Golf is Mental Hits the Road #6 – From San Diego to Tucson

The rest of our week in San Diego was as much of a success as the first half. Although we were obviously sad to see Jane and Matt go on the 4th, Beth and I managed to make the best of it in the perfectly sunny weather.

The next day we met an old co-worker of Beth’s for lunch, found me a much needed haircut, and did some frolicking along the coast. We checked out some beaches in La Jolla (pronounced “La Hoya”) where Beth was living dangerously.


We then carried on to Pacific Beach where we caught a beautiful sunset and an ocean view for happy hour.

The next day we were bonafide tourists and hit up the San Diego Zoo. If you’ve never been, it is really quite impressive to see no matter what age you are. The highlight was definitely the pandas, who were luckily very visible and active when we visited them. They’re definitely jokers.

The morning of the 7th was another early wakeup-call to head to Torrey Pines, this time for the North course. Often overshadowed by the iconic South course, we were very impressed with the North course as well. It is a great layout that has several stunning views. We were the second group off and couldn’t have had better weather. I can’t wait to post full reviews for both Torrey tracks, what a treat to play there!

The approach to the 5th hole:

The par 3 6th hole:

It was difficult to leave San Diego on the 8th as it treated us so well, but we were also excited to hit the next chapter of our journey in Arizona, where our first stop was Tucson to visit Beth’s Aunt.

We stayed for four nights and they were very gracious hosts.

We played three rounds of golf, enjoyed some great food, did some very mild “hiking”, checked out the town, and did some relaxing in the hot tub.

First we played the South Course at The Gallery Golf Club which hosted the World Golf Championship Match Play in 2007 and 2008.

Our next round was at Tucson National (Catalina Course) which has hosted over 30 PGA Tour Events. It’s always a thrill to play where so many legends have played.

Last but not least we played the North course at The Gallery Golf Club which was also very fun. It is a bit easier than the South course but by no means less interesting. I’m also looking forward to posting reviews on these courses!

The final tee shot at Tucson National (Catalina Course):

Beth enjoying golfing amongst the Saguaros at The Gallery.

After our enjoyable stay in Tucson we packed up and made the short two hour (or less) drive north to Phoenix to meet up with my Dad and Stepmom who flew down for the week. We’ve been here two nights and feels like we’ve already seen and done so much, but I will leave those details for the next post!

We will be here till the 18th or 19th, followed by stops in Lake Havasu and Palm Desert once again before starting our slow journey up the coast in February.



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