San Diego Earns Great Reviews for US Open

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Torrey Pines MesaCongratulations San Diego! Whether you helped bring the U.S. Open to San Diego, organized the golf championship, served the out-of-town visitors, followed around the golfers as a fan, or avoided the roadways around Torrey Pines last week, everyone deserves a pat-on-the-back.

After five days of broadcasting from Torrey Pines, much of it during Prime Time, the NBC commentators lavished praise on San Diego. In their closing comments, they said the US Open will definitely be back at Torrey Pines.

This prestigious major golf championship is often played on golf courses back East and is rarely played in Southern California. To hear the media and golfers say that Torrey Pines should once again host the US Open is a huge statement on the ability of San Diegans to be great hosts.

We’ve got a lot of things going for us.

San Diego’s great weather keeps fans on the golf course. We lack the uncomfortable heat and humidity that arrives as the U.S. Open is played just about anywhere else. If you saw the news, the rest of the country was sweltering in the hot stuff all weekend. Here, Rocco Mediate, the U.S. Open runner-up relished having a huge crowd on hand for the extra day of play that took place on Monday.

Torrey Pines is arguably one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Even the Canadian newspaper Globe & Mail noted “oceanside Torrey Pines is a spectacularly gorgeous course”.

Yes, Pebble Beach has a beautiful oceanside course and Pinehurst has its beautiful setting as well, but do either of those locations offer golf fans a metropolitan city in which to play? Nope.

San Diego has the perfect combination of resources and the outpouring of people helping strangers (remember the national accolades we received for our generosity during the 2007 Wildfires) to make the most ideal environment for hosting any major event, including the U.S. Open.

To read more about San Diego’s week in the international limelight, check out Nick Canepa’s article in Tuesday’s Union Tribune.

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