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Mickelson presents case for Torrey North renovation


Phil Mickelson held a 90-minute presentation Wednesday night to discuss his renovation plans for the North Course at Torrey Pines.

Though the Rees Jones-designed South Course, host of the 2008 U.S. Open, is a brute, Lefty said he has no intentions of making the North Course as difficult.

“I do believe that modern-day architecture is the single-most reason why play and participation in golf has declined,” Mickelson said, via Tod Leonard of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “It’s just too hard. It’s not fun.”

The $7 million project, scheduled to begin in winter 2015, will include the rebuilding of all 18 greens and bunkers – Mickelson said the greens are more severely sloped than those at Augusta National – adding full cart paths and replacing the irrigation system.

During the presentation, Mickelson reportedly proposed these changes for the North Course: “fairways and greenside areas that will feed shots toward the hole, not repel it away; chipping areas that will challenge better players but allow higher handicappers to putt from off the green; greenside bunkers placed to the sides and not the front of greens; at least one drivable par 4 on each nine; shorter holes for women and juniors.”

Here is a video of Mickelson discussing the changes: