Phil Mickelson presented part of his plan for the renovation to the North Course at Torrey Pines this week in front of nearly 75 of San Diego's municipal golfers.
The extensive plans, which include rebuilding all 18 greens and bunkers, the addition of full cart paths, and replacing the current irrigation system, are budgeted at more than $7 million, according to U-T San Diego's Tod Leonard.
“I do believe,” Mickelson said, “that modern-day architecture is the single-most reason why play and participation in golf has decline. It’s just too hard. It’s not fun.”
Among Mickelson’s ideas for the North: fairways and greenside areas that will feed shots toward the hole, not repel it away; chipping areas that will challenge better players but allow higher handicappers to putt from off the green; greenside bunkers placed to the sides and not the front of greens; at least one driveable par-4 on each nine; shorter holes for women and juniors.
More specific plans for holes 1-3 are set to be released Jan. 10, 2013, according to the report.