pines does for green fees . They are living on a reputation that frankly is not even close to what it should be .

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Horrible!

When it was all said and done I spent $340. I have never played a course in worse condition. They told us 2 holes would be closed. They did not tell us we would be treated poorly by staff and play a course that was completely under construction. It's absolutely shameful and they should be embarrassed of their product!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

What a dump!

Torrey Pines should be embarrassed and ashamed of the way the course is. They told us ahead of time 2 holes would be closed but they did not say the rest of the course would be in shambles. Construction everywhere, dead grass roped off around half of the greens, and bathrooms closed. The worst part was the price.

$85 a piece to book in advance.
$232 green fee.
$20 ($20 discount per person usually $40 for old carts)

The staff was rude. They all seemed put out that we were there. Horrible experience. For a $300+ round I would have hoped for something positive, anything, and they found a way to mess that up.

TAKE THIS PILE OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST!!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

What a dump!

I take a client to a new course every year and this year was Torrey. They told us two holes would be closed but did not mention the course is in shambles. In fact I have NEVER played anywhere near that bad. They should be ashamed and embarrassed.

Here is the cost:

$85 per person to book a tee time in advance.
$232 per person green fee.
$20 per person cart fee. Old carts, no navigation,.

Complete ripoff! They do not care about anything except your money!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Play At Your Own Risk

I honestly have very mixed feeling when playing TP south. I hate their greens, their pace of play is horrendous, and their staff is rude, especially the valley girls that work at the halfway house or work the drink cart.

I prefer the north greens over the south, as I have a very hard time putting on poa grass. The south is more expensive for no reason other than it's the "Championship" course.... The north has much better views and hole layouts, in my opinion.

Something to note is that the city owns the golf course but a private company owns the lodge, carts, and concessions. Therefore, the private company can charge an arm and a leg for everything! Their carts are $40 per cart. So, if you're a single you will pay $40. If two random singles are paired together then one person has to pay $40 for the cart and get $20 from the random person they're paired with. Horrible system.

Overall, if you're a resident of SD and like to walk, TP south is a great course! If you're a nonresident and like to ride, then go to Maderas, Omni La Costa, or Aviara.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Atlanta Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Playing where the Pros play!

Before playing Torrey Pines, I was warned that it is "underwhelming, wasn't worth the money, and that I should play the North course or simply somewhere else." Well I can say now after having played the South course, that I absolutely loved it! I paid $122 which is twilight on a weekday and for a PGA Tour course, it was worth the money.

The views were outstanding. Even on a cloudy day, it was pretty cool to just look out into the Pacific over the magnificent cliffs.

The history of watching Tiger here over the years and then playing those same holes was really cool. I played with a friend who lives locally and makes Torrey his home course and he pointed out many areas where shots that you or I wouldve seen over the years were taken.

It was the fall so conditions weren't the typical overseed like during the Farmers Insurance Open. It had some rough patches around but it didn't really take away from the round. What stood out was how well-maintained the tee boxes and greens were the last week in September. All around, a great day. And don't forget to stop in the pro shop, its massive and has everything!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
N Y N J Advisor

3.5 stars for the golf holes, 5 stars for the scenery

This is a very good course and enjoyable to play. The setting is beautiful (not like Pebble Beach or Punta Espada, but still gorgeous on high cliffs with the Pacific ocean as far as you can see on most of the holes). The golf holes are good to very good, just not as great as the best courses. There are a few standout holes but mostly it is a good collection of fine golf holes with nothing spectacular. They play up and down with good fairway movement and good greens. The course is not a killer like Bethpage Black as they keep the rough much lower for regular play (at least when I played). The hole corridors are wide so you can hit driver many times. The bunkers are numerous and deep. Overall it was a good experience and enjoyable round.

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

Great course and great views

Went to visit my sister who moved to San Diego and had to play the course. I was a single and walking up was super easy... barely waited. The course has some great views and is well maintained. Some really demanding holes that asks a lot of the golfer to keep it in the fairway. That rough is truly brutal. It’s a true muni and has a starter window like a bank teller. The course was a little pricey for an out of towner, but I can’t complain because I get to pay New York Rates for bethpage black. Definitely going to play it again.

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

Spectacular!

This will probably be the best golf course you will ever play. Great conditions, awesome views, and of course a U.S. Open course. A must play course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Texas Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Torrey Pines South... take 2

I don't usually double up reviewing courses, but it's been 4 years since I first played the South Course and thought it was a good time for a follow up.

This was one of the first really nice courses I played in the country, so of course I gave it 5 stars the first time around. Having played at several other great courses since then, I think 4 stars is right since there are no halvsies here.

The South Course is difficult. The fairways are narrow, and the rough is sticky (and a little wet both times I've played). If you aren't driving the ball well... you're in for a long day. The greens are no picnic either, but they roll incredibly true and are some my favorite greens I've ever played on. For some reason they just agree with me.

The layout of the course is pretty good. There are hazards place relatively strategically to influence your shot selection. In theory this is great, but because it's such a long course, the average hitter probably has little choice but to hit driver on most holes and take on the risk of the hazards. Otherwise, reaching greens in two would not be feasible. The real point would be, the course is more interesting if you play from the tees that fit your game. Hole 3 is obviously a classic. Number 2 is a fun risk/reward par 4, and one of the few shorter par 4s on the course. My favorite holes are 6 and 7. Six is a sweeping par 5 that forces a decision off the tee. Layup short of the bunkers, play a fade around the bend, or try to blast it right over the bend! Seven is a tough par 4 up the hill. A bunker guards the left side off the tee, but trees guard the right. The green is elevated and depending on the pin position you can be totally blocked off from the right side of the fairway. Very cool hole.

The back 9 stretch of 13-15 is also quite nice with a little variety thrown in on a course otherwise demanding of long, straight drives.

This course is an absolute classic, and for good reason. It's challenging both by layout and environment. The wind will blow and it will hurt! There are a few holes with incredible views... mainly holes 3 and 4. If you're just looking for views, I suggest the North Course. South Course is (slightly) superior golf though.

Final notes:
- since i first played, you can now book online 5 days in advance (even out of state). i was able to book a saturday morning time on friday evening!
- if you are able, walk! the course is more fun to take in on foot and it's almost guaranteed to be a near 5 hour round anyway.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Just Ok!

Torrey Pines is a muni golf course at a resort price. I was disappointed that cart was not included in the price and no one bothered to tell us that. The cart was the bare minimum. No coolers and no GPS.
The layout was ok, but certainly enhanced by the scenic views of the Pacific Ocean. I thought the course was in fantastic condition. The outside staff was unimpressive and showed a lack of interest in the golfers. No one was present to help with clubs or clean them following the round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Outstanding views with poor conditions

Top line: expensive course with sub-par muni conditions

I, like most golfers, had the Torrey Pines as a ‘must play’ on my list. While I don’t regret playing it again, you need to lower your expectations for the conditions. If you are playing $200+ for a round of golf, one would expect for there not to be standing water in bunkers and tee boxes that were dirt patches... The layout was very cool that required lots of different shots, and the views were the absolute best.

Bottom line: while it was fun to play the course the Pros play, poor conditions made it less fun

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Forget your mid irons! Bring fairway metals and hybrids!!

Took advantage of an early teetime being available after Super Bowl Sunday and a poor weather forecast which probably persuaded some pre-booked players to cancel! Being from the UK a spot of wind and rain doesn't phase me and as it turned out the weather was very benign. This was fortunate because even playing of the Green tee, 6,600 yards the coures plays really long, and that's when you're hitting from the short stuff! Never hit some many 200yd approach shots. That said the ball sits up on perfect fairways which helps. First cut of semi is fine but stray into the proper rough and you've no chance of moving the ball far enough.

Greens were perfect although my playing partners (locals who know the course) said they were a bit slow! I'd watched plenty of the Pros playing the Farmers miss short puts and blaming the type of grass, powana? but for me they were excellent surfaces.

Green fees are high for non San Diego residents but I felt I got value for money in playing a US Open venue (quite well) and am looking forward to seeing the course on TV again so I can regale my friends with where I hit my shots relative to where the pros are!!

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
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Walked

Muni Supreme

I haven't been to Bethpage yet, so it's safe to say this is the best muni I've played in the U.S. What a fabulous 36-hole, nothing-but-golf setting overlooking the ocean the whole way. The clubhouse ain't much, but the first hole, headed straight towards the ocean, revs you up for what you know will be a thrilling round. The front nine wastes no time getting you out towards the coast. The par-3 3rd is marvelous with an infinity backdrop and the 4th is a long par-4 with nothing but a steep drop off between you and the waves.

The back nine is really interesting too. The par-5 13th and its intimidating bunkers simply ate my lunch, but I managed to finish pretty strong down the stretch to salvage a respectable round not too high above my handicap.

It's pretty tough to make any penalty strokes here. But I have to say, I can't believe they keep the rough this thick. It's been a wet winter in SD, and the Famers is just weeks away, so I get it. But man, given the fairways are pretty narrow, it's a constant easter egg hunt for groups spraying it a little bit. I'll say this: If you want the hack-and-wack U.S. Open experience, you've come to the right place. Greens were fast but not lightening, but in excellent shape. I'm told the rough tends to die a little bit in the warmer months. Frankly I think the layout is good enough to need to keep the rough that thick, but it's got a pro golf rep to uphold.

Pace was a little rough and we were behind a five-some, but the course didn't seem crazy busy (on a weekday). I couldn't help but notice that a pro golfer, John Rahm, was a few groups behind us. It was cart path only but I walked, paired up with two guys who rode. This wouldn't be a fun round in a cart w/cart-path only because if you're like me, you lose the line of your ball when it's in the rough when you have to walk across the fairway from the cart path.

Be sure to stop into the bar at the next door Lodge for a pint and lunch. It's a great cozy spot. (it was cold and rainy so no one was outside, but I'll bet it's a festive scene on a nice day).

$192 for an out-of-towner like me is pretty good compared to the rates at high-end courses like Aviara and Maderas, etc.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Right on point with this review!!

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Boston Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Bucket List Course.

I traveled to Lajolla specially to play Torrey Pines and was not disappointed. I could only play the south side to north being closed due to renovations. Some of the most memorable holes I've ever played... #3 ,#4 #1, #5,and #17 are amazing. Course had some bare spots but tees and greens were flawless, that's what counts. Factor in golf history ,weather and culture and I was thrilled to be able to play. I stayed at Hilton on 18th fairway so that made experience more complete. Only drawback was no on site clubhouse for refreshments but The Lodge is right there. Pro shop is a huge department store with all ur Torrey needs. Will be back to do North!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Torrey Pines South Course

This place does live up to the hype. Great deal if you are a SD local a bit more if you are from out of town.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

A unique course with unique culture

I now live in LA, I played the NORTH last year and I played the SOUTH yesterday. This course is a great one, It's a legendary course and the most famous design from William Bell and Son. You immediately step into history and local golf culture here, make sure to chat with as many employees and locals as possible, they are very friendly with some great knowledge of the place. The staff is on their "A" game anybody that says different on here probably has some personal issues that they are projecting onto their experience here...but don't we all do that from time to time. The course is't extremely intimidating visually. Don't get me wrong, some of the approach shots are scary with the bunker layouts and raised blind greens from your approach. Also the par 4s play really long, really tough to get on in 2 with a head wind. I play a lot of public courses in LA and the greens here are a million times faster, hard for me to get used to uphill putts. The rough was down according to the locals we played with, still there were areas around the greens where my ball would get buried in some rough and it was very hard to play that kinda shot to a raised green, partly because I'm not used to being in that kinda rough with such short touchy shot, I screwed up a few times in that situation. In the rough with a long shot I was able to play it off my back foot and advance it nicely. Reading the greens was like being on an acid trip. This William bell was a sick genius, you swear you have a uphill left to right putt just to find out it's very much downhill right to left. I don't think I'm a slow golfer as I'm usually right on the leading group's butt when playing, but here I guess we ended up a hole behind after the first few holes. A local playing behind us kinda let us know that he was a local that has played there for the last 30yrs and that we should pick up our pace(he kinda yelled at us)...which we did and he thanked us for it later. I totally respect any local golf culture that I'm walking into and I hate when duffers visit a famous track and play super slow while taking a bunch of videos and pics with their phones...show some class people!! And make sure to play Torrey! If you respect the course and don't get too greedy, you can post a decent score at a true test of a course. It's not that difficult to get a tee time if you do your research and you will experience the game where so many greats have walked.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0

It's good to play once a year or so if you live in San Diego but it's a busy golf course that can get beat up. Play it in the springtime before really heavy play hits. Looking forward to playing the revamped north

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