Playing Golf in San Francisco

Lincoln Park Golf Club

34th Ave & Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

The Lincoln Park Golf Club has been an established club for 95 years with memberships open year-round to the general public. This website is dedicated to Lincoln Park’s members and acts as a resource for tournament information, directions, a history of the course, and provides an online version of the monthly “Putter Patter” newsletter. The “Putter Patter” recaps the club’s weekend golf events and provides a current update of the club’s year-long race to finish in the Top 12 of the Regatta Points.

At the turn of the 20th century there were no municipal golf courses in San Francisco or, for that matter, in any of the surrounding communities. However by 1902 golf was fast gaining popularity, and many private golf and country clubs were starting. The general public, who did not have access or were unable to afford the country club setting for golfing recreation, began to press the City to set aside some public land to be groomed as a public golf course.

In 1902 the parcel of land now referred to as Lincoln Park was a cemetery, which was named Potter’s Field. Like many cemeteries of that era, it was ethnically divided into various sections. What is presently the eighteenth fairway of the golf course was a burial ground, primarily for the city’s Italian community. The area that now constitutes the first and thirteenth fairway was the Chinese section of the cemetery and the high terrain at the fifteen fairway and thirteenth tee was a Serbian resting place.
At the beginning of 1902 two men, Jack Neville and Vincent Whitney, approached John McLaren, San Francisco’s steward of public parks in the early century, about the prospect of constructing a municipal golf course. Jack Neville at the time was a member of the recently formed Claremont Country Club in Oakland and was considered one of the finest amateur golfers in the country in the early part of the century. Vincent Whitney was a member of the Olympic Club and owned the Whitney Building, which stood for years on lower Geary Street. Both of these men were wealthy members of private clubs but were very instrumental in starting San Francisco’s first municipal golf course.

Lincoln Park existed as the only municipal golf course in San Francisco for a period of twenty three years. During this period of time the course underwent no less than six remodels. Under the auspices of John McLaren, himself an immigrant from Scotland, the work to improve Lincoln Park into a stern and interesting test of golf came at the hands of Herbert Fleishacker. The original Lincoln Park clubhouse was completed in 1922 and Mayor Rolph attended the dedication ceremony, praising both McLaren and Fleishacker for their efforts on behalf of public recreation. During the 1920s, the cost to play at Lincoln Park was $ 2.00 p/month. In 1923 Lincoln Park was chosen as the site for the Legion of Honor Museum, an art museum, philanthropically financed by the Spreckles family. It was built to honor the American solders who lost their lives in the Great War, World War I. The construction of the Legion of Honor did however result in further remodeling to the course.
By the 1920s golf was fast becoming a popular game. The number players desiring to play exceeded capacity during daylight hours and another city golf course to the south was on the drawing board. The numerous renovations have added an interesting element to a course, that was once a burial ground and is presently the surrounding home of a beautiful art museum. Lincoln Park Golf Course, at Lands End in San Francisco with its majestic views of the Golden Gate and the Pacific Ocean that rival any of the Monterrey golf courses, has always been an beautiful public asset to be treasured.


Presidio Golf

300 Finley Road at Arguello Gate, San Francisco 94129

The Presidio Golf Course opened for public play in 1996 as a part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act. Originally (in 1895), the private Presidio Golf Club operated the golf course for the military for the 100+ years that the Sixth Army Division was based here on the Presidio Military Reservation. Today the public Presidio Golf Course manages the day to day operations of the golf course and its café while the private Presidio Golf Club still thrives and features golf and social memberships that rival any within the San Francisco area.

The prestigious Presidio golf course opened for public play in 1995 and has quickly gained a reputation as one of the nation’s top public courses.  Located just minutes from downtown San Francisco, this 18-hole course plays 6,500 yards of challenging golf winding through beautiful Eucalyptus and Monterey Pine trees in The City’s trademark hills.

Course Layout

Designed with tight fairways and strategically placed bunkers, this 18-hole “hilly” golf course offers a unique challenge for golfers of all abilities.  Orginally designed by Robert Wood Johnstone, the course was expanded in 1910 by Johnstone in collaboration with Wiliam McEwan and redesigned and lengthened in by the British firm of Fowler & Simpson in 1921.

Presidio Clubhouse

Unique and beautifully appointed, the Clubhouse is tucked into the oldest part of the Presidio Forest and offers a warm and pleasent atmosphere for daily lunch, weekend brunch, private banquets, and receptions.

One Response to Playing Golf in San Francisco

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