It’s that week again … And this post provides some insights into what’s new, what you should know and what we noticed on a quick spin around the South Course Monday morning.
I learned a lot about course maintenance and tournament set-up last year working with Torrey Superintendent Paul Cushing. The distinctive half-and-half stripe in the fairways lets you know it’s tournament time.
As a fan, here’s the biggest thing to know logistically: The main entrance has moved to the Glider Port. The new entrance is greatly expanded and would seem to facilitate better crowd flow, but beware that the move was made for security purposes (bag checking, etc.). Factor that into your arrival time. And if you’re looking to follow someone on the North Course Thursday or Friday, bump your arrival time up by 30 minutes. You’ve got a hike ahead of you.
The first hole fans will see now is the par-3 11th on the South Course.
Also new: The Fringe, a food and entertain pavilion sponsored by Harrah’s Resort SoCal around the 15th green on the South Course. Post-round concerts will take place Thurs./Fri./Sat. after play has cleared the 15th (roughly 3:30 p.m.) and last until sundown (5:15 p.m.). I love the addition of an after-hours vibe to the tourney. You can find the entertainment line-up here – www.farmersinsuranceopen.com/special-events/post-party-presented-by-harrahs-resort-socal/
And the blog is officially intrigued by the La Jolla Burger. Do you get a t-shirt or plaque if you finish it? A half-pound burger on a golf course? Good thing there’s a lot of ground to walk it off.
If you’re the collecting type, you can now get hats for the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Opens at the Torrey Pines pro shop. Pretty cool. The pro shop also seemed newly stocked with shirts and other gear. Always a must-see when you’re at Torrey.
You’ll get an eyeful of Rickie Fowler on the grounds this week. He’s everywhere, but I thought this nod to his charity work was a nice tribute and touch. It’s great to see a Tour star using his profile this way.
The par-3 16th on the South. Such a great view. The vistas inspire you again and again at Torrey.
And naturally we end at the par 5 18th. What drama might unfold here this week? Can’t wait to find out.