Torrey Pines - La Jolla, CA

What used to be a US Army installation during World War II, became Torrey Pines Golf Course in 1957.  Both the North and South courses were designed by William F Bell and in 2001, Rees Jones would redesign the South course.  

That South course would host the US Open in 2008 and it will host it again in 2021.  in the 2008 Open, Tiger Woods defeated Rocco Mediate in a Monday playoff where it was later revealed that Tiger was playing with a broken leg.  This was Tiger Woods' 14th major championship and hopefully not his last.  The course also hosts the annual PGA Tour event, the Farmers Insurance Open.

Since Torrey Pines operates on a first come, first save basis for tee times.  We showed up to the course at 5am in the pitch dark.  We put our bags down in the line by the registration booth and practiced putting in total darkness for a couple of hours.  The good news is that we ended up being the first group off when the sun did rise.  We waited on that 1st tee until we could see the fairway and then hit our tee shots.  Unlike Tiger Woods, I missed my birdie putt on 18 to get into the 'playoff.'