Torrey Pines North Course Golf Course Review
La Jolla, CA
74.5 rating; 133 slope
Review by GolfTop18
Rating: 3 out of 5
Year Last Reviewed: 2012
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Torrey Pines North Golf Course Overview: Far easier than its more famous neighbor to the south, the North golf course features an interesting front nine that plays along the cliffs for many holes and has great views along the way. The back nine is less intriguing with many back and forth golf holes that don't have too much character, but which afford a decent chance of scoring well. The best golf holes are reviewed below:
Torrey Pines North Hole 1: The first golf hole starts under the shadow of the clubhouse and is a simple, straight par five. A good drive will put the player at the top of the hill with a fantastic view of the ocean behind a very small green with strategic bunkers placed in front and to either side. This makes hitting a long shot in tough, but overall, this golf hole offers up a chance to start the day on a good note.
Torrey Pines North Hole 3: From the regular tees, this is a short, boring par three, but from the tips, the angle is better and the canyon provides danger in a more tangible fashion.
Torrey Pines North Hole 4: This medium length par four is dead straight. The driver needs to avoid the obvious danger to the left in the form of the canyon, but the closer to that canyon the golfer gets, the better the approach to the green, which has a large bunker front-right.
Torrey Pines North Hole 6: Club selection here is tough as the shot is way downhill, but the prevailing wind is in the golfer's face. Thus, the trajectory of the shot can create big swings in how far the ball travels. The green is small, severely sloped, and surrounded by bunkers and, even worse, canyon.
Torrey Pines North Hole 7: This golf hole is one of the most scenic in Southern California. From the elevated tee box, one can see along way along the coast line. The hole itself features a drive with cliffs left and a bunker and thick trees to the right. It is frames by trees before it doglegs right uphill to a tough green to putt, but one that has another fantastic view of the surrounding area.
Torrey Pines North Hole 11: One of the more difficult par fours on the course, this one is relatively straight, but long. The drive must avoid the canyon to the left and the bunker and trees to the right.
Torrey Pines North Hole 13: This is the last golf hole to feature the canyons in play, and the ideal drive is over the bunker on the inside corner of this dogleg left. However, that is very close to the canyon. The safer play is towards the bunker on the right, but a longer approach will face the golfer, over the huge bunker in the front of the green.