Torrey Pines Golf Course is a world-renowned PGA Championship golf course that also has the distinction of being a City owned and operated municipal golf course. The course has been hosting the PGA Farmer’s Insurance Open (current tournament name) annually since 1968 as well as the 2008 U.S Open and will host the U.S. Open again in 2021. The renovation of the North Course has elevated the quality of play and experience for both the professional and novice golfer. The renovation received extensive praise and positive reviews of the new design by PGA professionals at the 2017 Farmer’s Insurance Open.
The project incorporated some of the latest golf course construction innovations found on top golf courses around the country. A subsurface aeration and drainage system installed under all the greens allows greens keepers to use trailer mounted blowers to either draw excess water out of the greens or push air into the soil for sub-surface aeration. A new technology known as capillary concrete was used on all bunker complexes. Capillary concrete is a porous concrete-like material that replaces typical gravel sub-base and provides superior drainage, sand stabilization, and holds capillary water longer on bunker faces.
The renovation of the North Course provided a much needed update that improves playability for the average golfer and provides enough risk/reward to challenge the most experienced PGA professionals. In addition to innovative golf course technologies, the project also reduced water usage by converting 5 acres of turf to water conserving native plant landscape areas. The renovation has put San Diego Golf Operations in the national spotlight with the positive reviews received from PGA Tour Professionals. The commitment to golf excellence and keeping the golf course fresh and challenging is a driving factor that makes Torrey Pines an international golfing destination.
With its iconic position on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, the golf course shares it location with some of San Diego’s most valuable natural resources in the adjacent Multiple Habitat Protection Area (MHPA). Potential negative impacts to environmentally sensitive plants and habitat as well as endangered indigenous bird species such as the California Gnatcatcher were closely monitored on a daily basis during construction activities by qualified biologists. Construction activities were coordinated daily and reported on at weekly team construction meetings to successfully prevent any impacts to sensitive plant and animal species.