San Francisco, California
Presidio Golf Course
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300 Finley Rd
San Francisco, CA 94129-1196, United States
The prestigious Presidio Golf Course, formerly a military-only course, opened for public play in 1995 and is generally regarded as one of California's top public courses. The tight, bunker-laden fairways wind through eucalyptus and Monterey pines. The course was originally a Robert Wood Johnstone design, expanded in 1910 by Johnstone and William McEwan. The first redesign occurred in 1921 (British firm of Fowler & Simpson), followed by the recent (1995-97) reconstruction.
Standard walking rates are $112 Mondays through Thursdays, $132 on Fridays, weekends, and holidays (carts are $13). Sliding twilight and senior discounts are available, as are special rates for residents of the greater bay area and for residents of the City of San Francisco.
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hp - 7/27/13
This is a scenic course with many beautiful trees. It's moderately tight and pretty hilly. There are a handful blind tee shots where you don't see the ball hit and land and a handful of uphill approach shots to the green where you don't see the ball hit and stop. The course doesn't LOOK overly tough, and the overall yardage won't suggest that, but the course has plenty of bite!
For the past few years, they've greatly improved the quality of the greens, the drainage on the fairways, and the sculpting of the bunkers. A few of the unnecessarily over penal fairway bunkers have been removed so place of play is getting better. Rough has been kept consistently down the last year so I think there is a definite push to make the course easier and faster to play.
Greens here are very tough. They have a lot of slope and undulation. 3 putts abound as no 2 footer is a gimme here. If you are a good putter here, my guess you can putt just about anywhere.
A nice perk to the layout is you can visit the snack shack easily up to 3 times and have one of their very tasty craft brews on tap during the round.
This is a moderately difficult walking course. I'd say 8 out of 10 golfers ride here. But the walk is pretty and the distances between green to next tee box is reasonable, so generally, you don't feel rushed as a walker.
More than most courses, I'd really suggest playing it forward here and enjoy the round. If you are having even a slight off day here, you won't sniff your handicap.
fbabij - 7/14/13
It's a nice course with a hills and blind shoots but a little expensive yet.
As usual in summer time weather wasn't summer like, overcast and pretty cold I finished playing at 8pm and was freezing my ass!
ayparekh - 10/3/11
Very scenic. Lot of elevation change with ball always below or above your feet, no matter where you are. 11 of 18 holes play uphill. All 4 of the par 3s were very different..enjoyed playing all of them. The ground crew could've stopped their mowers while we were playing. Fairways were being aerated. Greens were very quick. Its quite expensive but then again its in the city of SF. The weather was perfect for golf. If windy, this course will be very challenging.
Von-Diesel - 5/6/11
It is a pretty course in terms of the old trees and mostly lush green grass, however, I wouldn't say there are any "views".
I think it's slowly (painfully) improving with the Arnold Palmer acquisition. However, the range is atrocious; mats are SO INCREDIBLY BEAT UP with physical rips in multiple places on any one mat – hard to believe it's an Arnold Palmer managed course. The weather is more often foggy, cold, windy and damp than it is sunny and warm, so bring layers. It's a very hilly course so you must think strategy off the tee for ball placement for your approach shot.
Now about the the price; they are waay too proud of this course for no valid reason! For the money they ask for greens fees, I'd recommend TPC Harding Park or anywhere else, honestly; nowhere near worth the fees. I'd only ever play it at City Resident rates, and even then, compared to TPC Harding Park, this course is substandard. I find it "just okay" for the occasional switching it up.
I really do want to like it more and hope that it continues to improve, but it needs to happen much, much faster with the fees they charge. Oh, plus you don't even get free warm up range balls (to hit off their crappy mats) like you do at all other Arnold Palmer courses! They really nickel & dime you.
nvhoang - 3/15/15
Tyler Fitch - 8/31/13
bgolat - 7/5/13
niraj0228 - 6/20/13
ljph74 - 5/18/12
Nicolas Chasseray - 3/20/12
Best Score: 36*