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The Lodge at Torrey Pines
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 04/1/2011

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

What enhances the enjoyment of playing a very special golf course? Spending a night or two at a very special hotel before and after a round, of course.

For those fortunate enough to sample the beauty and challenge of Torrey Pines Golf Club, spending several days at the Lodge at Torrey Pines, a magnificent establishment that sits just off the famous layout’s 18th fairway, is like ordering a fine wine to compliment a sumptuous dinner.

“The Lodge is special and distinctly different from other properties for a number of reasons,” says Steve Pelzer, executive vice president, sales and marketing. “We sit on a world-class golf course that overlooks the gorgeous Pacific Ocean and California coastline. Also set a short walking distance from the hotel are the bluffs of Torrey Pines, also known as the Torrey Pines State Reserve that attract people from all over the world to rest and enjoy the stunning view, walk the gorgeous trails, or exercise in the challenging cliffs.”

 This is truly a place to experience the miles of unspoiled beaches and elegant Torrey Pines trees, which are protected by the state of California. The Lodge’s design complements the pristine beauty of the area’s pines and sandstone formations, with beam details that echo the windswept Torrey Pines themselves.

Says Pelzer, “Add in our award-winning restaurant, A.R. Valentien, and The Lodge is a destination that is rarely matched.”
 The Lodge, which is a 20-minute drive from downtown San Diego and the San Diego International Airport, opened in the spring of 2002 and has 170 guest rooms, including eight suites. There is more than 13,000 square feet of indoor meeting and banquet space, a 9,000-square-foot full-service spa, expansive public spaces with stunning views of the golf course and Pacific Ocean, two restaurants, a heated pool, a whirlpool, a croquet lawn and a large terrace for basking in the California sun.

The Lodge offers hotel guests preferred tee times and special golf packages for the Torrey Pines Golf Course, home of the annual Buick Invitational and host of the 2008 U.S. Open. The course is operated by the independent Torrey Pines Club Corporation. The course’s pro shop, driving range, cart rental and golf school are also adjacent to the Lodge.

There always seems to be something going on at the Lodge at Torrey Pines.

“Relatively new are the craft beer dinners that are taking place at The Grill which is our more casual dining option of two restaurants,” says Pelzer.  “San Diego has been identified as the epicenter for craft beer, so every last Wednesday of the month we partner with a local craft brewery here in San Diego and our chef pairs a special menu with four distinct beers from that brewer. They have been widely received and we are very encouraged and pleased with their success.” 

 The Lodge offers many intriguing specials, which can be viewed at

“Our guests come from all over to golf, go to the beach, visit the Torrey Pines State Reserve, and take in all that San Diego has to offer,” says Pelzer. “Out of state, our biggest market is New York City. Los Angeles and Orange County are the biggest markets for us in the state. We also have numerous guests stay from San Diego that want to have that `get-a-way’ feel without leaving the city.”

For a truly magnificent compliment to a great round of golf at Torrey Pines, you’ve got to check of The Lodge at Torrey Pines. You may not ever want to leave this golden coastline.