Golf is Mental Hits the Road #5 – From Palm Desert to Staying Classy in San Diego

Our adventure has progressed in a glorious manner since my last update. We had a great time over Christmas staying at Beth’s parents place in Palm Desert.

The week there was spent in good company playing lots of golf, relaxing, and enjoying a lot of great food. Beth’s sister Jane and her husband Matt also made the trip down which was fun.

We had great weather except for a frost delay the morning we played The Firecliff Course at Desert Willow (review coming soon). Yes, frost in the desert!

However, once the frost lifted it turned into a blue bird day. As an added bonus the golf course was great too. A big thanks to their head pro, Ryan Szydlowski, for inviting us out. We look forward to being back to play the Mountain View course at the end of January!

We hit the dusty trail again on New Year’s Eve and made a quick pit stop in Los Angeles to bring in the New Year with Beth’s childhood friend Rachelle who hosted a great party!

New Year’s Day we went for brunch in Manhattan Beach and enjoyed a walk around the pier before departing for San Diego.

We were stoked upon arriving at our accommodations in downtown San Diego. A relative of Beth’s was gracious enough to let us stay at her vacation condo. It’s a beautiful place located on Market Street, perfect for walking to the plethora of cool bars, pubs and restaurants downtown. Matt and Jane joined us for a few days and we really enjoyed checking out the town together.

More importantly, it’s only a 20 minute drive from Torrey Pines Golf Course! Beth, Matt and I got up at 5am on Friday to try and get a walk-on time on the famous South Course. We arrived at 5:55am and despite being about tenth in line, we were able to get on the tee by about 7:40am.

It was a chilly morning that transitioned into a perfect day for golf on a legendary track. Full course review coming soon!

The iconic 3rd hole:
Beth teeing off ocean-side on the long par 4 fourth hole:
On Saturday Beth and I headed over to Coronado Golf Course and paid a whopping $40 green fee to experience this ever popular municipal track. It was a very interesting experience which I look forward to writing a full review on!

Beth on the 3rd green:
Teeing off on the 18th hole:
We have three days and four nights left in San Diego before heading to Beth’s Aunt’s in Tucson. We’re going to head back to Torrey Pines one day to play the North Course, check out the San Diego Zoo and Balboa park, and probably get up to a few other shenanigans. I also need to find myself a haircut…three month road trip problems!



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10 thoughts on “Golf is Mental Hits the Road #5 – From Palm Desert to Staying Classy in San Diego

    1. Jim,

      I made a few memorable birdies in the desert, however a highlight for me was actually a par at Torrey Pines. If you’re familiar with the par 4 12th, it is usually one of the most difficult holes when the PGA Tour stops there, playing nearly 500 yards uphill and into an ocean breeze.

      I hit it into the left fairway bunker and had 220 left to the green. I decided to layup to a good yardage – about 100 yards. I hit a wedge that almost flew into the hole and spun back to 15 feet below the hole, then rolled in the putt. Sometimes a great par feels just as good as a birdie, especially on a monster like the 12th at Torrey!

      Thanks for the comment!


      1. Josh,

        That is awesome! Sounds like your course management was working very well that day! Also, if my math is right, 280 off the tee, up hill, into a slight breeze! Holy Smokes that is long!


      2. Jim

        To be fair we were 15-20 yards up from the tournament tee that stretches it to 500 yards…need special permission to play those tees (course rating is over 78 from them), but I did drive it well that day!


  1. The San Diego Zoo is really cool. Torrey North is said to be as good as the South, in need of a renovation! Can’t wait to read your reviews on both and see which one you like better!

    1. Drew

      Yes I am excited to see how the North course stacks up! It’s definitely easier, but have also heard that it’s good as well. Keep you posted!


  2. This sounds like an awesome trip !!! The golf is impressive as well. My wife was born and raised in Manhattan Beach. I love the town in the midst of LA. San Diego is awesome for golf. La Costa Resort and Spa has 2 fantastic tracks. Also I heard great things about Aviara. But you got to play Torrey which is an awesome golf course! Looking forward to more blog posts 🙂

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