My review here does not speak to the course or how it plays; rather, it speaks to the unprofessionalism of the starter.
My friend and I played the North course a couple of weeks ago--what a beautiful course. We had an excellent round.
Though it didn't start out that way.
Like most golfers, budget is an issue. So, being residents of San Diego, we wanted to play of some of the beautiful courses available to us. Torrey Pines has an excellent resident discount, and so we were excited to take advantage of this opportunity.
I called the starter once to get information on how to obtain a resident card and what perks we get with it. I talked to a younger man over the phone. I believe it was a $25 one-time fee for the card. I asked him if every individual in the group needed a card. He said as long as we were all residents, only one person needed the actual resident card to get the discount for the whole party.
And so, I went and purchased a card, got my picture taken, and all was good! I called the starter again to double-check what I was told--still all good.
We arrive at the course and proceed to check in with the starter. He was not the same younger man I was speaking to on the phone. He told us every person in the party needs a Resi card (even still with proof of residency) in order for the discount to apply. I told him our situation, and explained my attentiveness in making sure all would be well. All I received was a rude explanation of their policy.
For a sport that has so many rules, and a course that is well known in said sport, I expected much more.
I'll almost always play the South course, and it is always super tough. The North? Can't wait for them to rip it apart and do something good with holes 8-18.
South greens change from quick to lightning quick. Pitch shots I thought I hit perfectly end up 15 feet away. I always walk, which makes for an authentic golf experience.
I've been playing golf for 30 plus years, and I'm not sure if I will ever get to play a more challenging course as consistently as this gem.
Consistently great conditions, year round.
Played tag a long/caddy for my husband while we were on vacation. Never being on a golf course before I sure did pick a good one to drive a cart around and drink beer on. Beautiful scenic views. The views are worth a million dollars. And he enjoyed himself fully as well golfing such a historic course.
We golf about every weekend and were very excited to play this famed course only to find that it was ok. The fairways were in great shape but the greens and what they called the rough (3 inches of prior cut brown grass) were in poor shape. I know they recently punched but overall was somewhat disappointed. We played twilight so weren't out $500 but did expect more.
With that said you can not beat the breath taking views the challenging holes or the awesome staff! If you go for lunch make sure to try the handmade burger. Really delicious!
You know there's a God when you walk the south course at Torrey Pines!! I actually think I might have called him out when I shanked one on the 8th hole. One of the must play courses in your lifetime. I would suggest walking this course, few people use carts here and the rounds can be long. Grab your bag, and revel in one of the most scenic courses in the US. Amen!!