Just inside the Presidio's Arguello Gate, bordered by Monterey Cypress and eucalyptus, is a place where Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Schulz, Joe DiMaggio, and Arnold Palmer once swung a club. Presidio Golf Course, one of the oldest courses on the West Coast, has seen more than 120 years of play – and it's making new history today as one of the best public golf courses in the United States.
Presidio Golf Course was built in 1895 as a nine-hole link exclusively for Army officers and members of the private Presidio Golf Club. During its early military years, it sometimes served double duty: in the Spanish American War, infantry trained and drilled here, and in 1906 survivors of the great San Francisco earthquake took refuge on the grounds. In 1910, the course was expanded to 18 holes. In 1921, it was redesigned, lengthened, and given a watering system. Still, through all its changes, it remained off limits to all but an elite few.
Visit Presidio Golf Course
Now that the Presidio is a national park site, the course has thrown open its 145-acres for all to enjoy. San Francisco's favorite 18-holes offers challenging play on par – no pun intended – with the best in the country. The 6,500-yard course features forest-covered rolling hills with dramatic elevation changes, tight fairways, small greens, and severe bunkers. Beware – the 13th hole is known as the hardest, with a flat top oak tree standing right in the middle of the fairway.
A driving range offers a wonderful setting to practice your swing, and the pro shop ensures you will always have the latest gear. True to its park values, Presidio Golf Course is a leader in environmentally-sensitive golf course management. In fact, keep your eye out for the goats out on weeding duty.
Dining and Special Events
There's a great reason to visit Presidio Golf Course even if you have never picked up a club – Presidio Café, which dishes up American comfort food with California flair. The café is also a gathering place for popular event such as Trivia Night and wine tastings.
Presidio Golf Course is also a special setting for celebrations and meetings – imagine a wedding reception on the terrace or an anniversary party indoors beneath the clubhouse's vaulted ceilings. Visit their website for details about planning your special event.