Category: Torrey Pines


January 08, 2011

America's Most Overrated Public Course: The South Course at Torrey Pines

Posted at 5:28 PM by Joe Passov

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Torrey For some reason, our course ranking panelists prop up Torrey Pines South in the U.S. Top 100, but I'm not drinking the Kool-Aid. To me, the South is simply a slog — and from a design standpoint, a depressingly dull one.

Don't (entirely) blame Rees Jones: he didn't route the course. In fact, his 2001 renovation upped the drama quotient, even if he did add totally superfluous length.

It's really a relic of the late 1950s, terribly long and open, with few run-up possibilities. Add vapid, mostly elevated greens and a dearth of risk/reward options and you've got a real snoozer.

You'll never forget the experience, but you won't remember many of the holes — making it overrated in my book.

What's the most overrated course you've played? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

(Photo Credit: Larry Lambrecht)

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