Pro golfer Phil Mickelson discusses ideas for Torrey Pines North golf course renovations

Project expected to cost $7 million

SAN DIEGO - Professional golfer Phil Mickelson on Tuesday discussed his ideas for the renovation of the Torrey Pines North golf course.

Mickelson is used to pressure on the green, but when it comes to redesigning an iconic golf course in his hometown, he says it is an entirely different type of pressure.

"I do feel pressure because I love this place," Mickelson told 10News.

Mickelson's career started on the very course he now plans to redesign.

"I grew up here," he said. "I came out here with my dad and stayed in the parking lot at 3:30, 4 in the morning for the right to play here."

The city of San Diego picked Mickelson's firm for the task. It would include new greens, bunkers, cart paths and landscapes with one philosophy.

"We believe that golf should be fun and playable for the average player," said Mickelson.

But with a $7 million price tag – and not to mention lost revenue during construction – will the average person be able to afford a round of golf?

It is too early to tell. Right now, a round can cost close to $200. Mickelson hopes to bring that price down by building a more economical course.

"I love this place," he said. "It brings out a lot of emotion in me and I know what it can be. I know what it will be. And I know that this is going to be something that we're all going to be proud of."

As for the next step of the process, an artist's rendition of the first three holes will be created. It should be available sometime in January.

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