5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, California 92067, US
(858) 756-1123
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About Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

The Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, inspired by a Spanish colonial hacienda, indulges guests with 49 private casitas with private patios and fireplaces. The Forbes five-star resort and spa aims to rejuvenate with wellness, fitness and pampering. Two signature restaurants, Veladora and The Pony Room, serve distinctive Coastal Ranch cuisines. Tennis is onsite, while the resort has relationships for special discounts for playing golf at Torrey Pines, Aviara and two local private clubs, The Farms Golf Club and Del Mar Country Club.

Facts

Price Range$$$$
Property Class★★★★★
Acres45
Year Opened1989
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Casual
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?Yes

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4.5
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Handicap 5-9
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Ahhh.. to be a San Diego resident.

This golf course isn't worth $200 plus dollars for us out-of-towners but I'm still glad I can check it off the bucket list.

I went down this year from LA as a birthday present to myself and played the North course the day before I played the South. While the North course is probably more fun, it's obvious the South was made for the big stage.. And that's exactly what you're paying for when you come here from out of town. You're paying for the US Open name. If you're lucky enough to be a resident, this place is might be golf heaven with the dirt cheap rates comparatively.

I don't really mind that system, if I'm being honest. I like that locals get a steal and folks from elsewhere have to pay a premium, but I will say, it's not worth the premium price tag. It's a course that's probably worth $140 tops, but hey... US Open.

The range is kind of awful. The practice area was closed due to COVID and it looked nice-ish, if not way too small to accommodate how busy the course is.

The views from some of the holes are breathtaking, but if I'm being honest, I feel like the North course incorporates the coastline better.

Holes 3 and 4 are the best photo ops, so you'll all still at least be smiling before the course has it's wicked way with you. If the rough is up, the course is TOUGH. If the rough is down, the course is "get"able but long. The greens were in good shape but not near as fast as I imagined they might be. The group ahead of us was two holes behind and were never approached by a marshal. That made the round longer than it needed to be.

All in all, I don't anticipate ever playing there again but I'm glad I can say I did. And if anything, watching the US Open next year will be a bit more fun knowing I've stood on those bluffs and felt the wind in my face on my 230 approach shot. :-)

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Everything I dreamed of!

The south course is in phenomenal shape! The greens were punched on 4/20 based on the info on Torreys site, and they’ve come back great! Tee boxes, fairways, bunkers, all perfect! Rough was cut fairly low which made my round easier! Staff treated me great! Very efficient and helpful. I’ve read a lot of reviews about poor course condition and poor staff attitude. This is couldn’t be further from the truth. Can’t wait to get back out here!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
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 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

South course

I was extremely disappointed in the amenities provided by this golf course. For $280 you had to pay for range balls that you had to get off the mat. The cost of anything there like water food beverages were astronomical and totally ridiculous.
I would never recommend anyone to play this course as it is not worth the money. I found the staff to be condescending and unfriendly.
I am extremely disappointed. We played a Jack Nicholas course there which was a much better shape and much nicer course for that matter at 1/4 of the price.
Please don't waste your time is definitely not worth it.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
Incentivized Review
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

No longer Torrey South

This once great course has been turned into some monstrosity only a tour pro can play and RARELY in good condition. This City has sold out the locals to the PGA and USGA. Even if you get lucky and find this place in decent shape it is almost unplayable. If you're not playing with construction noise on every hole you'll need ear plugs for the constant bombardment of F18's flying over. You'll pay 240 bucks to walk and I guarantee it wont be worth it. The city and administrators have destroyed this once great golf course.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

This course is a rip off!

I was completely excited to play this course coming from the Carolinas! I knew the price of the round due to the website so I was prepared. I wasn’t impressed at the course. There were a few beautiful holes, but the rest I can get at home in NC. What was really disappointing was the employees and noise. Granted they were getting ready for the Farmers Tourney, don’t do it on the busy day of the week that people pay good money for! I’m played courses in the Carolinas before Tourneys and didn’t experience any of that. I guess I paid for the experience.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
socalsoulgolfer
Commented on 12/26/2019

Yer right. 5 months out of the year they are setting up or tearing down the grand stands. Many people I play with from out of town are disappointed. Thank the new greenskeeper.

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Commented on 12/18/2019

This guy's a baby. Torrey Pines is one of the great course in the world.

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
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
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 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
California Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Spectacular golf course

It's unconscionable to be that anyone would give this course less than a 5 star rating. The facility is spectacular. The landscaping around this course is colorful and very beautiful. The course itself is very challenging - the greens are especially tough. Each hole presents a different challenge. I thought the first 3 holes were the easiest and then the back 15 are a real challenge.

Staff was very friendly. If I lived closer, I'd consider becoming a member here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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 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
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