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I'm not a golfer, but peeking through the fences during construction, the course looks absolutely lovely.


And remember that in that corner of the park, the tulips at the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden are preening and primping backstage in preparation for their annual not-to-be-missed, jubilant, performance


By Eric Tanaka

Published on February 17, 2024 - Hoodline


San Francisco's golf aficionados can now step back onto the green at Golden Gate Park's revamped Golf Course and Clubhouse, which had its grand opening yesterday. The golf course is swinging back into action after a $5.9 million renovation, funded by the city's Rec and Park Open Space Fund, General Fund, and 2020 Health and Recovery Bond. The fire-damaged clubhouse is now replaced with a 1,500-square-foot facility boasting a multifunctional lounge, state-of-the-art restrooms, and a new golf pro shop. The modern design aims to cater to all community members, including seniors and youth, with improved food and beverage offerings and an outdoor patio, giving a picturesque view of the course.


According to a statement obtained by the San Francisco government news release, Mayor London N. Breed is tooting the horn of the city's investment in such projects, claiming this effort "uplifts our neighborhoods and ensures our diverse communities have access to enjoy and learn sports and activities they wouldn't otherwise be exposed to." The course's redesign is expected to not just serve as a recreational facility but also as an educational one, with accessibility features including ADA pathways and accessible parking spaces. Meanwhile, Golf Magazine has tagged the course as "among the finest par-3 courses in the country," which speaks to the quality players can expect.


Enhancements aren’t limited to the clubhouse. First Tee, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching youth through golf, has also paid for landscaping upgrades that improve the natural turf and minimize course maintenance. First Tee – San Francisco's Executive Director Dan Burke told a San Francisco government news release, “Investing significant funds to upgrade the facilities for the benefit of our participants and the San Francisco community is a win-win for many today and for generations to come." This organization has been driving the sport into the lives of underserved children for over a decade at this location, and the upgrade is poised to enhance their efforts further.


San Francisco Public Works, which lent its expertise in architectural, landscape architectural, and engineering design services, played no small part in overseeing the project to completion. Public Works Director Carla Short said the project team "hit a hole in one with the new clubhouse," a testament to the design incorporating smart green-building practices.


San Francisco Unveils Renovated Golden Gate Park Golf Course and Clubhouse After $5.9M Makeover


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