Course Spy: Torrey Pines (South Course)

Course Spy: Torrey Pines (South Course)

Pacific heights: The third hole at Torrey Pines.
Evan Schiller

Torrey Pines (South)
La Jolla, Calif.

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Greens Fee: $130-$163; $41-47 (San Diego residents)


Ha! More like self service.
Bag drop?
Greeters? Right. For
all its prestige, this is
a low-frills operation,
where a lot of locals
still show up in jeans.
If you hear your
name called from
the waiting list, you
pay at a window and
hustle to the tee.


With a tee sheet as
crammed as a San
Diego freeway and a
challenging layout
with postcard views
from every hole,
cancel your lunch
plans. Aside from the
first groups, no one
gets off Torrey in
under four-and-a-half


Though better
groomed than the
average public track,
this is no country
club. The best time
to play is right after
the PGA Tour stop,
when it has been
manicured. The front
nine is ho-hum but
the course blossoms
on the back.


A steal for locals,
Torrey takes its
pound of flesh from
out-of-towners, but
we won’t complain.
This is a splendid
course in a killer
location. Try to play
great golf elsewhere
on the California
coast and you’ll pay
much, much more.


Locals who don’t
play here
regularly should
have their sanity
Outsiders who
don’t play here
should have the
same done to
their pulse.

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