Sharp Park Golf Course, which first opened for play in 1932, is an Alister MacKenzie-designed layout that sits hard on the Northern California coast, two hours from MacKenzie’s fabled Cypress Point by car but, in other regards, a world away.
While Cypress Point is intensely private, Sharp Park is a municipal track, one of the few in the country that bears MacKenzie's name.
It has also been the focus of a very public squabble that pits supporters of the course against environmentalists who would like to see it closed and the land put to another use.
Recently, most of the battles have gone to the San Francisco Golf Alliance, the non-profit group fighting to preserve Sharp Park. But, as Richard Harris of the Alliance sees it, the fight goes on.
“We’ve prevailed so far, but the other side only has to win once and they're not stopping,” Harris says, “so we’ve got to keep it up.”
To that end, the Alliance is helping to put on a fundraising event. The Third Annual Tournament to Save Sharp Park takes place Saturday, May 31, with shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m. and a barbecue lunch at noon. The format is a foursome scramble, and entry fees are $175 per player.
If you’re a supporter of public golf, it’s a chance to put your money where your mouth is -- and experience a charming example of Golden Age architecture along the way.
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