Tom Weiskopf has won the bid to re-do Torrey Pines (North), co-host of the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open.
Sources close to the deal told GOLF.com that Weiskopf and his design firm, Tom Weiskopf Designs, along with Wadsworth Construction, have been selected on a “design build” contract with the City of San Diego/Parks and Recs to renovate the North course, one of the country's busiest and most scenic municipal courses.
Until recently the leading candidate for the job had been Phil Mickelson, a San Diego native and three-time winner of the Farmers. For three years, Mickelson’s design firm planned all of the preliminary work, but a pending ruling by the California Fair Political Practices Commission prevented Mickelson’s firm from proceeding with the work.
The renovation budget for Weiskopf's team is roughly $12.6 million. They will rebuild all 18 greens and rework the greenside bunkers. All the tees will be leveled, with some enlarged and others combined. Other planned enhancements include a new set of forward tees, several new back tees for tournament use and reshaped and relocated fairway bunkers. Approximately five acres of existing turf will be removed and replaced with a drought-tolerant landscape pallet.
The renovation will also include new cart paths and a new irrigation system to help maximize water efficiency. There will be no major alterations to the par or routing, but Weiskopf may look to find a worthy candidate to transform into a drivable par-4, one of the designer's trademarks.
Work is expected to start after completion of the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open in late January. The construction and grow-in period is expected to take approximately six months.
Weiskopf and his late co-designer Jay Morrish designed several top tournament courses, including the TPC Scottsdale (Stadium), home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open; Loch Lomond, a former Scottish Open venue; and La Cantera’s Resort course, former site of the Texas Open. As a solo act, Weiskopf engineered a well-received makeover of the TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium course in 2014.
Weiskopf is no stranger to success at Torrey Pines. He won the first PGA Tour event played there, in 1968.