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Unpopular Opinion - Torrey is Just Meh


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Disclaimer: I'm not impartial.  I'm at Torrey 3-4 times a month.  As a local, there just isn't a better value than $78 for Torrey South or $50-something for the North.  Only other options for quality public golf are to shell out $160+ at Maderas, $120+ at Barona, or drive almost 2 hours to Rams Hill.

 

That being said, I could never understand why other courses get credited for their proximity to the water, location, etc. but when talking about Torrey that so often (not just by you OP) gets thrown out the window.   A course isn't JUST about the routing.  At Torrey you have 50% of the holes (guessing, didn't count) with some measure of an ocean view, two holes entirely along the coast (4 South, 16 North), Par 3's with views of La Jolla Cove (3 South, 15 North), hang gliders flying overhead on the South, it offers something most other courses couldn't if they tried in brutal length, and the rough is definitely a challenge.  

 

My buddy and I played TPC Harding Park at the full $220 rate on the way up to Bandon last month and we both left thinking that's what it must feel like for out-of-towners to play Torrey.  Very nice views on half of the course, good enough track, and you're definitely paying for some scenery on the nicer holes and some PGA tour history.  It definitely wouldn't be my go-to spot at 2 bills, but I'm glad I played it and wouldn't call it overrated or meh. 

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Watching the tournament and thinking back to my visit in late December 2019.    Now maybe I need to play the courses more than once each to truly appreciate them, but as for golf, I didn't r

I’d rather play Aviara or Maderas

Good to know I'm not alone!   But I would never discourage someone from playing there if they have not. It is Torrey Pines after all. Just don't think I'd pay non-resident rates again. If I

You nailed that comparison perfectly. I have played Harding Park as a non resident three times and paid 50, 75, 100 respectively getting hot times on golfnow with the last round being in July 2019.

 

As much as I enjoy that course and it fits my game I would drop dead before I paid 220 to play it. After hosting the PGA and the uptick in golf due to covid there are no more cheap tee times for non residents. I am pretty much assuming it will be a long time before play there again. 

 

That is how non residents feel about Torrey and I do not blame them.

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On 1/30/2021 at 12:38 PM, Phireside said:

Watching the tournament and thinking back to my visit in late December 2019. 

 

Now maybe I need to play the courses more than once each to truly appreciate them, but as for golf, I didn't really feel the courses were anything special. Some great holes for sure, but on average, just meh.

 

The views and vista of course are second to none, so that certainly helps with enjoying the courses, but move them inland and what do you get?

 

If I was a local and paying those rates, I'd be there everyday! But as an out of towner, I'd have a tough time justifying it again. For what it's worth, I'd rank North over South.

 

No regrets playing them, but not sure I'd go back.

 

I'm sure I'll get skewered, but I can't be alone can I?

The worst part is getting paired with a local. (I live in OC). They always have to ask you what you paid. Always.

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