San Francisco Golf Club
San Francisco is consistently ranked as one of the top courses in the U.S. and the World by Golf Magazine's panel of experts.
One of the oldest tracks in California, this A.W. Tillinghast gem opened in 1915, well before many of Tillinghast's East Coast masterpieces.
At just over 6,600 yards in length, the course is not long by modern standards, but it rewards long and straight shots off the tee. Unlike many Bay Area courses that use trees and shrubs to shape and contour the fairways, Tillinghast allowed the rolls and hills of the land dictate how the course twists turns. Scores of fairway bunkers demand golfers carefully consider the wisest strategy before hitting their shot.
While the club is intensely private and shuns virtually attention, the marquee hole at San Francisco Golf Club is the 184-yard, par-3 7th which is known as the "Duel Hole." The canyon where the hole now lays was the site of the last duel in the United States. Playing down a steep hill, the kidney-shaped green has a hump in its center. Shots that land on the back of the hump can easily bound into one of the bunkers behind the green, so players are often forced to putt over the ridge.
The club was originally founded in 1895 and has been listed by the USGA as one of the first 100 clubs established in the U.S.