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4.2
377 Reviews (377)
5 Stars
185
4 Stars
115
3 Stars
41
2 Stars
22
1 Stars
14
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.7
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.9
83.5%
Recommend this course
315 out of 377 reviews
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3.9
36 Reviews (36)
5 Stars
17
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.6
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
75.0%
Recommend this course
27 out of 36 reviews
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4.1
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
31
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.7
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
78.9%
Recommend this course
45 out of 57 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

4.2
377 Reviews (377)

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 5
2.0
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Previously Played

Hp park

It's need a lot of work to make this a TPC course.
It's a public course with a big name.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Keep it in the fairway or else

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Fantastic w GolfNow

Paid $86pp. The hot deal usually pops out 15 min after midnight 7-8 days before and they go real quick. They trimmed the thought down a bit so i had a less terrible shot. Bunkers are packed underneath w loose sand on top. It should be easier to hit out for some since it’s not overly fluffy. It’s challenging and you could still lose your ball easily in the rough. Glad I had 3 ppl helping to look. Cad path only rule was in effect which did not help but our group is super fast. We finished the round in 4 hour 10 mins. Could have been quicker if the group in the front moves faster. Will come back to play again when we visit!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice conditions except for the greens were aerated and were very bumpy and slow. No warning when tee time was made. We got stuck behind a 4 some for about 13 holes. The group was holding up a few groups behind. Marshall should have asked them to speed up or let groups pass.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First time. Big fan.

This was my first time on the course, got to check this off my bucket list, I’ve been wanting to play it since I watched the PGA on TV. Really great layout, great conditions overall. Friendly staff and great halfway house with all the snacks you could want. Try the breakfast burrito, it was huge and delicious.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course needs work.

For a TPC course it's not up to standards. Over priced for this TPC course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 49
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

In need of some TLC

Going to Harding Park to play the TPC is always a thrill. The fact that is has hosted some major tournaments now and has such a wonderful golf history makes it a special day. The course right now is in disrepair. The sand traps are hard pack, barely any sand in them and there is now grass growing in some of the fairway bunkers. The greens are a mess now and they have now ariated and sanded them. That's the first step to getting them back in shape. The rough is so thick that it looks like it hasn't been groomed or attended to in quite some time - easily 5-6" of gnarly stuff making it very tough to recover. US Open Level for sure! The fairways are ok and they are reshaping/reworking green side bunkers on 10 and 14. Look, the bones are all there to bring this track right back to were it was when Colin won there a few years ago. It just needs a BIG dose of TLC - PLEASE!! They did lower rates to 1/2 price @$75 weekdays on Golf Now, but right now, I think that's even a little too much.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Harding

Everything was great. The only criticism is that they should let you drive the cart on the fairway. If you are going to play here, rent the push cart instead.

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

Great course

The only thing that bugs me is that there is no reason to rent a cart because it’s cart path only and it is more walking doing that then just bringing push cart. It’s always that way so just know that when playing Harding Park. Beautiful though best public course in Northern California

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course but far from a typical PGA course

I live close to Harding but don’t play the course much. The Bay Area is blessed with many golf courses to choose from. While Harding is nice, the course isn’t very challenging and the conditions of the greens was appalling as were some bunkers. The fairways were nearly manicured while the rough was penalizing.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
3.0

Overplayed and okay layout

For how much you have to pay, the condition is just okay.

Greens are super slow with a lot of ball marks. Patchy fairways here and there. No sand in bunkers. Classic overplayed Muni where they somehow hosted a major tournament. Don’t even compare this to Torrey Pines or any other TPC courses. There are 4 holes in the front 9 that look identical without much inspiration.

I play here regularly with the resident rate and would never play here for a dime more than $90 (or for a advance booking fee) For those of you who pay $130-200, you will be seriously disappointed. There are way better courses with better value around the area - half moon bay, presidio, wente - just to name a few.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Low Expectations

I originally had high expectations coming to play this course on a last minute decision.I have previous experience in the golf industry in the Monterey Bay Area as pro shop staff.The staff at this course facility were awesome.The clubhouse facility was quoted dated unfortunately.The golf course was my major gripe.The greens were the slowest type I had ever played.The rough was torrential to say the least.Too much time spent looking for any players ball.Too much time spent putting on slow greens.The course layout is great..the format of the course turf conditions was not to my liking. which seemed to be suited to high volume play expectancy..For such a storied course my expectations were definitely not met and I am hopeful to a return of upstanding for this great course layout and it’s facilities.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Stay out of the rough

Great course, slow greens, but amazing layout. Rough is tall and very punishing if you miss.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

An overrated golf course

As a non resident you pay at least 3 times the resident fees. This the way that the municipaly welcome visitors Being a TPC you expect that the golf course will be top shape. All greens where at different speed with spot of different grass. Fairway where with brunch of dry cut grass everywhere with spot of no grass ans also with different type of grass in the fairway.
At 180$ it is much payfor this quality of play. It is the same situation with Torrey Pines 45$ vs 265$. Never again I will pay non resident fees with this huge difference.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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