From tee to green, San Francisco Golf Club is as good as it gets. Bunkering is one of Tillinghast’s strong suits and Tom Doak’s restoration shows them off brilliantly. Between the fairway bunkers and the ubiquitous doglegs, the line of charm is in play on every tee ball. And while there are plenty of greenside bunkers, half the holes still provide options other than an aerial approach. Once you get to the greens, however, things get less exciting. They are fast and often steep, but lacking the contours (except at #7) that I prefer. I did, however, love the two huge mounds that frame the cross bunker short of the 12th green. Local lore has it that they once carried a railroad across this corner of the property. Oh, and one warning in case your host doesn’t mention it: SFGC does not allow shorts. I thought when Winged Foot had changed its policy to allow them that this rule was extinct in American golf. Shows what I know.
Date: December 03, 2015