The Farmers Insurance Open returns January 25-28 to Torrey Pines Golf Course. Come out to enjoy the ocean views, world-class golf, an array of specialty food and drink offerings and open-to-the-public fan attractions.
Specialty Food and Drinks
Enjoy an array of specialty SoCal flavor food and drink offerings at the Farmers Insurance Open including:
Boom Boom Chicken Sausage Roll
Grey Goose Specialty Cocktails including the 2018 signature drink, the Torrey Breeze
10-Under, a West Coast Pale Ale brewed specially for the Farmers Insurance Open by 10 Barrel Brewing Co, Michelob ULTRA and a variety of Anheuser-Busch beers
Make the most of your day at Torrey! Be sure to stop by these open-to-the-public attractions:
MD Anderson Shaded Bleacher
Offering shade and seating near the Main Entrance on 11
Grey Goose 19th Hole and Flight Deck
An expanded area that will all-new elevated viewing deck with panoramic views of the course, a Pétanque course and specialty drink offerings including the Farmers Insurance Open signature cocktail, the “Torrey Breeze”
The William Hill Estate Wine Lounge
Located on the south side of the 8th green, the Lounge will offer ocean and golf views and will feature an array of wine selections from William Hill Estate
The Michelob ULTRA Zone
At the center of the action, the Michelob ULTRA Zone will feature premium food and drink offerings
The Post Party presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal
When the play ends, keep the party going with live music from local DJs and Happy Hour drink specials.
Farmers Insurance Open Tickets
From general admission to a VIP experience, there’s a ticket option for everyone. Daily ticket options range from $50-$385 for an all-inclusive experience. Senior, kids, youth and Military discount ticket opportunities available.
If you are lucky enough to be here in San Diego this weekend, here’s what’s going on during the 2017 San Diego Padres home opener series and also what’s new both inside and outside Petco Park.
San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants
To kick off the 2017 home season, the San Diego Padres will take on the San Francisco Giants. While the home opener on Friday is sold out, there are still tickets available for the remaining two games:
Friday, April 7 – Opening Day T-Shirt
Saturday, April 8 – Postgame Laser Show
Sunday – Compadres Kids Sunday Signings, KidsFest, Military Opening Day, Postgame Kids Run the Bases
The free, family friendly 7th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party will be the ultimate tailgating scene on J Street between 6th and 10th Avenues. Show your team pride and “root, root, root for the home team” as San Diego kick-offs the party with fun family games, activities, and much more! Enjoy great food, craft beer, and cocktails from delicious local restaurants. There will be a bike valet at the Block Party.
Carnitas’ Snack Shack at Petco Park offers a variety of the thoughtfully sourced, pork-centric menu items Carnitas’ Snack Shack is known for.
Where: Left field seating area at sections 128 and 228
Wonderland Ocean Pub
Wonderland at Petco Park offers a full bar, beers from Resident Brewing Co. and a variety of menu items made popular at the original Ocean Beach location.
Where: Upper deck at section 309
Iron Fist Brewing Co.
Iron Fist Brewing Co. will feature several of its local unfiltered, bottle conditioned and naturally carbonated craft beers at a dedicated cart on Craft Beer Row (sec. 101-105), as well as at the five Craft Beers of San Diego locations throughout Petco Park (sec. 107, 211, 229, 305, 328).
AleSmith Brewing Co.’s .394
AleSmith Brewing Co. is partnering with the Padres to update and re-brand Club 19 to .394. This restaurant and bar will feature San Diego Pale Ale .394 and other AleSmith favorites, as well as a menu developed by Petco Park Executive Chef Carlos Vargas, in collaboration with Alicia Gwynn. Featured items will include .394 Chop Salad, Midsummer Classic Mac & Cheese, Pulled BBQ Pork Fries, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil Soup, Tony’s Chicken Tenders, Crispy Fried Chicken Plate, Open Face Turkey Sandwich and Fried Chicken Sandwich.
Where: Section 217 on the Toyota Terrace Level
The Still by Cutwater Spirits
Petco Park will feature Cutwater Spirits’ Fugu Vodka, Old Grove Gin and Three Sheets Rum, as well as their ready-to-enjoy canned cocktails throughout the ballpark. In addition, Cutwater Spirits is partnering with the Padres to update and re-brand the bar and restaurant space in left field on the Toyota Terrace level. The Still by Cutwater Spirits will offer indoor and outdoor seating, field views and a variety of cocktails.
Where: Left field on the Toyota Terrace level
San Diego Padres Fan Experience
“Take me out to the ballgame” has a whole different meaning in San Diego. Petco Park is how this city does baseball, and it’s unlike any other fan experience. Located in downtown’s vibrant East Village, the ballpark is surrounded by exciting things to do. Inside, you’ll find fan food like you’ve never seen it before, with San Diegans’ favorite eateries and world-renowned craft beer throughout. Sometimes it really is all fun and games.
On one hand, San Diego is sad to lose it’s football team. On the other hand, California’s Beach City and it’s local supporting group The American Outlaws (pictured above) are excited to host and march to upcoming International and local fútbol (soccer) matches and tournaments in 2017!
International Fútbol Matches
U.S. MNT vs. Serbia
The U.S. Men’s National Team will begin the 2017 campaign with a friendly against Serbia on January 29 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Kickoff for Bruce Arena’s first match back in charge of the U.S. MNT is set for 1:00 PM PT, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision Networks.
Beach Soccer Jam is a Faster, Hotter Version of the World’s most Popular Sport filled with Entertainment. Come enjoy the excitement including Beach Soccer, Brazilian Samba and Capoeira dancers, some of San Diego’s best Entertainment DJs and a Beer Garden.
The Beach Soccer Championships has become one of the premier beach soccer destinations on the west coast of the United States and is among the top beach soccer events in the Nation. If you want Sand & Soccer with FUN, The Beach Soccer Championships is the place to be.
With more than a dozen championships throughout it’s close to 40 year history, the Sockers are San Diego’s premiere indoor soccer team! Experience the excitement of this fast-paced game with an affordable trip for the whole family to San Diego Sport Arena. The seasons kick off in October and run through Spring, so there is plenty of opportunity to join the Seventh Man crew!
Established in 2015, the North County Battalion joined the United Soccer League’s (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) for the 2017 season and plans to quickly move even further up the U.S. soccer hierarchy in subsequent years.
Try the Exciting New Water Sport – StandUp Paddleboarding
San Diego is crazy for paddle sports, and Standup Paddleboarding or SUP is the latest local craze. Kayakers and surfers have combined the best of both sports to create a fun and energetic new way for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the water anywhere they go.
As the name implies, in SUP, you stand upright on a surfboard and use a paddle to power yourself around. Today, experienced SUP surfers are riding waves at virtually the same performance level as traditional surfers, while recreational enthusiasts are using them for leisurely tours of flatwater lakes and bays. There are open ocean SUP races, SUP yoga classes, even adventurous athletes who are using SUP boards to challenge whitewater rapids and make long-distance expeditions.
Part of the appeal of SUP is that it feels more natural to stand than lay prone on your belly, and that you spend more time high and dry and cover more ground. Fitness fanatics can get a great all-around workout. Paddling uses the arms and upper body, while the demands of balancing the board exercise the legs and core.
SUP equipment can be purchased and rented at surf shops and watersports facilities throughout San Diego’s beaches and bays. First timers can sign up for instructional sessions, but the sport is intuitive enough that many people choose to figure it out for themselves. A few basic pointers should get you up and riding in no time:
Start on your knees, holding the paddle in both hands, and standup in a smooth, even motion.
Keep your knees slightly bent and your feet slightly apart. Use small corrections of your hips and knees to keep your center of gravity directly over the board.
Momentum is your friend. It’s far easier to balance and maneuver when your board is moving through the water.
Learning to Standup Paddleboarding is a lot like learning to ride a bike: once you get the hang of it, you never forget.
Like the ending to a great book or movie, the 18th hole of a golf course should offer an experience that’s both satisfying and memorable.
Few things in golf beat a walk-off birdie, so consider this a short bucket list of places you’d like be lucky to score one in San Diego. The following is a list of some of the best finishing holes San Diego golf courses have to offer:
1. Rancho Bernardo Inn
William Bell, the designer of Torrey Pines and many other public courses in San Diego, did some of his best work on No. 18 at Rancho Bernardo Inn, a hole that’s as scenic as it is strategic.
This closing par 5 begins with a decision off the tee: Do you try to drive the culvert crossing the fairway at around 250 yards or do you lay up? From there, it’s all about positioning to this uphill hole protected by ponds and a stream. That’s a lot of watery waters for things to go wrong trying to reach this narrow, triple-tiered green. But whether you make birdie or bogey, the setting, which includes two fountains, makes the hole and experience unforgettable.
Possibly the most beautiful finishing hole in San Diego is also its most difficult. This dogleg right par 4 wraps around a lake with a magnificent waterfall and offers a gorgeous view of Batiquitos Lagoon on the left. The lake is a popular destination for tee shots – and second shots, as finding the fairway is no guarantee of anything. The second shot, while played to a sizeable green, is deceivingly difficult. The approach is played into a Pacific Ocean breeze that can push your ball right into the water or out-of-bounds left. Par feels like a birdie here. The pros on the LPGA Tour are even tested by this one.
This straight away par 5 starts with an elevated tee shot over a ravine to a fairway where a majestic giant oak marks the right side. Aim for the oak and then pour all you’ve got into your second shot on this long finishing hole. The green is situated in front of the Maderas clubhouse, which has the look of an Italian villa. You can putt out and then retire to the patio and enjoy a great view of the hole you just played.
Design-wise, this flat, straightaway closing par 5 may seem fairly ordinary, but what’s happened here makes it extraordinary. As the finishing hole for the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open, it gets the most TV time of any hole in San Diego. But the lore of No. 18 really ties back to 2008 and the iconic U.S. Open. This is where Tiger Woods trickled in a tricky 12-foot birdie to force the playoff with Rocco Mediate that made that Open legendary and turned Torrey into hallowed ground in golf. Here’s your chance to recreate history.
Summer at the lakes in San Diego means night fishing for some catfish. Photo courtesy of Lake Jennings
One of my earlier experiences fishing for catfish at night actually was at the Colorado River. We tied up to some tule branches along the shore and fished from a pontoon boat. We used goldfish on heavy gear and I caught a flathead catfish that was longer than my leg and weighed over 35 pounds.
Some San Diego Lakes have similar-sized catfish, making it a very interesting place to fish at night for catfish. Largemouth bass also are known to bite at night, so there’s that option, too. Instead of using a chunk of stinkbait or mackerel dipped in stinkbait, which is done for catfish, anglers throw large plastic worms and baits to try to fool bass. There’s nothing like the explosion of a fish jumping in the darkness during a night fishing adventure.
Unfortunately, the San Diego lakes that have turned out blue catfish over 100 pounds don’t offer night fishing, except for special tournaments. But there are plenty of other options in the county to catch catfish at night.
Jennings is another good lake for night fishing. It’s open every Friday and Saturday night in the summer to night fishing. The lake is stocked periodically in the summer with channel catfish. And there are lots of holdovers, particularly some giant blue catfish that might make things interesting if your line starts peeling off your reel. You just might catch a giant blue catfish as long as your leg.
Lake Jennings’ Night Fishing is open Friday 4:00 PM to midnight and Saturday, 6:00 AM to midnight. There are boat rentals and you do need a California fishing license here.
Where: 10108 Bass Road, Lakeside, CA 92040 Phone: 619.390.1623 When: Friday & Saturday – May 22 – September 7, 2015 Time: Friday – 6:00 PM to Midnight. Saturday: 6:00 AM to Midnight > Find out more about Lake Jennings
For a fishing-friendly atmosphere, quality fishing and easy access, I have to go with Santee Lakes in Santee as the top spot to fish for catfish at night. There are seven lakes, and Lakes 6 and 7 are open year-round to night fishing provided you camp there. And it’s a great place to camp. It’s on the edge of suburban Santee, but it’s secluded enough that anglers and campers get a great experience there. Santee’s other lakes, 1 through 4, have special nights during the summer when they’re open to insomniacs. Fishing is permitted from 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM on Lakes 1, 2, 3 and 4. Anglers must have a lantern. It’s shoreline fishing only here, and you don’t need a state fishing license at Santee, only a lake permit.
Dixon Lake in Escondido is my next best bet for night fishing. No fishing license is required here, either, just a lake permit. The lake’s night fishing program starts late July following a stocking of 1,000 pounds of channel catfish. Night fishing will be offered every Thursday and Friday night. Boat rentals start at 5:00 PM and must be back to the dock by 10:45 PM. Shoreline fishing is available until 11:45 PM. Call the ranger station for more details at (760) 839-4680.
Where: 1700 La Honda Dr, Escondido, CA 92027 Phone: 760.839.4680 When: Thursday & Friday Late July through Late August Time: Boats: 5:00 to 10:45 PM. Shoreline until 11:45 PM > Find out more about Lake Dixon
Lake Poway is another catfish option in the summer months. The lake’s night fishing program starts June 19 and will be permitted every Friday-Saturday night through August 15. There are boat rentals and plenty of good shoreline to fish. The lake’s popular Adventure Series Family Campouts includes overnight camping for a family and the family’s choice of a rental boat for night fishing or a guided hike with a ranger around the Lake’s Loop Trail. No fishing license required here, but fishing permits necessary.
Where: 14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064 Phone: 858.668.4772 When: Friday & Saturday – June 19 – August 15, 2015 Time: Boats – 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Shore Fishing: 6:00 AM to 11:30 PM > Find out more Lake Poway
Farther north at the base of Palomar Mountain, Lake Henshaw offers night fishing every Friday and Saturday night until 10:00 PM. It’s a bit of a drive, but chances are you’ll have an area of shoreline to yourself here and all the catfish you can fry.
In terms of gear, you don’t have to get fancy for catfish. Best bet for catfish is to use a medium-action 6- to 7-foot rod with a spinning reel loaded with 8- to 10-pound test line and a sliding sinker to keep the catfish from detecting the weight when it picks up the bait. Best baits include cut mackerel or sardines or anchovies, and the more stink bait you rub on the bait the better. Catfish can detect smelly baits and will gobble them up in a hurry. But be sure to let them run with the bait before setting the hook. Give them time to ingest the bait and then hook them.
One of the great things about catching catfish is eating them later. They taste great in a beer batter.
With nearly 90 courses to choose from, golf in San Diego is a veritable feast for your game – and your senses.
From jaw-dropping elevation changes and stunning sweeping vistas to breath-taking ocean views and brilliant botanical beauty, San Diego courses have all.
The following is an all-too-brief list of some of the most camera-phone worthy holes in San Diego.
1. 3 (South Course) at Torrey Pines (La Jolla)
The view from Hole 3 at Torrey Pines is worth the greens fee alone.
This iconic par 3 on the South Course, site of the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Opens, is San Diego’s most famous golf hole. Golfers worldwide make the pilgrimage just to hit this elevated tee shot and watch their ball soar into the blue horizon of the Pacific Ocean in the backdrop. There’s also the captivating view of La Jolla in the distance. Played mostly from 160 or 149 yards, this isn’t the toughest hole at Torrey by any stretch, but it’s certainly the most memorable – and photogenic. Its sister par 3 is No. 6 on the North, which features a nearly 200-foot drop to the green and plays directly into an ocean breeze. A birdie on either hole is a bonus. A whale sighting is a double bonus.
You’ll feel like Paul Bunyan when teeing off from Journey at Pechanga’s #6.
After playing irons shots at Torrey, it’s time to pull out driver to play this awesomely elevated par 4 at Journey at Pechanga. Trust us when we say you will remember the first time you get a glimpse of this tee shot. You’re basically hitting the ball off the side of the mountain and watching it soar like a dimpled seagull to the dogleg-left fairway below. The backdrop is a vast overview of Temecula that makes it seem like you can see all the way to wine country. And cheers to you if you hit a big one here. You’ll feel like Paul Bunyan.
If this hole doesn’t make you want to play golf, I don’t know what would.
Aviara, which is literally an 18-hole botanical garden, has several worthy candidates, but we have an affinity for No. 14, which is in the most remote part of the course. Like holes No. 3 and 11, 14 is an impeccably landscaped and elevated par 3 played over water. The green here is huge and gives you a second scenic treat when you reach it. To the left is a beautiful waterfall complex that’s home to an array of water birds splashing in the pond and soaring in the skies. A Golf Channel announcer said of No. 14 once, “If this hole doesn’t make you want to play golf, I don’t know what would.” Our sentiments exactly.
Enjoy unobstructed views of the bay from #3. Photo courtesy of www.greenskeeper.com
The setting of the Coronado course – surrounded by San Diego harbor – makes it unique, but the glimpse you get of the Coronado Bay Bridge, a San Diego landmark, on holes 2 and 3 in particular is something special. We’re going with hole No. 3, a par 4, for the list because it gives you the most unobstructed view. As you progress through your round, you’ll also catch glimpses of passing Navy ships, downtown San Diego and the Hotel Del Coronado. Being perfectly flat, it’s an ideal course to walk and take in the evolving scenery around you.
The par-4 7th at Encinitas Ranch isn’t so much about what’s in front of you as what’s behind. Photo courtesy of jcgolf.com
The view at the par-4 7th at Encinitas Ranch isn’t so much about what’s in front of you as what’s behind. Looking back from the tee box, you can see a sweeping view of the two previous holes and a familiar blue hue in the background (the ocean). The scene is a pleasant surprise the first time you play the course and something you forward to when you return. And a bit like No. 14 at Aviara, this hole offers two distinct visual experiences. Your downhill approach is to a green accented by two star pines and a vast view of the valley beyond. When walking off the green, don’t forget your clubs – or to take a picture.
It’s been a busy offseason for the San Diego Padres and everyone is getting excited about the additions of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris, Craig Kimbrel and the humongous new screen in Petco Park!
If you are lucky enough to be here in San Diego this weekend, here’s what’s going on during the 2015 Padres home opener series and also what’s new both inside and outside Petco Park.
Padres Opening Series Against the Giants
Watch the Padres take on the San Francisco Giants at beautiful Petco Park
To kick off the 2015 home season, the San Diego Padres will take on the current World Series Champs, the San Francisco Giants. While the home opener on Thursday has been sold out for some time, there are still tickets available for the remaining three games.
For those lucky enough to score tickets for this weekend’s series, the Padres have some great promotions each for each game:
Thursday, 9 April – Padres Fedora and 2015 Schedule Cling
Friday, 10 April – Party in the Park
Saturday, 11 April – Postgame Laser Show
Sunday, 12 April – KidsFest and Military Opening Day
The new screen out in left field is impossible to miss. At 61-feet tall and 123-feet wide, baseball fans will be able to see the game up close no matter which seat you are in.
Deep Eddy Vodka Hideaway
Are you more into handcraft cocktails and not craft beer? Then the new Deep Eddy Vodka Hideaway in the left-field corner terrace is the place to you! The signature cocktails will be made from Deep Eddy Ruby Red and Deep Eddy Lemon vodkas, both crafted with real California Grapefruits and lemons. If you don’t want to miss much of the game walking to the Hideaway, the cocktails will also be available at all the bars throughout the park.
What’s New Right Outside Petco Park
Before you head into Petco Park, check out these new additions to the East Village Area:
Stella Public House Where: 1429 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 What to Expect: Farm to Table Pizza and Craft Beer
Bottega Americana Where: 1195 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 What to Expect: Everything Italian from a salumeria to wood-fired pizza to fresh seafood.
Half Door Brewing Where: 903 Island Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 What to Expect: A traditional Irish countryside pub with a lineup of in-house craft beer.
Comun Kitchen & Tavern Where: 935 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101 What to Expect: Cocktails, Craft Beer, Great Food, and Good Tunes.
Fairweather Where: 793 J St. San Diego, CA 92101 What to Expect: A rooftop oasis featuring drinks from sunny places.