The Torrey Pines South course (torreypines.com)—all 7,607 yards of it—joins Bethpage Black as the only munis tough enough to host a U.S. Open. If you have an in, also play the exclusive Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, host of the silly-season Battle at the Bridges and situated in a Tuscan-style community that boasts one of the nation’s wealthiest zip codes. There are no Medicis on hand, but a princely guy named Mickelson calls the place home.
What better place to put your swing thoughts to rest than the Lodge at Torrey Pines (lodgetorreypines.com)?Your room may yield a view of the eighteenth green on the South, and you’ll stand a better chance of scoring a treasured tee time. Downtown, the W San Diego (starwoodhotels.com) attracts the young and the hip, and it’s a brief walk from the bustling Gaslamp Quarter.
Beating out the steak- house chains, Donovan’s (donovanssteakhouse.com) in well-heeled La Jolla offers a mahogany-laden men’s-club ambience that goes down well with marbled meat and martinis. You can pull up solo at the bar and have your way with a steer. For fabulous down-home Mexican fare, head to Super Cocina (619-584-6244).