(The 18th green at Torrey Pines' South Course. Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
There was a major uproar about the proposed renovation of Torrey Pines North Course when the entire San Diego City Council voted against the project in 2005 especially after the South Course was dramatically altered.
Fast forward eight years, and a third meeting with the public seems to have changed some minds, especially after a hole-by-hole presentation of the renovated North, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The renovation is estimated to cost $7.8 million with a completion date of summer 2015. The changes are supposed to include a modernization of the greens and bunkers, which will make the course more playable for the average golfer.
There will also be an elimination of 22 acres of plant material to create more “natural” terrain on the edges of the course.
The eighth hole would become a par 5 with the green tucked closer to the canyon, while the ninth would be made into a long par 4.
More proposed changes include:
– Creating two short, drivable par-4 holes at Nos. 2 and 16.
– Removing the two ponds on the par-3 17th hole.
– Re-introducing a pine tree to the middle of the fairway on the par-5 14th; the original tree was diseased and had to be removed.
– Reversing the nines to create a more “memorable” finish. For more news that golfers everywhere are talking about, follow @si_golf on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube video channel.