Not sure how it works to book tee times and play at Torrey Pines? Check out our answers to the most frequently asked questions below!

How much does it cost to play a round at Torrey Pines?

Playing a round of golf at Torrey Pines involves several costs. First and foremost is the greens fee, which varies depending on the time of day, day of the week, and residency status. Non-residents pay higher greens fees compared to San Diego residents. Weekday rounds will cost $148 on the North Course and $234 on the South Course. Weekend rounds cost $185 on the North Course and $292 on the South Course. Additionally, golfers may incur costs for the city advanced reservation fee, renting a golf cart, or buying golf balls and other equipment.

Who can play at Torrey Pines?

Torrey Pines Golf Course is open to the public, allowing both residents and non-residents to play. San Diego residents, however, typically enjoy reduced greens fees compared to non-residents. The course also welcomes junior golfers, offering special rates for players under the age of 18. Additionally, Torrey Pines hosts professional tournaments and major events, attracting top-tier golfers from around the world. While reservations are strongly recommended, walk-ins are accommodated based on availability (be sure to get there early), making the iconic Torrey Pines accessible to a diverse range of golf enthusiasts. Groups of 12 or more can work with our partner company Showtime Golf to book group golf tournaments and outings.

Which course do the Pros play at Torrey Pines?

Professional golfers typically play the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during tournaments and major events. Both courses are renowned for hosting prestigious competitions, including the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open. Known for its challenging layout and stunning ocean views, the South Course has gained international recognition as the venue for the 2008 U.S. Open, where Tiger Woods secured a memorable victory. The U.S. Open returned to Torrey Pines South Course again in 2021. While both the North and South Courses are open to the public, the South Course stands out as the primary choice for elite golf competitions and showcases the exceptional skills of professional players.

Does it cost money to go to Torrey Pines?

Yes, it typically costs money to visit Torrey Pines Golf Course. The primary expense is the greens fee, which varies based on factors such as residency status, time of day, and day of the week. San Diego residents usually receive a discounted rate compared to non-residents. In addition to the greens fee, there may be additional costs for services such as renting a golf cart, or purchasing golf equipment. It’s important to check the specific fees and reservations policies, as well as any potential additional expenses, when planning a visit to Torrey Pines.

How hard is it to get a tee time at Torrey Pines?

This is one of our most frequently asked questions. Securing a tee time at Torrey Pines Golf Course can be challenging due to its popularity and high demand. The course is frequented by locals and visitors alike, drawn to its picturesque setting and prestigious reputation. Residents of San Diego often have priority access and may find it relatively easier to secure tee times, especially during non-peak hours. Non-residents, on the other hand, may face more competition and limited availability, especially during prime golfing hours and peak seasons. To increase the chances of getting a tee time, it is advisable to plan well in advance and explore various booking options, considering factors like day of the week and time of day.

Do you get a caddie at Torrey Pines?

While Torrey Pines Golf Course does not require golfers to have a caddie, the option to hire one is available. Caddies can enhance the golfing experience by providing insights into the course, offering advice on shot selection, and assisting with club choices. The decision to employ a caddie is at the discretion of the golfer, and it usually involves an additional fee. Many players, particularly those participating in professional or prestigious events, may opt for a caddy to receive personalized assistance and insights on navigating the challenging North and South Courses at Torrey Pines.

Can you wear jeans at Torrey Pines?

Torrey Pines Golf Course has a dress code that generally discourages the wearing of jeans on the golf course. Most golf courses, including Torrey Pines, have a more traditional and formal dress standard, promoting a neat and golf-appropriate appearance. Golfers are typically expected to wear collared shirts, khaki or golf shorts, and golf shoes with soft spikes. While the dress code may vary based on specific events or certain areas within the facility, it’s advisable to adhere to Torrey Pines’ guidelines by choosing appropriate golf attire, excluding jeans, to ensure a respectful and comfortable experience on the course.

Why is Torrey Pines so famous?

Torrey Pines Golf Course is famous for several reasons. Firstly, it boasts a stunning coastal location atop the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, providing golfers with breathtaking views. Secondly, the course has hosted numerous prestigious tournaments, including the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open, elevating its status on the professional golf circuit. Additionally, Torrey Pines gained international recognition as the venue for the 2008 U.S. Open, a historic championship where Tiger Woods secured a dramatic victory while playing through an injured leg. Lastly, its two championship courses, the North and South Courses, are known for their challenging layouts, adding to the allure and reputation of Torrey Pines among golf enthusiasts worldwide.

Did Tiger Woods ever win at Torrey Pines?

Yes, Tiger Woods has won at Torrey Pines. One of his most notable victories came at the 2008 U.S. Open held at Torrey Pines Golf Course. This tournament is particularly famous for Woods playing through an injured leg and defeating Rocco Mediate in a dramatic playoff to claim the championship. It was Tiger Woods’ 14th major title, and the victory is considered one of the greatest moments in golf history. The South Course at Torrey Pines has witnessed several of Woods’ successful performances, contributing to the course’s significance in his storied career.

Can you walk on Torrey Pines Golf Course?

Yes, walking is allowed at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Golfers have the option to walk the course while carrying their own clubs or using a pushcart, known as a trolley. Torrey Pines encourages a walking-friendly environment, especially for those who prefer a more leisurely pace or wish to enjoy the scenic views on foot. However, golf carts are also available for rent for those who prefer or require motorized transportation during their round.

Is North Course or South Course better at Torrey Pines?

Determining whether the North or South Course is better at Torrey Pines is subjective and depends on personal preferences. The South Course is renowned for hosting major tournaments, offering a more challenging and iconic layout with ocean views. Golfers seeking a tougher test may prefer the South Course. On the other hand, the North Course underwent a redesign in recent years, providing a more player-friendly experience and still featuring beautiful scenery. Ultimately, golfers may choose based on their skill level, desire for a challenging round, or preference for a more forgiving course.

We hope this Frequently Asked Questions section gave you all the information you need. If it didn’t, you can call us seven days a week. We’ll be happy to answer any additional questions you may have. If you’re ready to play at the iconic Torrey Pines, request a tee time here.

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