Architectural brilliance and a US Open course next door - COPIED

By Links MagazineJune 26, 2008, 4:00 pm

Lodge at Torrey Pines
 
By Tom Dellner
 
Although it originated in Europe, the Arts and Crafts movement was popularized in the U.S. in the early 1900s by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Midwest and Gustav Stickley in New York. The style especially thrived in Southern California, where architects Charles and Henry Greene designed what many consider the world's grandest Craftsman-style structures.
 
The Lodge at Torrey Pines is inspired by two Greene and Greene homes-the Blacker and Gamble houses in Pasadena. The Evans family, the Lodge's owners, hired Randell Makinson, the world's foremost authority on the Greenes, to oversee the project and ensure that it faithfully and accurately reflected the Greenes' work. From the most fundamental design features-post-and-beam construction with a clinker-brick foundation and broad roof overhangs complete with outrigger projections and rafter tails-to the wood joinery, art glass windows, lamps and furnishings, no expense was spared.
 
Despite the luxury and meticulous detailing, the Lodge is anything but uncomfortably formal. To the contrary, you'll feel relaxed and welcome from the moment you pull up to the Lodge's entrance, with its low-slung timber entry porch and bulging, ivy-covered brick walls. The pleasant scent of a wood fireplace greets you as you open your car door, thanks to dulcet ocean breezes that blow through the lobby. White oak floors, wood paneling of Brazilian cherry and simple furniture groupings in the high-ceilinged public areas add further comfort.
 
Architecture mavens and novices alike will content themselves prowling Lodge interiors, perhaps enjoying the world-class spa or dining at the elegant A.R. Valentien restaurant, but the Lodge's natural surroundings will soon draw guests outdoors.
 

Lodge at Torrey Pines
 

A short walk from the Lodge is the Torrey Pines State Reserve, with its network of canyons and uniquely wind-textured sandstone cliffs towering above the Pacific. This is 2,000 acres of the wildest coastal land remaining in Southern California and home to the rare Torrey Pine, which grows naturally only here and on Santa Rosa Island, located 40 miles off the coast of Ventura. On a smaller scale, the Torrey Pines reserve is comparable in natural beauty to the Big Sur coastline some 400 miles to the north.
 
Lest we forget our priorities, the new Lodge must be lauded for its access to the adjacent Torrey Pines South course, which will host the U.S. Open in 2008. The South, which recently underwent an extensive renovation by Rees Jones, is the much tougher test. Jones lengthened the course (it can now stretch to a punishing 7,600 sea-level yards), relocated fairway bunkers so they're in play for long hitters and repositioned greens to bring many of the course's cliffs and canyons into play.
 
Shorter hitters may have their hands full on the South. The par-4 13th is evidence that the redesigned South has sharp teeth. It plays 477 yards dead into the wind. Bust a driver and pure a 3-wood here and you'll consider yourself most manly should you sneak it onto the front edge.
 
The North is a much friendlier but equally scenic layout. But it is certainly no pushover, especially in a good wind. The signature hole on Torrey Pines North is the par-3 6th, which plays 206 yards downhill to a large green with the Pacific as a panoramic backdrop. Play both courses soon-and by all means book a Lodge visit-before the whole world gets the same idea.
 
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.