On Friday Jan. 28, I attended the Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines just outside San Diego, my first time at a PGA Tour event and the opportunity to see Tiger Woods in action was too good to pass up.
I had no idea what parking would be like so my friend and I left my home around 8:30 a.m. to with the goal of arriving at the course for the first tee time.
Little did we know, there was not a parking lot in sight near the golf course. With shuttles running back and forth, we finally found out the hard way that we had to park at Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers, about 20 minutes away from Torrey.
Two hours after our awry parking attempt, we finally made it to the course. By now it was nearly 11 a.m. and we got our tickets and passed through the gates. The first hole we visited was the par three 11.
At first sight, Torrey Pines was beautiful. If you want scenery, this is the place to be. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and cliffs and terrain surrounding the golf course, you could not ask for a more beautiful array of the landscape.
Looking back, I should have bought a map with the pairings for $1. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to figure out where each hole was without a map. Specifically looking for Tiger, we navigated the south course. We saw a huge crowd in the distance, so we headed toward hole 8. I guess it’s true when they say the television adds 10-20 pounds, because I was shocked when I saw Tiger in person. He looked a lot more in physical shape than on television. I also didn’t how strict they were with cell phone usage. As I was walking and sending text messages (had to show off pictures of the course to friends), a police officer threatened to take my phone away from me.
After following Tiger for a few holes we decided to grab a bite to eat. The food and beer selection was what I had expected (brats, burgers, chicken and snacks). It was 2 p.m. and after baking in the 80-degree heat and knowing we had a 30-minute trek back to our car, we decided to call it a day.
Golf is fun to watch in person; you really get to see how good and accurate the professional golfers really are. Overall, Torrey Pines was a great experience and is a beautiful public golf course. I would recommend to any avid golfer.
Navin Khan, a 20 handicap, is a San Diego resident and contributor to TheLocalGolfer. Check him out on Twitter @navindiesel