Imagine a day of beautiful sunshine, stunning landscapes, ocean views, and seeing the best professional golfers in the world. You might say this could be a dream. Well, I’m happy to say this describes my day at the Farmer’s Insurance Open PGA Golf Tournament at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
I originally didn’t think I would be able to go to the tournament, as my calendar was quite full with doctor appointments, and other errands I needed to do. But I managed to work around it all and join my husband as we attended the tournament on a beautiful Thursday afternoon.
If you’ve never experienced a golf tournament in person, it is quite entertaining and is a lot of fun. Although, there are several times you will be told to be quiet and stand still.
You can get up close to the professional players, and even sometimes get an autograph and photos. I was at a golf tournament in Florida at the Bay Hill where Arnold Palmer played and I was able to approach him and he gave me his autograph, which I thought was really cool. You get a closer look at these superior athletes and see their incredible talent up close while they make their impressive swings with the driver as they attack the pins on the greens!
If you are visiting from out of town, you are also in for a treat! As you take in your golf tournament, be sure to make room for some other activities as well! Click here for ‘Things to do in San Diego”
Our day at Torrey Pines was a fabulous one! The weather was absolutely beautiful, with the sun shining and about 73 degrees, made for a perfect day of golf. If you plan to attend one of these professional tournaments, you may need to consider making a plan. Especially when the venue has limited parking, and is happening in a very populated area. You also need to think about food and water, clothing, weather, and plan to do a lot of walking. So here is an overview to give you an idea of what it’s like to attend one of these golf tournaments.
What to bring:
Since I have food sensitivities, I always need to bring my own food with me wherever I go. For this event, I didn’t have many snacks nor did I bring any water with me.(Many events do not allow bottled beverages). I knew we were only planning to stay a few hours, so I drank a couple small bottles of water prior to the tournament, and I did bring a small zip lock bag of almonds. My snacks usually include nuts, granola bar, small banana.
I also brought along my small purse, for more information on what types of bags or purses you are allowed to bring click here:
What to wear:
It was a gorgeous day and comfortable weather, so I brought a light jacket and comfortable yoga stretch pants, and sneakers. We always plan to do a lot of walking around the golf course, so I like to make sure I am wearing comfortable clothing and shoes.
Other things to wear:
Visor or hat
Parking and Getting There:
Since my husband was already in the nearby area of where the tournament is, we decided to meet up after my doctor appointment. We ended up parking my car near Mission Bay Drive parking lot and left my car and I got in with him and we proceeded to the golf tourney parking area at Sea World for Thursday and Friday only. The tournament organizers are encouraging attendees to use Uber ride services to get to the event. The two different areas for parking for the event and taking shuttle services are at:
Event Admission Fee:
This price can be different at various cities and tournaments. Military receive free admission tickets to this tournament. The price for an admission fee starts at $60 See more ticket options here:
We finally arrived at the event drop shuttle bus area at the as we disembarked the shuttle from the Sea World parking lot. The crowds were not too bad yet, and we began our quest to search for Tiger and his group to watch and follow. Prior to finding Tiger, we ended up stopping at several vending tents and booths. We were able to get a free skin cancer screening by a doctor from Scripps Healthcare, and we received a couple small bottles of sunscreen, as well as lip balm with spf.
As we proceeded to walk around the golf course, we were constantly saying to each other how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place, and have the opportunity to attend events like this. We were able to get one hole ahead of Tiger so that we could pick our spot near the tee box. This gave us an opportunity to stand in a spot up on front against the ropes so we could see Tiger up close as he tee’s off. We also enjoyed seeing Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, and several other talented golfers. If you want to see a particular player, you can check out their Tee Times here: for the weekend rounds.
And if you are a military veteran, active or retired, you must visit the military patriot outpost tent. They offer you water and other beverages, food, snacks, and a beautiful view for watching the tournament.
Other great attractions to check out include the following:
The Michelob Ultra Zone: Offering food and drink
Champions for Youth Tent: Official “Keep Calm & Torrey On” quite paddle for sale with all proceeds going to charity.
Fan Friendly Expo: Latest golf equipment and other special offers.
MD Anderson-Sunscreen Station: sunscreen and skin screenings.
Grey Goose 19th Hole and Flight Deck: Panoramic views of the course, drinks and beverages.
Practice Putting Green: See where the pros prepare to play their round.
Just the Good Stuff: Sweet treats with cookies, donuts and coffee.
We were so happy that we decided to attend this year’s tournament at Torrey. It was a spectacular day to be outdoors, do some walking, take in a few festivities in the vendors tents, and enjoy the golf. If you are from the area or visiting San Diego, we hope you have the opportunity to take in some golf, and enjoy all the other things San Diego has to offer. Enjoy and welcome!