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Torrey Pines Golf Course: North

La Jolla, CA, United States Public

Overview

Redesigned by Tom Weiskopf in 2018, Torrey Pines' North course became friendlier for the average golfer. The number of bunkers were reduced from 60 to 42 and made easier to play out of. And the average green size was increased from 4,500 square feet to 6,000. Lastly, Weiskopf added one of his signatures: a short, drivable par 4 (the seventh)—making the companion course to the championship South course a little more fun.

This may sound like a dumbing down of the architecture but it isn't. Within the simplification is a wide variety of green configurations and contours, with slopes rising and falling, some set high and others low, and many with more internal contour than is found on most greens on the South course, including the surfaces of the cross-ravine par-3 12th and par-3 15th. The North course also boasts ocean and canyon views on par with the South, particularly the par-4 16th rising along the Pacific Ocean cliffs and brining the player in the most direct contact with the stunning panorama. Perhaps because we feel there's a better couse hidden somewhere beneath the current South course, playing the North doesn't feel like a step down, just a step across to the other side of one the best public golf sites in the U.S.

About

Holes 18
Length 7259
Slope 134
Price $286
Facility Type Public
Year Opened 1957
Designer William F. Bell, ASGCA/(R) Tom Weiskopf

Awards

100 Greatest Public
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest Public: Ranked 93rd, 2019-'20.

Best in State:
2023-'24 ranking:
49th.
Previous ranking:
44th.

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

3.6

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.7999
Character
6.8691
Challenge
6.8205
Layout Variety
6.7492
Fun
7.0686
Aesthetics
7.3464
Conditioning
6.7725

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