Why The Lodge completes the Torrey Pines experience

By Mike BaileyJanuary 28, 2011, 7:18 pm

LA JOLLA, Calif. – Over the past decade, demand to play Torrey Pines’ two golf courses has increased to the point that non-residents not only have to pay upwards of $200, but getting a tee time can sometimes be difficult.

One way to guarantee you'll be able to tee it up at the site of the 2008 U.S.  Open is to stay at the AAA Five-Diamond Torrey Pines Lodge that opened in 2002. It won’t get you a break on green fees, but the Lodge has a block of tee times that can be reserved a year or so in advance.

Better yet, if you're not looking to do golf on the cheap, a stay at the Lodge provides an experience right on par with America's top golf resorts. That couldn't be said prior to 2002 before Evans Hotels of San Diego opened the 170-room hotel and spa that overlooks the two cliff-side golf courses.

The addition of the Lodge, as well as Rees Jones’ renovation of Torrey Pines' South Course and subsequent U.S. Open, upped the ante on the whole Torrey Pines experience. The resort hotel, where arrivals are greeted by doormen dressed in traditional Scottish kilts, offers exceptional dining, a 170,000-square-foot full-service spa and well-appointed rooms and suites. But more than that, the Lodge presents an ambience that blends right in with the Torrey Pines State Reserve, the 2,000-acre park that offers hiking trails among thousands of the park's namesake pines overlooking the coastal bluffs of the Pacific.

The Lodge, designed more as a residence than a hotel, reflects the early 1900s California Craftsman style of architecture, featuring natural-looking color palates like large wooden beams and brickwork that blend in with the surrounding. The rooms have simple, strong wooden furniture, large comfortable beds and Tiffany lamps. A rear deck to the hotel even wraps itself around a decades-old tree that towers above the resort's large heated swimming pool, cabanas and croquet lawn.

Inside guests are warmed by large wood-burning fireplaces that lead to public rooms and two restaurants. One of them is the A.R. Valentien, which serves gourmet California cuisine created by chefs Jeff Jackson and Tim Kolanko. The restaurant, overlooking the 18th green on the South Course and Pacific Ocean, is considered among the best restaurants in the San Diego area, earning top marks from Zagat Surveys with its excellent farm-to-table creations.

Besides A.R. Valentien, you'll also enjoy breakfast at the counter of the golfers' grill by the putting green. The grill serves up a pretty fair huevos rancheros. But of course, you don't have to stay at the resort to eat there; it just completes the experience.

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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

PGA Tour:

The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

LPGA:

We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.


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Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.