LA JOLLA, Calif. – Following a nine-month, $12.6 million renovation, the North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course has reopened to an eagerly awaiting golfers.
While the North Course maintains a similar feel to its original design, there were some significant changes:
- The number of bunkers has been reduced from 59 to 41
- The average green size increased from 4,500 square feet to 6,400
- All 18 greens were completely reconstructed to United States Golf Association standards, with the existing poa annua grass replaced with 100 percent bent grass – a Tyee 007 blend
- The front and back nines were also reversed, allowing golfers spectacular ocean and canyon views as they finish their rounds
- Carts paths have been replaced
- Irrigation has been improved
- Greens were fitted with an advanced SubAir system that pulls moisture out of the surface and can cool greens during hot weather
Course architect and pro-golf champion Tom Weiskopf officially unveiled the renovated North Course, a project that holds a special place in his golf career and design portfolio. His first career win came at Torrey Pines at the 1968 Andy Williams-San Diego Open, predecessor to the current Farmers Insurance Open played every January.
“Switching the nines is very significant because the back nine is so iconic with its incredible views,” Weiskopf said. “The larger greens allow for more pin placements and more variety, and we’ve taken out bunkers, but kept others that are strategically placed.”
The North Course now features five sets of tees, allowing it to play as long as 7,258 yards or as short as 5,197. In total, the North has been lengthened nearly 200 yards from the tips.
“I tried to bring the North Course into the 21st century,” Weiskopf said. “It was built in the 1950s, and nothing of significance had ever been done to it. Everything we did in the redesign was to bring it up to current standards. It’s now a top-of-the-line golf course.”
Weiskopf Design Group has completed 60 golf course design projects since 1985. Among those are five that have been included in Golf Magazine’s list of the top 100 courses in the world.