The Torrey Pine is a tree — a rare species of coastal pine that only grows on a stretch of the Southern California coast as well as on California’s Santa Rosa channel islands. The Lodge at Torrey Pines in San Diego, is also a singular species: A resort that has been given AAA’s 5-Diamond award ten years running, and a place Sunset Magazine named the “World’s Best Hotel.”
Sounds perfect… for your wife or girlfriend. Why would a guy want to come here? And I mean really want to come here? The answers are simple.
Experience Golf History
The U.S. Open was played here at Torrey Pines Golf Course in 2008, when Tiger Woods won in an epic 19-hole play-off. Likewise, in January or February of each year, Torrey Pines hosts the Farmer’s Insurance Open. The first two rounds are played on the north and south courses, while the final rounds are played on the south course.
The green looks smaller in person than it does on TV, more intimate, like everything at the Lodge. Built in 1980 and redesigned in 2001, the south course is the longest course (7,628 yards) on the PGA tour. From the Lodge you can see where the Grandstands and TV cameras are set up, around the 18th green, getting a unique view like no one else.
Looking out, you can imagine the pressure of playing on the south course’s daunting final par 5. However, unlike most locations where majors are played, Torrey Pines is open to the public — so you can actually experience some of that thrill for yourself. Torrey Pines has an unusual reservation system, where hopeful players get in line at 6pm for reservations that are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis at sunrise. However, as a guest at the Lodge, you’re given priority guaranteed reservations, and the Lodge staff can book your tee-time. No waiting. Just roll out of bed, walk a few steps, and tee off on either of the legendary courses.
While you play golf, she can get pampered at the Lodge’s renowned 9,500 square foot Spa. It features a full line of treatments, its own lounge, relaxation rooms, sauna and steam rooms, as well as full service hair and nail salons.
Massage, skin care, masks, wraps, water therapies, and body exfoliation therapies are all available. There are also exotic rituals — complete therapies based on spa techniques from around the world. It takes 4 hours to play a round of golf, so be prepared to take your time while she enjoys these treatments to their fullest.
And if you’re the kind of guy who likes a little TLC, there are some great options for guys that steer clear of the frilly and flowery spas found at many resorts. Couples’ treatments and male-specific massages and skin care options will leave you feeling rested, refreshed, and relaxed.
Date Night at the Lodge
After a round of golf and visit to the spa, the evening awaits. If it’s early, a walk through the Torrey Pines Nature Reserve, just north of the Lodge, is incredible. Hiking trails wind along the coastal bluff through the salt-sprayed Torrey Pines, all with an incredible view of the Pacific.
The Lodge’s signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien serves incredible, full flavored dishes that need to be experienced. It features fresh, regional San Diego cuisine served in an impressive timbered room overlooking the 18th hole of the gold course. The restaurant takes its name from a talented early-1900s California artist whose works in ceramics, watercolors, and oils are now valued collectors’ items, some of which are on exhibit.
That Special Something About the Lodge at Torrey Pines
We’re not all beers and bros, all the time. Sometimes we like a great game, a great meal, and a little pampering all served up in an incredible surrounding. The Lodge at Torrey Pines speaks to those finer things, and it makes the lady happy along the way. What more could you ask for?