Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course

Hole

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out

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in

Yards

453

350

175

447

404

537

454

171

537

3528

373

206

469

533

396

390

201

426

499

3493

7021

Hndcp

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8

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13

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17

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1

18

10

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15

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16

Par

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4

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4

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5

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3

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36

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4

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4

4

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36

72

Torrey Pines; South Course: Perched high above the rugged Pacific coastline 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, near La Jolla, California, this is one of two municipal courses still on the PGA Tour. William P. "Billy" Bell routed this beautiful Par-72 layout along steep cliffs and among the native Torrey Pines, but died before he could see it finished. His son, William F. Bell oversaw its completion in 1957. Since 1968, under various sponsors, it has been a regular winter Tour stop. At that time of the year the weather can be unpredictable and the winds fierce. And when those conditions prevail the course rivals its northern coastline cousin, Pebble Beach, in difficulty. The greens can be deceptively quick, the rough nettlesome and elevation drop-offs dizzying. The layout looks wide open, but doesn't play that way. Sticky Kikuyu grass can ensconce a ball in the rough. The four "killer" par-4's, numbers 4, 7, 12 & 17, that contribute to route's lengthy 7002 yards are all over 440. The 467 yard Par-4 12th that plays uphill along the cliffs and into the prevailing winds is one of the toughest holes on the course. The 4th at 445 yards is also uphill and along the cliffs plays into a crosswind. Sawtooth cliffs along the left side of the 17th make a severe hook costly. Probably the most memorable hole is the 18th because of its influence on tournament finishes. At 499 yards it is not long for a Par-5, but the green is fronted by an elongated pond that became known in 1975 as "Devlin's Billebong". Bruce Devlin was 3 strokes out of the lead coming into the 18th green when he hit his second into the pond. He then hit 5 more into the pond before landing one on the green and finished the Tournament in 30th place. The greens are notoriously quick and feature some eccentric undulations and dangerous slopes and tiers. The choice shot more often than not is to play short and below the hole. Torrey Pines is classic course in the best tradition.  It rewards good shot-making ability and strategic control. The course may appear at first to be relatively inviting and benign, an assessment that may change abruptly into the round. The PGA's annual Buick Invitational is played here, usually in February and the course will host the 2008 U.S. Open.


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