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Gleneagles International Golf Course. Expect to use every club in your bag to tackle the fast, sloping greens and unpredictable winds at this challenging 9-hole, par-36 course that, truth be told, is a little worse for wear. McLaren Park, 2100 Sunnydale Ave., off Persia Ave., Excelsior/Visitacion Valley, San Francisco, CA, 94134. 415/587–2425. www.gleneaglesgolfsf.com. Course: 9 holes. 5860 yards. Par 36. Slope 113. Greens fees: $25/$34.50 (for 18 holes of play). Facilities: Putting green, golf carts, bar.
Golden Gate Park Golf Course. The lovely 9-hole, par-27 course in Golden Gate Park, just above Ocean Beach, is a beginner's paradise, but more-seasoned players might be put off by the lax play and wayward balls. Play is first-come, first-served only. 970 47th Ave. at Fulton St., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, 94121. 415/751-8987. www.goldengateparkgolf.com. Course: 9 holes. 1357 yards. Par 27. Greens fees: $18/$22. Facilities: Putting green, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant.
TPC Harding Park Golf Course. This complex includes an 18-hole, par-72 course and a 9-hole, par-32 Jack Fleming–designed course. The 9-hole course has all the characteristics of a championship course but is less difficult. Both have fantastic views. Harding has received a multimillion-dollar makeover in recent years, and it shows. Book tee times as far in advance as possible. 99 Harding Rd. at Skyline Blvd., Lake Merced, San Francisco, CA, 94132. 415/664–4690. www.tpc.com/tpc-harding-park. TPC Course: 18 holes. 7,140 yds. Par 72. Slope 122. Greens fee: $140. Jack Fleming Course: 9 holes. 2,165 yds. Par 32. Slope 95. Greens fee: $140. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf lessons, restaurant, bar.
Lincoln Park Golf Course. The 18-hole, par-68 course has magnificent views of the Golden Gate Bridge, but the somewhat scraggly greens don't hold up well in damp weather. 300 34th Ave. at Clement St., Richmond, San Francisco, CA, 94121. 415/221–9911. www.lincolnparkgc.com. Course: 18 holes. 5146 yds. Par 69. Slope 109. Greens fees: $34/$42. Facilities: Putting green, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf lessons, restaurant, bar.
Presidio Golf Course. Arnold Palmer Golf Management runs this challenging, well-maintained course. You can book tee times online for an additional $8–$12 fee. 300 Finley Rd., at Arguello Blvd., The Presidio, San Francisco, CA, 94129. 415/561–4661. www.presidiogolf.com. Course: 18 holes. 6500 yds. Par 72. Slope 136. Greens fees: $125/$145. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf lessons, restaurant (with full bar service).
San Francisco Recreation & Parks Golf Program. You can get detailed directions to the city's public golf courses and reserve a tee time ($1 reservation fee per player) at some of them up to six days in advance through the parks department's automated municipal tee-times reservation line. You can book some courses online at SF Tee Times (sfteetimes.org). San Francisco, CA. 415/750-4653 to book tee time. sfrecpark.org/parks-open-spaces/golf-courses.
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