Torrey Pines Golf Club – South Course
April 23rd, 2017
What an awesome day it was out at Torrey Pines South. My first time playing a course that has hosted a Major. The first time was in 2008 and it will return soon in 2021.
Torrey Pines South course has some great history besides hosting the US Open. Annually, the Farmers is held here and the most recent tournament featured the first PGA Tour win for Jon Rahm.
Truly a spectacular place.
I was expecting a difficult course but man, the South course will kick you in the nuts quick if your game is off just a bit. And for me, that was the entire front nine. I had a case of the “lefts” and was in trouble on almost every hole off the tee. Toss in some short game woes and I was quickly adding strokes as we made our way around the incredibly scenic front. The 51 one I shot from the Green Tees felt like 151 by the time I finished up on number nine.
Thankfully I was able to gather myself (the Stone IPA at the halfway house may have had a little to do with it) and managed to put together a nice little 44 on the back.
I know a 44 is nothing to write home about but when you consider I play at an altitude of close to 3,000 feet here in Henderson, the sea level at Torrey makes the 6,600 yards feel more like 7,000. Again, I know it was probably not in my best interest to play from those tee’s but hey, this is a major golf course (albeit not in major conditions) and I wanted to test myself. Where I completely failed on the front I passed with flying colors on the back.
I wrapped up the round draining a 30 footer on number 18 for my par. It wasn’t nearly as exciting as Tigers putt in 2008 or Rahm’s putt this year but it was my major moment and I’ll never forget it!