Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Demise of Golf in San Francisco?

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors are considering the closure of the five public golf courses in the City. After Sandy Tatum's successful efforts to revive Harding Park, host of the WGC-American Express Championship, it soon may be closed. A part of Lincoln Park Golf Course may be turned into a soccer field. Why the talk of converting the courses?

The City manage and run the courses and they are losing money. It's not too surprising considering it's run by the government. So, the Board may create a task force to decide the future of golf in S.F. Having a golf course management company run the course is a possibility, but the fears of increased resident and senior green fees is a concern.

It would be a shame to lose golf in San Francisco, but it wouldn't surprise me if it occurred.

1 comment:

Craig said...

There may be more going on here than meets the eye.

Several people -- including the guy who USED to run SF's golf courses for 20 years -- have formed their own task force (http://golfsf.org/) to save the city's courses from being privatized.

Very interesting article here:
http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?entry_id=4740&catid=4