SF Public Golf Courses In The News

2011

March 3: Golfers Respond to Sharp Park Lawsuit, Call it “Not Well Founded” | Pacifica Patch

2010

December 11: Sharp Park faces ecological legal action

November 1: Historic Harding Park Golf Course joins TPC network

2009

October 8th: Harding Park, the prodigal golf course

October 7th: Harding Park’s finances show SF’s struggles

October 4th: Harding Park history–to oblivion and back

September 15th: The case for keeping Sharp Park

September 9th: Opinion: Take a mulligan at Sharp Park

September 3rd: Let golfers play through on Sharp Park course

August 31st: Fight continues over fate of Sharp Park golf course

August 31st: Sharp Park Golf Course: scientists, politicians, and golfers duke it out

August 20th: Future of Sharp Park golf course remains uncertain

August 19th: Scientists support restoration of Sharp Park

August 4th: No plan yet for Sharp Park

August 2nd: Rec and Park misses species study deadline for Sharp Park

July 9th: Debate over fate of Pacifica golf course resumes online

June 18th: SF’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Committee tours Sharp Park Golf Course

June 17th: Pros need green for greens

June 2nd: Rec and Park may start asking golfers to chip in

May 14th: Advocates working to save Sharp Park golf course

May 7th: Golfers and snakes coexisting

May 6th: Legislation that may close Sharp Park approved

May 6th: Pacifica’s Sharp Park one step closer to becoming wild

May 5th: Environmentalists and golfers square off over the future of Sharp Park

May 4th: SF Supes support Sharp Park wildlife habitat

May 1st: Letter: Contrary to claims, Sharp Park is economically viable

May 1st: Sharp debate over Sharp Park golf course

April 30th: Sharp Park golf course decision up to board

April 29th: Sharp Park might be returned to wetlands

April 28th: Letter: Consider restoring Sharp Park

April 23rd: Debate on Sharp Park Golf Course continues

April 16th: SF Supervisors discuss Sharp Park future

April 8th: Habitat proposal endangers links at Sharp Park

March 26th: Local snake to inherit Sharp Park golf course

March 23rd: Will Sharp Park Golf Course become a nature preserve?

March 18th: Change ahead at Sharp Park?

March 17th: Sharp Park golf course on the chopping block?

March 9th: Harding Park reportedly far from ready to host President’s cup

January 28: Golf under attack in San Francisco

January 8: Deal in works to bring recycled water to Harding Park golf course

2008

December 22nd: Golf courses make money in San Francisco

December 8: Golf tour putting Rec and Park in the hole

October 30: What I learned from the golf task force

October 29: Soccer players want golf courses converted to playing fields

October 28: Isn’t recreation supposed to be relaxing?

October 9: SF Golf Course Advisory Committee hears results of study; Sharp Park Golf Course’ future undecided

September 24: Rare frog, snake at center of golf dispute

September 16: Golf Task Force Meeting September 29th (click here for article and scroll down to middle of page)

August 29: Private management of SF golf courses urged

August 15: S.F. golf courses in the hole, losing money, players

August 6: Golf courses try to play through drought

May 6: S.F. explores privatizing golf courses

April 8: San Francisco, Pacifica officials tour Sharp Park Golf Course in fact-finding mission

February 21: More Americans Giving Up Golf

2007

August 22: Save the golf courses: Improved public recreation cannot come by tearing down one sport to benefit another, by Lee Silverstein, Terese Cronin, and Tom Weathered

August 14: Radio Interview with Isabel Wade on Quake Radio (960)

August 14: SF Golfing Leader Says Players Plan to Tee Off Against Board of Supervisors

July 26: Two Ways to Fix Problems in SF’s Beleaguered Parks: Find more money
The city’s 6 golf courses lose $1.4 million a year, funds that could be saved by having private firms run them

July 25: Future of Sharp Park Golf Course stirs up lively discussion at Pacifica-Coastside Democrats’ meeting

July 19: Golf Industry Struggles with Overabundance of Courses

July 16: Improve the Best, Plan For the Rest
RPD General Manager Yomi Agunbiade and Chuck Collins, President and CEO of YMCA of San Francisco, urge the Board of Supervisors to lease a number of public courses to private management companies and also to fund a study to determine the best use of golf land in the future.

June 23: The Old Man and the Tee
A profile of Sandy Tatum, the golf advocate behind the current privatization proposal for the city’s public golf courses.

June 22: The City Needs a Golf Lesson
Chronicle editors urge city officials to thoroughly investigate all options for alternate uses of golf courses before signing over management to private interests.

May 21: letter to the Chronicle editor by NPC Executive Director Isabel Wade, Jill Lounsbury and Sally Stephens.

April 16: letter to the Examiner from NPC Executive Director Isabel Wade discussing the problem with RPD’s recent action to lower golf fees for Pacifica Residents at Sharp Park, while raising fees for San Francisco residents.

On April 26 ,2007, the Board of Supervisors heard several options for managing the city’s public golf courses, in a presentation by the RPD Planning Division. Read two articles below:
City Golf Course Debate — Supes Face Few Options: San Francisco Chronicle, April 26th
City Seeks Turnaround of Troubled Golf Courses: San Francisco Examiner, April 26th

Read an article from the United States Golf Association website about the downturn in the golf industry.