Golf Guide

Where to hit the green around the Bay Area.

Where San Francisco - - Contents - BY CHELSEA IVERSEN

Sight­see­ing is a must for any trip to San Fran­cisco. But what if you could see the sights while work­ing on your golf game? The world class golf cour­ses in San Fran­cisco and be­yond lay claim to views of the Pa­cific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, vast lakes and forests, vine­yards and even the bot­tom of a pint glass. Here, chal­leng­ing greens and un­par­al­leled views are lit­er­ally par for the course. Book a tee time to see a dif­fer­ent (greener) side of the city.


In the south­west cor­ner of San Fran­cisco, less than a mile from the Pa­cific Ocean, TPC Harding Park has views of serene Lake Merced, a prac­tice area for putting and chip­ping and on­site golf in­struc­tors. Harding Park has hosted a num­ber of pres­ti­gious tour­na­ments through­out its his­tory, and it will be the site of the PGA Cham­pi­onship in 2020.

Greens fees: $157 week­day, $177 week­end, $87$102 twi­light. 99 Harding Rd., 415.664.4690,­ing­park


De­signed by World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Nor­man in 1998, this course is only 50 min­utes east of San Fran­cisco. Wente is a world- class course that’s in­cluded on the PGA Tour’s Na­tion­wide Tour, and each of the 18 holes winds around Wente’s own vine­yards, which pro­duce outstanding wines.

Greens fees: $95 week­day, $125 week­end, $59-$69 twi­light. 5040 Ar­royo Rd., Liver­more, 925.456.2475, wen­tevine­


The bluff-top vis­tas from the fi­nal few holes of Half Moon Bay Golf Links’ Ocean Course ri­val

those of the Mon­terey Penin­sula. Whether you play that or the more pro­tected Old Course, be sure to fin­ish your day with a re­laxed sun­set cock­tail set to the fit­tingly tra­di­tional sounds of a bag­pipe.

Greens fees: $200 week­day, $250 week­end, $90 twi­light. 2 Mi­ra­montes Point Rd., Half Moon Bay, 650.726.1800, half­moon­bay­


Pre­sidio Golf Course is a Na­tional His­toric Land­mark and a leader in en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tices (the course uses roughly 75 per­cent less pes­ti­cides than pri­vate cour­ses in the city). It has been a part of the San Fran­cisco land­scape since it was built in 1895, mak­ing it one of the old­est cour­ses on the West Coast.

Greens fees: $110-$125 week­day, $130- $145 week­end, $49- $105 twi­light. 300 Fin­ley Rd., 415.561.4653, pre­sid­io­


Just an hour north of San Fran­cisco, Bodega Har­bour hugs the coast­line for an eye full of green and blue that will leave you in awe at nearly every hole. All lev­els of play can work on their game here, where the course is as chal­leng­ing as it is scenic. Built in 1978, it’s a Bay Area golfer’s dream.

Greens fees: $45 week­day, $55- $65 week­end, $35-$55 twi­light. 21301 Heron Dr., Bodega Bay, 707.875.3538, bode­ga­har­bour­


The 17th hole is the most mem­o­rable here, where the Golden Gate Bridge looks like it can be reached from the tee box. (It can’t!) This course is lo­cated in the north­west­ern cor­ner of San Fran­cisco, where the sea meets the bay, which means the weather here is vari­able. But the value and the views make it worth it.

Greens fees: $40 week­day, $44 week­end, $24-$30 twi­light (sea­sonal). 300 34th Ave., 415.221.9911, lin­col­npark­golf­


Who would have guessed that a friendly nine­hole, par 3 golf course would be part of the 1,017 acres of San Fran­cisco’s prized park? Only a few blocks from Ocean Beach, this course is per­fect for a week­end out­ing or for work­ing on your short game be­fore head­ing to nearby Beach Chalet for a well de­served beer.

Greens fees: $18 week­day, $22 week­end. 970 47th Ave., 415.751.8987, gold­en­gatepark­

The Course at Wente Vine­yards

Half Moon Bay Golf Links

TPC Harding Park

The Course at Wente Vine­yards

Pre­sidio Golf Course

TPC Harding Park

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