The 2008 U.S. Open golf championship gave the golf fans everything we could have asked for and more: 91 holes of great golf, a larger-than-life winner, a deserving challenger, and a phenomenal golf course in a picturesque setting that left millions of golfers around the country wondering the same thing. “What’s the best way for me to play Torrey Pines?” The Lodge at Torrey Pines has the answer.
Golfers that succeed at the U.S. Open all agree that the most important trait one can have is mental fortitude. For the most grueling week of the golfing calendar, you had better be able to weather more than your share of bad bounces, awful lies, and unlucky lip-outs. The frayed nerves and mental exhaustion that the pros felt at Torrey Pines is something that you won’t have to worry about during your stay at The Lodge, however. That’s because the subtle, serene surroundings of the Southern California coast will rejuvenate anyone after even the most trying round of golf.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines is situated right above the first tee of the South Course amongst the limbs of an ancient, beautiful Torrey pine tree. The view it offers is truly awesome as it stretches down the first fairway toward the Pacific Ocean. The deep tones and richness of The Lodge’s structure is apparent from the get-go, with each of the 170 rooms being neatly appointed with deep brown wood bed frames and tables. Bathrooms feature deep soaking tubs, granite floors and counter tops, and every room is also equipped with the latest in high-tech details for today’s business traveler. The Lodge even offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space for business conferences, retreats, and meetings.
Quality abounds at the Lodge, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the award-winning A.R. Valentien restaurant, which is my choice as the finest restaurant in all of San Diego, and I am far from alone in that opinion. The menu is extraordinary, with daily specials of fresh seafood, greens, fruits and vegetables, and prime aged beef. The restaurant stresses healthy, light fare, and the soups are some of the tastiest to have ever crossed my lips. Everything is served in a unique style with outstanding presentation.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, none more esteemed than the AAA Five Diamond Award it has received in each of the five years it has been pampering its guests. Recognition for The Lodge also includes being named to Conde Nast Traveler’s The Gold List, Robb Report’s The 100 Best Places to Stay, Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Hotels, and Golf Magazine’s America’s Best Golf Resorts.
Tee times to the North and South Courses can be made by The Lodge, though they do recommend 21 days notice to ensure a tee time. The friendly, courteous way the staff at The Lodge treats you when booking a tee time is indicative of the treatment you will receive throughout your stay. Before and after your time on the golf course, you will be treated like royalty. Just ask Tiger and Rocco, though—on the course, you’re on your own!
Nearby Golf: Torrey Pines Golf Course, The Grand Golf Club at the Grand Del Mar, La Costa Golf Course, Aviara Golf Club
Address: 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037