Monday, June 20, 2011

Review of Torrey Pines South

As mentioned earlier, I was fortunate enough to play the Torrey Pines South course last week.  While the weather didn't cooperate that much, the beauty of the course stood out.  Parts of it, with overlooks to the Pacific ocean, were breathtaking.  Here are some photos of the trip:

This is the view on the approach at #1.  Bunkers protect greens on about every hole, and I caught the one on the right (but was still able to bogey):

This is the view from the tee box at #2, looking back toward the city of La Jolla:

A view of the beauty of the course and the coast:

The beautiful combination of canyon and ocean:

This gives a great perspective at the difference between tee boxes, as it was shot from the Blacks.  Hard to believe the incredible distance the professionals possess:

The view from the tee box at the famous #3: 

A pretty good effort by our foursome on our tee shots on #3.  I'm on the green, but furthest back.  Ended up three putting for bogey, which I did two more times that day:

It was a great day of golf, and sightseeing.  Beyond the golf, we were treated to parasailers flying off of the coast all afternoon as the thermals appeared to be really good, and we were also treated to over a dozen military fly-overs as our boys in uniform went through their paces as well.  Despite the massive noise, it did not bother me in the least, and it was fun to have them overhead.

Even though it is a very long course (nearly 6,900 from the whites), my long game was OK and kept my score in check.  I ended up shooting a 46, 54 for an even 100.  While I wanted to shoot in the 90's, given the difficulty of the course, I was very happy with my round, despite my inability to par any hole (ah, yes, those three putt bogeys again...)

It was a great day on the course, and one I'll remember forever.

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