Inside the courses: Torrey Pines -- North and South

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The stunning Pacific Ocean backdrop is one thing that makes Torrey Pines special.
January 22, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

The TOUR heads to the sunny La Jolla beaches this week for the Farmers Insurance Open this week. Learn more about the two courses.

Fast facts
Course Superintendent Jon Maddern
Original architect William P. Bell, 1957
Redesign Rees Jones, 2001
Par value 72
Number of TOUR events as host venue 44 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 11 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 7,021 yards (1968-1993)
  7,000 (1994-1995, 1998-1999)
  7,055 (2000-2001)
  7,568 (2002-present)
Grass Bermudagrass; perennial ryegrass (tees); Kikuyugrass (fairways); Poa annua (greens); Perennial ryegrass; kikuyugrass (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 12 ft
Sand bunkers 78
Water hazards 1
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
Tiger Woods
Year
1999
Round
3rd
Finish
1
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year
Parker McLachlin 3 2007
Peter Lonard 3 2005
Jay Williamson 3 2002
Kelly Gibson 8 1997
Russell Beiersdorf 3 1994
Peter Persons 8 1990
Jodie Mudd 11 1990
John Mahaffey 3 1989
Mike Sullivan 8 1987
Ronnie Black 8 1985
Loren Roberts 16 1984
Pat McGowan 3 1984
2011 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 504-yard 12th Another monster par-4. Long and into the wind. Bunkers left and right off the tee, bunkers left and right of the green. You have to drive it long and straight, then have a very accurate long iron shot (or fairway metal) into a semi-elevated green. Just a slight miss on the approach and you'll have to blast out a deep bunker. More of a par four and a half than a par 4. Enjoy the soaring gliders and don't feel too bad if you walk away with a bogey here. Toughest hole at Torrey Pines South.
2011: 0 eagles, 26 birdies, 189 pars, 91 bogeys, 7 double bogeys, 0 others.
Easiest hole
The par-5 560-yard 6th Players can attack this converted par 4 by carrying the canyon on the right with a high draw. Otherwise, the prudent tee shot is down the left, avoiding five fairway bunkers. The difficulty on the second shot will be getting a long approach to land softly on a green.
2011: 8 eagles, 144 birdies, 134 pars, 22 bogeys, 4 double bogeys and 0 others.
Torrey Pines - South Course2011 rankings Last 26 years
Hole Par Yards Average score Rank Average score Rank
1 4 450 4.093 10 4.217 4
2 4 389 4.038 11 3.928 14
3 3 200 3.022 13 3.051 11
4 4 488 4.109 9 4.248 3
5 4 454 4.22 2 4.072 9
6 5 560 4.594 18 4.657 18
7 4 462 4.182 5 4.285 1
8 3 176 3.038 11 2.965 13
9 5 614 4.805 15 4.717 16
10 4 416 3.994 14 3.981 12
11 3 221 3.217 3 3.139 5
12 4 504 4.252 1 4.283 2
13 5 614 4.786 17 4.722 15
14 4 437 4.144 7 4.079 8
15 4 478 4.195 4 4.090 7
16 3 223 3.141 8 3.121 6
17 4 442 4.169 6 4.066 10
18 5 570 4.792 16 4.658 17

TORREY PINES - SOUTH COURSE

Fast facts
Course Superintendent Wayne Carpenter
Original architect William P. Bell, 1957
Course redesign: Harry & David Rainville, 1975
Par value 72
Number of TOUR events as host venue 43 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 38 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 6,874 yards
Grass Bentgrass, bermudagrass, perennial ryegrass, Kikuyugrass, Poa annua (tees); Bermudagrass, perennial ryegrass, Kikuyugrass (fairways); bentgrass/Poa annua (greens); Perennial ryegrass, Kikuyugrass (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 10.5 ft
Sand bunkers 60
Water hazards 2
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
Mark Brooks
Brandt Snedeker
Year
1990
2007
Round
2nd
1st
Finish
T19
3
Holes in one
There have been four aces recorded on the North Course at Torrey Pines
Player Hole Year
Darren Clarke 3 2003
Dick Mast 3 1998
Larry Rinker 3 1992
Gary Koch 12 1988
2011 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 492-yard 11th The most difficult par 4 on the back side at Torrey Pines North. Off the tee, left is canyonland, right is a bunker. It's a slight dogleg left and the change in elevation is not that noticeable on your approach. The green has no mysteries. Like most Torrey Pines golf course's greens, it slopes from back to front and to the ocean (left). If you miss your approach, make it short or left of the green.
2011: 0 eagles, 8 birdies, 101 pars, 42 bogeys, 3 double bogeys, 0 others.
Easiest hole
The par-5 516-yard 18th A nice finishing hole because you can score anything between a 3 and a 6 here. Off the tee favor the left side, but not too much so you don't get caught in either of the two (invisible off the tee) fairway bunkers.
2011: 6 eagles, 72 birdies, 65 pars, 11 bogeys, 0 double bogeys and 0 others.
Torrey Pines - North Course2011 rankings Last 26 years
Hole Par Yards Average score Rank Average score Rank
1 5 519 4.597 17 4.634 15
2 4 329 3.727 14 3.806 14
3 3 184 2.961 11 2.900 11
4 4 434 4.032 8 4.010 8
5 4 411 4.039 7 4.006 9
6 3 212 3.071 5 3.168 2
7 4 399 4.175 3 4.111 3
8 4 436 3.968 10 4.013 7
9 5 547 4.714 15 4.540 17
10 4 417 4.11 4 3.994 10
11 4 492 4.26 1 4.179 1
12 3 214 3.214 2 3.060 5
13 4 471 4.045 6 4.079 4
14 5 526 4.688 16 4.573 16
15 4 397 3.87 13 3.889 12
16 4 392 3.955 12 3.856 13
17 3 171 3.032 8 3.024 6
18 5 516 4.526 18 4.480 18
Course origins
Torrey Pines switched from bentgrass to Poa annua on the greens, Kikuyugrass fairways and a Kikuyugrass/ryegrass/Poa annua blend in the rough over the past four years. The par-5 sixth was converted to a par 4 by the USGA, and the U.S. Open was played as a par 71 on the South Course. Some fairways have been modified; a graduated rough is in place, and different teeing grounds can be used with the option of stretching the course to 7,643 yards.
In 2007, Course Superintendent Mark Woodward had new cart paths installed on the South Course, restricted power golf cars to those paths only and moved the last tee time up to 1 p.m. each day to reduce traffic on the turf from the 64,000 rounds played annually. The fourth hole, which runs alongside the cliffs overlooking the Pacific, was moved closer to the cliffs to bring the challenging crosswinds off the ocean more into play and the torrey pine trees, guarding the cliffs there, were transplanted to the other side of the fairway. Six of the tees were leveled and enlarged for the championship and the landing area on No. 18 was leveled as well. All the bunkers on the South Course were reshaped and restored, as 2,500 tons of sand were added. Five new bunkers have been added in the last year, and the 615-yard, par-5 13th has a new championship tee that carries 250 yards over a canyon.
Torrey Pines, located in La Jolla, Calif., is one of the nation's premier municipal golf facilities. It is bounded by mountains to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Fog, rain and wind often sweep the seaside courses that were designed by William Bell Sr. in 1957. Prior to becoming golf courses, the land was Camp Callan, a naval training area. The torrey pine tree is indigenous to this area and to Santa Rosa Island. The tree is distinguished by having clusters of five needles.
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Torrey Pines GC La Jolla, Calif. 1968-present
Stardust CC San Diego, Calif. 1962-1963, 1965-1967
Rancho Bernardo CC San Diego, Calif. 1964
Mission Valley CC San Diego, Calif. 1955, 1957-1961
Singing Hills GC El Cajon, Calif. 1956
Rancho Santa Fe GC Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 1954
San Diego CC San Diego, Calif. 1952-1953

TORREY PINES - NORTH COURSE

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