- The Washington Times - Friday, June 13, 2008

Among the many similarities between Torrey Pines and Pebble Beach, one of the more notable connections between the two layouts is the Torrey pine itself. The distinctive evergreen, which is the rarest pine in America and closely resembles the Monterey cypress, is found only on the coastline in San Diego County and on the Monterey Peninsula (location of notable layouts Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Cypress Point).

*The Rover prostrates himself and humbly apologizes to San Diego. Because all of his previous visits came during the World Match Play Championships, which are always held in February (a wet and unpleasant month, even in Southern California) and used to be played at somewhat pedestrian La Costa, the Rover wasn’t overly taken with San Diego. What an epic error in judgment.

Not only is the local weather perfect (a foot of annual rainfall, high temperatures rarely above 84 or below 55, cool nights and mornings), the 10-mile stretch of beach north of the city from La Jolla to Del Mar (Torrey Pines is right smack in the middle) might be the most gorgeous place in the continental United States. Paradise has its price: One-bedroom condos in La Jolla start at $1 million. Unlike in Manhattan, however, at least seven figures in La Jolla buys you unlimited sand, sun and surf.

- Barker Davis



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