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Sports fans love being close to the action. And The Lodge at Torrey Pines, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, makes that possible for golf lovers. How? Well, it’s located right on the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California, which will be home to the 2021 U.S. Open and annual Farmers Insurance Open.

The AAA Five-Diamond California Craftsman-style resort Palisade guest rooms and suites overlook the famous course and make for the perfect spot to enjoy a golf-themed vacation. But, if you have to choose one room, opt for the Makinson Suite. The 1,100-square-foot suite has a king-sized bedroom and fireplace and an adjoining sitting area and private balcony overlooking the 18th hole. And that view also includes sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. 

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Although the PGA buys out the resort during the actual U.S. Open, the property offers reservations right after the tournament. That means you can play on the course (which will be in PGA standard condition) just after the pros and still see the grandstands from the room.

Even if you can’t make it out for the main event, the luxury resort is hoping to get travelers back into the “swing” of things. They are now offering three new golf packages as part of their post-pandemic reopening. The Tee up at Torrey (starting at $615 per night) includes a tee time for two at either the North or South course, plus a one-night stay at the hotel. Swing and Stay (Starting at $445 per night) offers the same, but for a solo player. And Play Where the Pros Play (starting at $445 per night) lets you enjoy a three-night three-night stay and tee time.

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In addition to priority tee times and luxury accommodations, guests have access to the award-winning farm-to-table cuisine at its signature restaurant A.R. Valentien and remarkable views of the Pacific.


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