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The Golf Club at Harding Park

The Golf course at Harding Park in San Francisco was named after former US president Warren G. Harding. It was inaugurated in 1925. It was designed by Willie Watson and Sam Whiting, the owners of the Olympic Golf club in the vicinity. Since its inception it has attracted the attention of golfers from all over the US, professional and amateurs alike. It was a regular PGA tour stop in the 60s but in 1969 it was dropped form the tour because of the dire situation of the course and the pathetic clubhouse service.

In the 70s and 80s, the conditioned were not encouraging because the municipality had no money to spend on its upkeep. In 2002 a renowned lawyer and golfer fougth hard for - and won- the restoration of Harding Park golf course.

It took more than an year to bring it to its former glory. The length of the championship course was increased to 7200 yards. New bunkers were included, training facilities as well as practicing features were included and the clubhouse was revamped. The resultant course is as per PGA's standards. The course was officially re-opened in October 2005 for the WGC-American Express Championship.

The PGA tour sponsored an educational program in the Harding Park Golf club for the general youth of San Francisco.

The new renovated course is true to the original Watson design and thus it has all the advantages that were originally included by initial architects. It takes complete advantage of the land's flow and the surrounding sceneries. It has quite a few Cypress trees. The course is surrounded by Lake Merced on three sides. Some bunkers were added as well as greens redesigned - when the municipality undertook to renovate the whole course. The exercise has increased the overall subtlety and character of the course. Another executive nine-hole course was also added. There is also a putting green for practice.

The teeing is multi-surfaced which adds to the course's appeal as well as presents a few challenges to the most avid golfer.
The Fleming nine is a par 30 1865 yards from the forward tee and 2165 yards from regular. It has all the characteristics of the original Harding course and provide excellent golf and could prove really good for practicing and beginning golfers.

The golf course is open to general public but cost really good money - 135 dollars on weekdays and 155 dollars of weekends. There are also discounts available for residents of San Francisco and adjoining areas. The green fee for Fleming course is substantially lesser.

The club house provides services par excellence. Apart from the locker rooms, it also contains a restaurant, play shop and other facilities. The staff is friendly and strives to provide great service at all times.