With a wide range of excellent golf to play in the San Francisco area, it was going to be tough to narrow down the choices. The tour ended up with a handful of excellent stops. Having lived in the bay area for years, it was great to meet some old friends and do some fly overs on some of my old stomping grounds.
Lincoln Park was right next to my old apartment in San Francisco and I golf it hard and often. It was great to get back and get above it to see the view. The most note worthy hole is 17 a 200+ yard par 3 with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is the best place to hit a golf ball with a view of the iconic bridge.
Things got serious on the RGV Tour with a visit to Cal Club. If there were a showdown between the best clubs and courses in San Francisco, I am confident that the Cal Club would emerge victorious.
After taking a shower in the parking lot of the Olympic Club, (seriously) I decided to step out of the RGV and play some golf. We had some fantastic tour players join for an all world twilight session. Afterwards, Joey The Cat made an appearance on the podcast.
The RGV Tour paid a quick visit to local Alister Mackenzie course Sharp Park. Although almost nothing of the original routing and design remain, it still has the Mackenzie credit. There were rumors of Tom Doak stepping in to revive the golf course, but the course has been entrenched in legal battles regarding the preservation of the local wildlife.
As the RGV Tour rolled out of town on its way to Monterey, I had to make a quick stop at Half Moon Bay Golf Links. Not only is it a stunner from the sky but it is also the site of my very last round of golf as a California resident. You can feel the spirit of Arnold Palmer on the 18th green and they even filmed one of those American Pie movies here.