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Torrey Pines South Course - Torrey Pines Golf Course is a municipal public golf course owned by the city of San Diego, California. It sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. in the community of La Jolla south of Torrey Pines State Reserve. It has two famous golf courses, the North Course and the South Course. The South Course was designed by William F. Bell and redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001. It is now a par 72 course at 7,643 yards (6,989 m) in length from the back tees. The logo of Torrey Pines Golf Course features a salt pruned Torrey Pine. Much like Bethpage Black on Long Island, Torrey Pines has a unique method to ensure continued public access to the course. On weekends, individuals arrive as early as 6 p.m. the prior night to get in line for the first come first serve tee times that are given out from sunrise till the first reservations at 7:30 a.m. Torrey Pines is the home of the PGA Tour Buick Invitational each year in January or February. It hosts the San Diego City Amateur Golf Championships every June, and the Junior World Golf Championships every July and hosted the 2008 U.S. Open Golf Championship. It is named after the Torrey Pine, a rare tree that grows in the wild only along this local stretch of the coastline in San Diego County and on Santa Rosa Island. Tiger Woods won the 2008 U.S. Open Golf Championship over Rocco Mediate in a sudden death playoff on the seventh hole with a par over Rocco Mediate's bogey after playing an eighteen hole playoff, which they finished with even par 71's. Tiger Woods had to birdie the 72nd hole in order to force the playoff and again in the playoff on the 90th hole in order to reach sudden death; further, both players finished the tournament at 283, which was one under par. (Article sourced Here from CaddyBytes image 13th Green Torrey Pines South - (Click Here to See our Slide Show):


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Riviera C.C. - L.A. Open, Pacific Palisades, CA

The Riviera Country Club home to the Nothern Trust Los Angeles Open golf tournament on the PGA Tour is one of the great golf courses designed in by George C. Thomas in 1927 which he later described as his 'masterpiece'.  Thomas also designed courses back east in his native Philadelphia as well as in Massachusetts.  His other famous California courses include Bel Air CC., Los Angeles CC., Ojai Valley Inn Golf course, La Cumbre C.C., the Red Hill Golf Club, as well as the famous Griffith Park Municipal Golf Course in Los Angeles.  Although she's been lengthened where ever they could to accommodate today's playing professionals this great old tract is very much the same design as Thomas and his partner here Billy Bell had in mind some 80 or so years ago.  Many of the golf holes at Riviera are defined by the canyon walls and great and large eucalyptus trees and classic style of bunkering which frames many of the holes here.  Home to many Los Angeles Open's past, as well as a couple of majors, Riviera Country Club is still understandably one of the favorites that many PGA Tour players like to play on tour.  (Click Here to See our Slide Show):