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4.3
362 Reviews (362)
5 Stars
176
4 Stars
112
3 Stars
40
2 Stars
21
1 Stars
13
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.7
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.9
83.3%
Recommend this course
302 out of 362 reviews
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3.8
29 Reviews (29)
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.4
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.2
65.5%
Recommend this course
19 out of 29 reviews
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4.1
46 Reviews (46)
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.6
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
78.3%
Recommend this course
36 out of 46 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

4.3
362 Reviews (362)

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 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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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 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
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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
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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
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 32
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Played Harding Park on the 4th of July, 12pm tee time. 3rd time playing this course and the conditions were the worst this time out of the 3 times I’ve played here. The tee boxes were very good but the fairways had some bizarre bare spots, not many but enough to be noticeable for sure, and the greens looked good but were almost “sticky” which obviously made them slower. The winds were not bad at all for Harding Park, picked to maybe 10mph at most. The layout is nice with the front nine going back and forth in the middle and the back nine going around the entire property. The fairways look wide but there is A LOT of rough on the sides and the actual fairways are narrow and hard to hit. Played from the Blue tees and I like to cut the ball which was difficult on some tee boxes with tree overhanging. The driving range is a little small (only 220 to the net) and not very wide, it’s also only mats, no real grass, the putting and chipping area is nice though. Overall I would recommend this course if you can get a deal on the price, the regular price seems a little steep to me, especially in the conditions right now.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pace of play was horrendous. No marshaling. Groups in front hitting multiple tee shots and spending 10 minutes on the greens. The fairways were cracked and patchy. Unacceptable for such a high price

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Surprised... to say the least

I reside in Chicago and during my time in San Francisco for work, I wanted to check out TPC Harding Park. Would have LOVED to take a right turn at Olympic Club on way to TPC Harding. Nonetheless... was very surprised to see the conditions the way they were, especially with hosting the PGA Championship in 2020. Pace of play was great, which was nice. Greens were running at an 8 or 9, which were brutal.... Fairways seemed to have disease and bunkers had grass growing in them. Very disappointed playing TPC Harding Park and expected A LOT more, especially for the money. I am a non-resident, so I wasn't surprised with the fee they charge. Other thing that was a shocker was them telling to not leave any valuables in your car because of theft. Not used to hearing that when you pull to a golf course paying $150+. But hey.. it is the Bay Area. Scenery was beautiful and I'd suggest playing once, and only once, just for the name recognition.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Not up to par

The worst conditions Ive seen it in. Grass growing in bunkers, slow and bumpy greens, spotty dry patches in fairways. I was lucky to have gotten a really good hot deal if not it would have been a total disappointment.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Need restroom on course, need free driving range

Definately need portable restroom in field. On tge green many wild grass, so bit bumpy for ball… for the price out state visitors need a free ball for driving range… the quality it self for the ball not good in deiving race for the price

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Horribly maintained

This course is in terrible condition and a complete waste of money!! As a Bay Area resident we paid $121 to walk - what a complete waste of money - the greens are in terrible shape - as if a cow has chewed grass from them - patches all over and slow as a snail - the fairways have brown patches and holes all over…. My third time playing here. And will probably be my last!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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