Sharp Park Golf Course, is a Public, 18 hole golf course. Of all the public golf courses in San Francisco, Sharp Park arguably has the most distinguished pedigree and the deepest historical roots. The course is located just 10 miles south of San Francisco alongside Salada Beach in Pacifica (San Mateo County), California.
Sharp Park Golf Course first opened for play in April 1932. The course was designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie. Mackenzie, a Golf Hall of Fame architect, also designed Augusta National (home of the Masters Championship), Cypress Point (often ranked as the finest course in the world), as well as scores of other famed courses around the world.
Although a few of MacKenzie’s original holes were abandoned by the City in 1941, the layout today remains largely intact.
Blue tees: par-72, 6,494 yards, course rating 71.2, Slope rating 119.
White tees: par-72, 6,239 yards, course rating 70.0, Slope rating 116.
Red tees: par-72, 5,793 yards, course rating 72.9, Slope rating 120.
The land occupied by the golf course has an interesting history. It was once owned by George Sharp. Mr. Sharp arrived in San Francisco in 1849 having sailed from New York and around South America at age 22. Mr. Sharp became a prosperous lawyer. In October 1882, George Sharp dropped dead in court. Mr. Sharp's wife, Honora, lived until February 8, 1905, at which time her handwritten will directed that most of her property be turned over to her attorney, Reuben Lloyd, and to Adolph Spreckels. Both were millionaires. Both were San Francisco Park Commissioners.
Some of Honora Sharp's cousins contested the will and shortly thereafter, some of the San Francisco properties belonging to the estate were destroyed by fire in the great earthquake of 1906. In those pre-WW1 years, the 410-acre ranch on the remote San Mateo County Coast was valued at about $8,000. In 1916, for $10 in gold, Adolph Spreckels turned over his share of the estate to the city of San Francisco and the county. At this time John McLaren, of Golden Gate Park, began planting trees on the property. Eventually, Reuben Lloyd died and his share of the estate went to the executor, Samuel Murphey. Mr. Murphey turned over his share in the summer of 1917.
The Property, now known as Sharp Park, was stipulated to be used for park and recreational purposes only. If this agreement is ever breached, then the property will revert to the State of California, and if the state breaches the agreement, then it reverts to Mr. Murphey's heirs.
$41 (cart not included), played on Monday, July 2014 at 8am
I have played Sharp Park many times before I moved out of the area. I like the layout, but maintenance has always been an issue. If I am paying premium price I expect the tee boxes to be more than sand pits (e.g. hole #6) or, as with many other tee boxes, the ground soft enough to put a tee into. The greens were full of blotches and different types of grass/weeds. The layout is fun to play, but it's not worth the price.
$31 (cart included), played on Saturday, May 2012 at noon
It's in the best condition it's been in the 40 some odd years I've been playing there. It's also under attack by so-called environmentalists who want to close the course and turn it into a dog run. And they are extremely well funded. For more info, Google "SF Golf Alliance" and navigate to Sharp Park.
$56 (cart included), played on Sunday, December 2011 at 6am
Well whoever they hired to take care of the greens should get a raise! I've been playing here for years and the greens are as good as I've ever seen them. Not the toughest track but has all the shots and is interesting. Has a real old school clubhouse and reasonably priced drinks. Try the restaurant too, food is better than decent and reasonable priced as well. Let's hope San Francisco (who owns the course) doesn't get stupid and shut it down. It would be a shame to see the retired folks who play here have to spend a bundle elsewhere. Best value for golf in the bayarea.
$21 (cart not included), played on Wednesday, June 2011 at 4pm
I agree with the other comments. If you are a fan of golf history and historical tracts, you will enjoy this. Played on a mild, sunny day and thought it was beautiful. Some really interesting holes. Definitely not your average muni. Although the greens were very slow, they were not beat up or unfair. The rough here is called that for reason. If you don't hit it straight, you will lose a ball or 2. Put this course in decent shape and you would have to pay $150. or more. Look at what course renovation did for Mackenzie's Pasatiempo. It is no accident that 2 of the most revered courses in the world, Augusta & Cypress Point, were his.
$36 (cart not included), played on Saturday, January 2011 at 6am
Great classic layout designed by Allister MacKenzie. If only San Francisco Park and Rec would put some money into the course it could be a real gem. I would pay a bit more if the greens were in better shape. The crew does the best they can with the help of some loyal Club members.
(cart included), played on Sunday, January 2010 at 6am
They need to fix the greens. If the greens showed even a 505 improvement this course would be an excellent choice to play weekly.
$31 (cart included), played on Saturday, August 2009 at 6am
$21 (cart not included), played on Sunday, January 2009 at 8am
It is easy to see what Alistair MacKenzie saw when he first layed out the original course. Severe weather and road construction have altered the original but this is a wonderful golf course. It is criminal what the San Francisco Park District has done to neglect every other property besides Harding Park. Shame, shame, shame.
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