With 93 public courses scattered throughout
the county and mild weather perfectly suited
for play, San Diego is a golfer’s paradise.
The diverse number of courses ranges from
budget-friendly options a stone’s throw from
the city center to immaculate resort golfing, to
courses set among every conceivable setting,
including oceanfront, desert, and mountains.
PGA Pros Face Off at Torrey
Pines, January 23–26
Each winter since 1952, the nation’s top golfers have come together for a spirited tournament in San Diego at the beginning of the PGA Tour season, known
as the “West Coast Swing.” Since
1968, the tournament has been held
at the renowned
Torrey Pines Golf Course.
Named for the rare tree of the
same name, the course is set on towering cliffs overlooking the Pacific
Ocean, in La Jolla. From the North
Course, dolphins can be seen cavorting in the surf, and the vistas from
the South Course are nothing short
of breathtaking, but a relaxing day
on the links is the last thing on any
of the players’ minds. This is high-stakes golf that comes with major
bragging rights and a cash prize of
more than $1 million for the first-place winner.
Since 2010, Farmers Insurance
has been the title sponsor of the
tournament, which takes place on
both 18-hole championship golf
courses. The first two rounds are
played on the North and South
courses, with the final two rounds
concluding on the South Course,
which at 7,607 yards is the longest
course played on the PGA Tour.
Tiger Woods is the tournament’s
most decorated player, with seven
wins between 1999 and his victory
at the 2013 tournament, which also
marked his 75th PGA Tour win. Phil
Mickelson is the only other golfer to
take the title more than twice, with
wins in 1993, 2000, and 2001.
This year’s event takes place Thursday, January 23 to Sunday, January
26. General admission tickets start
at $40 for a single day, or $140 for a
Wednesday–Sunday pass, and include access to tournament grounds,
bleachers, and on-site pavilions like
the Beringer Wine Bar, Michelob
Ultra 19th Hole, Fan Fest, Golf Fest,
and more. Hospitality tickets, which
get you into areas like the Tilted Kilt
Tartan Terrace, an open-air sports
bar on the 15th green, and the
Champions Club, an all-inclusive
venue on the 17th green, range
from $75 to $200 a day.
FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
1There has only been one amateur winner. In 1954, Gene Littler took home $2,400 and a silver tea set.
2Bubba Watson was the first player to win over $1 million, for a first- place finish in 2011.
Bubba Watson Gene Littler
Golf Digest named San
Diego one of the top 50 golf
destinations in the world!