Tom Weiskopf has won the bid to re-do Torrey Pines (North), co-host of the PGA Tourâ€™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 â€œdesign buildâ€ 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, Mickelsonâ€™s design firm planned all of the preliminary work, but a pending ruling by the California Fair Political Practices Commission prevented Mickelsonâ€™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 Canteraâ€™s Resort course, former site of the Texas Open. As a solo act, Weiskopf engineered a well-received makeover of the TPC Scottsdaleâ€™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.