The Takeaway: Grade B-
Designer: Willie Watson in 1925
Cost: $52.00 - $175.00 (additional $16.00 for a cart) Click for current rates
Phone Number: (415) 664-4690
Course Website: Official Website - Visit TPC Harding Park's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Accolades: Host of the 2009 President's Cup. Ranked 14th in California on Golf Magazine's 2012 Best Public Courses list.
What to Expect: Sitting at the tip of the Bay Area's revered links triangle, Harding Park rests just north of The Olympic Club and San Francisco Golf Club above Lake Merced. Any discussion about public golf in San Francisco quickly focuses on Harding Park's historic layout that is now part of the TPC network. The course features towering Monterey Cypress trees that frame the fairways while providing some shade with their canopy-like tops. The routing features gentle undulations throughout which deliver a nice variety to the holes while maintaining an excellent walkability level. The finishing stretch of holes, 14-18, plays along Lake Merced and offers some impressive views beyond the tree line. All in all, Harding Park is a must play for anyone looking for a championship experience at a public facility. As a side note, the routing for the 2009 Presidents Cup is different from what is played on a day to day basis. Also, the executive Fleming course is found inside the routing and offers a more casual golfing experience.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 18th Hole – 440 Yard Par 4
Best Par 3: 3rd Hole – 165 Yards
Best Par 4: 15th Hole – 405 Yards
Best Par 5: 10th Hole – 550 Yards
Birdie Time: 12th Hole – 480 Yard Par 5
Bogey Beware: 14th Hole – 440 Yard Par 4