Review: Torrey Pines Golf Course (North Course)

(Update: This is a review of the North Course at Torrey Pines before the 2016 renovation)

The North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course is an often overshadowed golf course because of it’s famous big sister, the South Course (you should also read my South Course review).

However, playing the North Course mustn’t be overlooked when visiting Torrey Pines. As with the South Course, the North Course is open to the public year-round, except when the PGA Tour is making its annual stop for the Farmers Insurance Open. It is included in the rotation Thursday and Friday, with each professional playing it once, and playing the South the other day. Then the South Course takes the spotlight for the weekend.

The most obvious difference between the two courses is length. The North Course can be stretched out to 6915 yards from the black tees, which is still a lot of golf course for the average golfer. They recommend 0 to 12 handicaps play from the blue tees (6601 yards), with special permission required to play the tips.

Except for the obvious difference in length, there isn’t much value in comparing the two courses. I just take The North Course for what it is – a challenging, extremely fun, and scenic golf course to play at a very fair price.

We lined up early (before 6am) at the starters shack, as we did for the South Course, in an attempt to get a walk-on time and save the $45 per player advanced reservation fee. We ended up being the second group off as the sun rose just before 7am. Bliss.

The approach to the par 5 1st hole:

The blind tee shot on the par 4 5th hole:

The approach to the 5th green:

The signature par 3 6th hole:

Tee shot on the dogleg left par 4 13th hole:

Approach to the 13th green:

The par 3 17th hole:


The North Course can be played by non-residents for $100 during the week, or $125 on weekends. It’s easily one of the best $100 golf courses I’ve played to date. San Diego residents are able to play it for $40 during the week, which is almost a joke.

The North Course is the type of course you could play everyday and continue to enjoy. For the average golfer, the North Course still provides a good challenge while being far more playable day-in and day-out than its sister South Course. Their back-to-front sloping greens look tame, but can be sneaky tough and often difficult to read subtle breaks.

Interestingly enough, for women, the North Course plays longer and has a more difficult rating than the South Course.

Anytime I’m in the San Diego area, I will not pass up a relatively cheap early morning at Torrey Pines to play the North Course.

Happy golfing!


(Published from my iPhone)

10 thoughts on “Review: Torrey Pines Golf Course (North Course)

  1. Josh

    Any Torrey Pines course would be awesome. Love the pictures. Sounds like you had a great time! I would like to play the tips, just to try it…..a bit crazy that way. 6600 yards is perfect for my game and would love to challenge the North Course. I guess I have any other course for my bucket list!


    1. Jim,

      Playing the tips on either course would certainly be fun to do some day, and then watching the pros play from the same boxes! Definitely worthy of the bucket list, look forward to reading about it when you check it off.


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