By Buddy Blouin
Avid golfers, casual fans, and even many who don’t play the sport are likely to have heard the name Torrey Pines. Situated over a picturesque view of the Pacific Ocean with its stunning cliffs and manicured landscaping, the Torrey Pines Golf Course combines challenging courses with a view you just can’t beat. This beautiful facility is a great place to challenge yourself as a golfer, receive lessons to hone your skills, or just try something new at one of the world’s best golf courses. At Torrey Pines, golf is just different. Here’s what you need to know before hitting a round.

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Where Is Torrey Pines Golf Course?

You’ll find championship-level 18-hole golf courses at 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037. It’s only ten miles away from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, around 20 mins away from downtown San Diego, and overlooks the Torrey Pines State Beach. The proximity of the golf course to many other attractions in the area is yet another great benefit of playing golf here.

Is Torrey Pines a Public Golf Course?

Yes, Torrey Pines is a public golf course owned by the City of San Diego. The course was founded in 1957 on the old site of Camp Callan, a military installation for the U.S. Army which was active during World War II. The name of the course comes from the rare tree of the same name which grows native to the region.

Booking Torrey Pines Golf Course Tee Times

You can make a tee time for this illustrious course with only a few clicks of a button on the City of San Diego’s official website or through various other online services. The course can also be reached over the phone at 1 (877) 581-7171 from Monday through Friday beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. It’s important to note that the office is closed during city holidays. Golfers can reserve their tee time from 8 to 90 days in advance.

Torrey Pines Golf Course Rates

The price of playing an 18-hole round of golf at Torrey Pines can vary depending on many things, including age, where you live, and when you book your tee time. Non-residents are going to pay much more than residents, and peak hours/holiday tee times are also going to cost more to book. You’ll want to contact the official office before heading out; however, non-residents should be prepared to spend around $130 to $265+, whereas locals may spend as little as $45 to $60 for a round. Additional fees may apply for car rentals, advanced booking fees, golf club rentals, taxes, and more.

PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open

The course is known for hosting the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, this event averaged more than 150,000 spectators who would rush to see the action up close and personal. This annual competition is the biggest consistent draw; however, the Torrey Pines Golf Course has also hosted two U.S. Opens, including the iconic 2008 competition that would solidify Tiger Woods as a golfing legend. Woods would win his third major here on the difficult Torrey Pines South Course, which bolstered the popularity of the course, as well.

San Diego Golf Courses Just Don’t Get Any Better

The history of the Torrey Pines Golf Course is still being written, but the past is rich, and the future is bright. You can’t beat the view of these challenging courses, and the victories here by golfing legends are nothing short of iconic. It’s a great place for Marines, visitors, and residents alike to enjoy. The designs from William F. Bell on both the North Course and the South Course complement the natural beauty of the area, and Torrey Pines will never disappoint those who visit.

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