Like the South, there are holes along the cliffs that are breathtaking on a beauti- ful day. Whichever course you choose, you’re guaranteed to be impressed with its impeccable maintenance. Torrey isn’t nearly as busy as it used
to be, so if you’ve got just one or two in your party, try walking up in the morn- ing rather than paying a sizable advance reservation fee ($43 per player). OFF THE COURSE: La Jolla—trans-
lated as “the jewel” in Spanish—is just that. It’s a beautiful seaside community that features shops and restaurants of all varieties. One of the best family beaches in San Diego, La Jolla Shores, is just down the road from Torrey Pines, and also close by is the Scripps Aquarium. A drive up to Mt. Soledad provides a
360-degree view of the entire county, while kids and adults delight in seeing the seals sleep and sun themselves on the sand at the Children’s Pool.
BARONA CREEK Set in a beautiful valley in the East County community of Lakeside, the Barona Creek Golf Club ($120- $160, barona.com) was created by the Barona Indian tribe to go with its western-themed hotel and casino. Both experiences are of the highest quality. The former site of the Nationwide
Tour Championship, the golf layout is a stunning, rugged beauty that plays like an inland links track—firm and fast. There’s nothing tricked up at Barona,
The prices to play are as inviting as the 3,000 hours of sun that San Diego receives annually.