Rees Jones, Inc.

Golf Course Design & Architecture

Rees Jones, Inc.
Torrey Pines (South)
La Jolla, California
Image: Torrey Pines (South)
Course Type
Design Roles
Additional Work
Greg Muirhead

Client Course Description

Torrey Pines. The name itself stirs the imagination of golf enthusiasts all over the world. Situated atop cliffs towering above the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, California, golfers marvel at the views of the coastline and deep ravines. Nature lovers can spot wildlife and the famous Torrey Pines trees that are indigenous to the area.

Designer Notes

In hopes of being selected for a U.S. Open, our client asked us to completely rebuild Torrey Pines South. We relocated greens closer to the canyons, re-contoured all greens to provide multiple pin placements, repositioned bunkers for stronger players with more advanced equipment, and added over 500 yards of length. In 2002, Torrey Pines was chosen to host the 2008 U.S. Open.

Golf course improvements are scheduled for implementation in 2018 and 2019, prior to the 2021 U.S. Open Championship. Proposed work includes the installation of a new irrigation system, rebuilding all sand bunkers, relocating select bunkers, resurfacing and leveling several tees, adding select forward tees, regrading all green approaches and repositioning some fairways to bring the natural canyons more into play

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Tournament Year(s)
U.S. Open 2008, 2021
Farmers Insurance Open Annually Since 2010
Formerly Buick Invitational 2002 - 2009
LPGA Tour's Samsung World Championship 2009


Award Publication
Top 100 Courses in the U.S. Golf Magazine
America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses Golf Digest
Top 100 Courses You Can Play Golf Magazine
Best Municipal Courses Golfweek
Gold Premier Resort Golf Magazine
America's Best State-By-State Courses You Can Play Golfweek


Headline Date
Torrey Pines Gets Rave Reviews From Players And ‘Open Doctor’ June 22, 2021
Torrey Pines Stages Another Blockbuster June 21, 2021
Four Holes to Watch at Torrey Pines June 17, 2021
Changes to Torrey Pines Ahead of the 2021 U.S. Open June 17, 2021
The U.S. Open Returns to Torrey Pines South June 16, 2021
Golf Channel Discusses Rees Jones’ Redesign Work at Torrey Pines June 16, 2021
Torr-Rees Pines: Jones’s Hand Still Present At 2021 US Open June 16, 2021
Open Challenges June 16, 2021
12 Questions with “The Open Doctor” Rees Jones June 16, 2021
‘Open Doctor’ Jones Ratchets Up The Challenge On Torrey Pines South November 17, 2019
2016 Season Brings Top Players to 13 Compelling Rees Jones-Designed Courses January 26, 2016
U.S. Open to Return to Torrey Pines in 2021 March 21, 2014

More Information

For more information about Torrey Pines (South), please visit the course’s website.