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4.4
285 Reviews (285)
5 Stars
131
4 Stars
96
3 Stars
30
2 Stars
16
1 Stars
12
Conditions
4.2
Value
3.8
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.8
88.3%
Recommend this course
238 out of 285 reviews
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4.5
32 Reviews (32)
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.5
93.8%
Recommend this course
30 out of 32 reviews
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4.5
61 Reviews (61)
5 Stars
42
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.5
91.8%
Recommend this course
56 out of 61 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7169 yards
Slope 129
Rating 74.3

TPC Harding Park ranks among the most famous municipal courses in the country, along with Torrey Pines South and Bethpage Black. TPC Harding Park, which is part of the San Franciso Recreation and Parks Department, hugs the shores of Lake Merced in close proximity to the Lake Merced Golf Club, The Olympic Club and San Francisco Golf Club. Dating to 1925, it has a long history of tournament golf among its stately Monterey Cypress trees. Byron Nelson won back-to-back San Francisco Opens in 1944-45. The PGA Tour's Lucky International in the 1960s attracted winners such as Gary Player (1961), Gene Littler (1962), Jackie Burke Jr. (1963), Ken Venturi (1966) and Billy Casper (1968).

After falling on hard times, the course received a $16-million renovation in 2002-03 that brought it back into the tournament fold, hosting the 2005 World Golf Championship-American Express Championship, the 2015 WGC-Match Play Championship, The Presidents Cup in 2009, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship from 2010-12 and the 2020 PGA Championship, its first major.

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Course Details

Year Built 1925
Golf Season Year round
Architect Willie Watson (1925) Sam Whiting (1925) Chris Gray (2003) Jack Fleming (1934)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $25
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Ginella's Top 50 U.S. Courses You Can Play (2016 #25) (2015 #25)

Reviews

4.4
285 Reviews (285)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 11
Patio Dining 11
19th Hole Scenic Views 10
Course Challenges Include:
Thick Rough 22
Bunkers 18
Plays Long 14
This course/club is great for:
Walkers 24
Locals 21
Advanced Golfers 20
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 32
Worth the Drive 13
Near the Airport 10

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Reviews 32
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Aeration season is in full swing

The greens were aerated maybe a week ago which bumped my Conditions rating down. The fairways are still fairly narrow long after the PGA Championship has gone. The rough is not long but lush enough to still cause control problems. The patio is finally open for dining and the new (synthetic mat) range is open.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Plugged

Do yourself a favor and don’t play this course until May. The SUPERPLUGGED the greens and, while the green fees are reduced it is unputtable.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 514
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked

Always a treat at TPC Harding Park

My fourth time was the charm at TPC Harding Park.
I still got my butt kicked score-wise, but the experience was absolutely perfect. It was the ideal San Francisco day. My foursome enjoyed some sun in the afternoon until things got progressively colder, windier and tougher to play. The sunset and playing 18 in the semi-dark made the walk worth it.
The rough was demanding but fair. The greens were a tad slow but again fair. The new driving range opened in February as a nice upgrade post-2020 PGA Championship.
The event has raised the profile of the whole facility. There's now a handful of must-do selfie spots - the statues out front, the PGA Championship murals in the clubhouse entry way, the lakeside 16th tee where Collin Morikawa drove the green for eagle and the scenic 18th green above Lake Merced.
Insider tip: Play the Fleming Course, too. You won't be disappointed.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Hole in One!

I have the privilege of being an SF residence card member, and play TPC Harding about once a month and really enjoy it every time out. I shot my first ace on 17 last time and created a lasting golf memory.

Pros:
-The course is well maintained
-The rough is thick and penalized bad shots, but plays fair
-Extremely walkable
-Doesn’t feel like you’re in the city at all
-Greens are fun and

Cons:
-Pace of play can be slow
-The weekend rates for non residents is very high

Tips:
-Midweek twilight rates are hard to beat, also tends to be a chiller crowd
-Walk the course with a pull cart, it’s faster than a motorized cart.
-Flemming 9 is a hidden gem and worth the price

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing

Best course I’ve ever played and I’ve played some good ones! LUXURY.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

I love Harding Park!

This is a fun and challenging course! They had us tee off on the back nine (not sure why and it didn't matter to me) at 2 on a Thursday. We finished shortly before 6:30 - most likely the last group on the course.

The weather was sunny but cool - a feeling that is unique to the SF Bay area, and especially in San Francisco!

The course has some hills, but is easy to walk. The greens were in great shape!

The holes offer a wide variety of challenges - doglegs, short and long par 3s, and plenty of sand.

When you play Harding you feel like you are taking a walk in San Francisco with all of the greatest who have played here!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 119
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A Bucket List

If you get a chance and are in the area play this course, you won’t be disappointed. Also bring your camera. I have to say the only thing that is negative is the price, but still worth it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Plays Once a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Stay off the rough

Awesome course. Tight fairways. Not so fast greens. But stay away from the long grass. Highly recommended.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always enjoy playing here

One of my favorite course in SF. Tee box to green is well maintained. The roughs are tough but fair. Fairways immaculate. The greens were on the slower side today however consistent. Look forward to the next game.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in very good winter shape. Bunkers a little thin. Rough wasn’t super long but no bargain. Fairways were pinched in like the pga tournament. Greens were medium fast and true. Only allowing twosomes out so pace was 4 hrs. Highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 119
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played

A Must Play

Beautiful course. Can’t say anything bad about this place. This is the second time I have played it, both times I got a hot deal. This is the only way I will play it as it is very expensive for non- resident.

Make sure to bring a camera, you have to t as ke a few pictures.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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