Where is it: Torrey Pines (15 Miles / 20 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)
Pro Shop Hours: Year-Round; Dawn – Dusk
Golf Course Rates: Play on the Torrey Pines North Course ranges from $24 – $50 for City of San Diego Residents and $60 – $125 for Non-Residents. Play on the Torrey Pines South Course ranges from $37 – $76 for Residents and $110 – $229 for Non-Residents.
Things to Do & See: Play golf on seaside cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which hosts the Annual PGA Farmers Insurance Open (formerly the Buick) and hosted the 2008 U.S. Open; Pick up souvenirs from the large Torrey Pines Pro Shop; Visit the Golf Course as part of my Coastal San Diego Tour.
Torrey Pines Golf Course Highlights: Located on seaside cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Torrey Pines Golf Course is one of the most beautiful settings for golf in the world. Torrey Pines is home to the annual PGA Farmers Insurance Open Golf Tournament (formerly the Buick Invitational Golf Tournament) each February and the annual Junior World Golf Championship each July. It also served as the site of the U.S. Open, one of the major championships on the PGA Tour, in 2008.
Not only do golfers get a challenging course with breathtaking views, they also receive one of the best values in golf since it is owned by the City of San Diego. This makes getting a tee time at Torrey Pines very challenging, but doable.
There are two golf courses at Torrey Pines. Both are quality courses used in the first two rounds of PGA Tournaments. However, the South Course is the more challenging of the two and is where the final two rounds of PGA golf tournaments are played. Whether you play the North or South Course, you will enjoy great views and a memorable experience that will last a lifetime.
What to Expect
- Golf is played year-round in San Diego. Read our description about San Diego weather for details on what to expect. No matter the time of year, consider bringing a windbreaker. Fog can sometimes roll-in on the golf course and cool things down quickly. This happens more often during May and June, especially during the morning hours.
- Don’t be caught off-guard when on occasion the silence on the golf course is broken as an F/A-18 flies overhead after taking off from nearby Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
- Also, when playing the South Course, don’t be surprised to see a handful of paragliders, who have launched from the Torrey Pines Glider Port, floating just above the cliffs.
- There is a large golf shop and a restaurant for golfers and those who just want to hang out and look at the course.
- You can also hit balls at the Torrey Pines Driving Range. However, there is not much of a view from here if that is what you are looking for.
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The Lodge at Torrey Pines – Next to the 18th hole is a luxurious 170 room lodge with a spa and two restaurants. This Five Diamond Resort is generally listed as one of the Top 100 hotels in the world.
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines – Next to the 18th fairway is the luxurious, four diamond, Hilton Hotel.
Information on Playing the Torrey Pines Golf Course
Fees (Costs are Approximate)
- Standard North Course Rates Range from $129 – $152 and include a City Booking Fee. Costs for Juniors, Twilight play, or during Course Maintenance can be as low as $93. You also have the option of just paying for the back nine on the North Course for as low as $93.
- Standard South Course Rates Range from $199 – $239 and include a City Booking Fee. Costs for Juniors, Twilight play, or during Course Maintenance can be as low as $135.
- City of San Diego Residents can obtain much lower rates by purchasing a Resident I.D. Card.
- Rates do not include a golf cart, which is generally not required.
- Reservations can be made 8 to 90 days in advance. However, as noted earlier, it is very difficult to get a time. Only San Diego City Residents can make reservations within 7 days of advance notice.
- Walk-ons are accepted to fill in for any cancellations. If there is enough sunlight, you can also walk-on prior to 7:30AM, which is the first reserved tee time. In all cases, be sure to sign-in early and bring a good book.
Directions from Google Maps to 11480 North Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, CA 92037.
Traffic – The course is just 1.5 miles from highway I-5. Traffic is slow on Torrey Pines Road during evening rush hour leaving the Torrey Pines Golf Course. It is even slower on highway I-5 heading in both directions in the late afternoon. Traffic is also slow on highway I-5 when you are heading southbound towards Torrey Pines on summer weekends. Otherwise it is fairly easy getting in and out. (Learn how to get the latest traffic updates.) Better yet, get there early and use the driving range and putting green.
Transit – Visitors staying in Downtown San Diego and surrounding areas will need to take busses operated by different transit systems to reach the Torrey Pines area. It involves separate fares and limited service. You must connect with the North County ‘Breeze’ busses, which drops passengers off along Torrey Pines Road. (See San Diego Transit Information for bus schedules and information for the online Transit Planner. Use 11480 N Torrey Pines as your destination in the Transit Planner.)