The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 14
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 14
The green of the 14th hole at Torrey Pines North provides a marvelous backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 16
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 16
The most thrilling tee shot at Torrey Pines North is at the par-4 16th, which plays uphill and hugs the coastline. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 4
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 4
The fourth hole at Torrey Pines North is a par 4 dogleg to the left. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 15
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 15
The par-3 15th hole at Torrey Pines North heads downhill toward the ocean. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 16
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 16
The par-4 16th hole at Torrey Pines North has a bailout area left of the green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 17
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 17
The par-5 17th hole is a great birdie opportunity at Torrey Pines North. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 15
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 15
A view of Torrey Pines North's par-3 15th hole, which can play 202 yards from the black tees. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - No. 14
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - No. 14
The par-4 14th hole's approach shot plays to a green with an ocean backdrop. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 18
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 18
Tom Weiskopf renovated Torrey Pines North in 2016, which was originally designed by William F. Bell in 1957. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 12
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 12
A view from behind the par-3 12th hole at Torrey Pines North. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 9
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 9
Torrey Pines North hosts the Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA Tour. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 12
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 12
The par-3 12th hole plays entirely over a ravine on the North Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - oceanfront views
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - oceanfront views
There are as many oceanfront views on the North Course as the South Course at Torrey Pines. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 8
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 8
The par-3 eighth hole at Torrey Pines North plays up to 214 yards from an elevated tee. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 14
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 14
The par-4 14th hole at Torrey Pines North heads toward the ocean and ultimately heads downhill and to the left. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 18
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 18
The 18th hole at Torrey Pines North is a long par 4 that can play up to 486 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - lodge
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - lodge
The Lodge at Torrey Pines is steps from the putting green and has a great bar for after the round. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Tour the new North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Torrey Pines North, the lesser-known (but more often played) course at Torrey Pines, reopened at the end of 2016 following an extensive renovation by golf course architect Tom Weiskopf. The North, which hosts an unfathomable number of public rounds each year -- 80,000-plus -- needed a facelift. Weiskopf's mission was to build something that would be playable to the masses, manage the excessive traffic and yet also serve as a PGA capable host, as the North co-hosts the opening rounds of the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open.

From a scenery perspective, as you'll see in these images, the North doesn't take much if any backseat to Torrey Pines South . The nines have been reversed since the redesign, so now the real great stretch of holes comes on Nos. 14-16, all of which play along the edge of the bluffs along the Pacific Ocean. But much like the South Course, virtually every point of this municipal parkland provides spectacular scenery. The round is certainly easier than the South Course, with a few more short par 4s and larger, more receptive greens.

San Diego city residents receive substantial discounts to play Torrey Pines North and South, but for visitors, the North is a little less expensive ranging from $68 weekday twilight to $131 in prime time, plus a $45 booking fee. It's still pricy, but checks in at a shade under most of the top shelf golf courses in Carlsbad like Aviara Golf Club or The Grand Golf Club . ( Read Brandon Tucker's full review of the North Course ).

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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