California Golf Club of San Francisco

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The employee, Susan Schang is a thief.  The owners should know that a disgusting old bag is working for them.  SUSAN SCHANG.  Hold on tight to your wallets!

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Easily one of my favorite courses. If you get a chance to play it, do so and definiltey skip the cart.

I've played there about 5 times and the greens are always perfect. I believe it has design roots with MacKenzie but i think there have been a couple renovations. It sounds strange considering most amatuer golfers find bunkers to be a penal hazard, but the bunkering layout here is absolutely stunning. I just love the contrast against the well manicured fairways and greens. If you're good sand player, the depth and consistency of the sand here will give you confidence and the green light.  While there is no rough on most of the holes, running off the fairway can get you in trouble quick because of the length of the course. i think the tips play over 7000 yards.

Other notes:
-great practice areas
-classic men's lounge / bar
-straight up golf club. no distracting frills like swimming/tennis, etc.
-challenging course will test every club in your bag.
-Par 3 # 7 ( i think ) has to be one of the toughest around. approx 180 yard uphill turtle back green. depending on pin placement, can be nearly impossible to stop a tee shot. good luck.
-Finishing Par #4 18th hole second shot approach has a natural massive ampitheatre backdrop lawn. fun to imagine your approach watched by thousands in the gallery

The only knock is for the amount of money the members are paying, they should expect a much nicer locker room.

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Came here for a wedding.  The place was beautiful! It was a very big and nice place for a wedding.  I would definitely recommend this place as a location for friends for a wedding.

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I have played all of the Bay Area courses with the exception of SFGC which I hear is Nirvana. Golf course wise, this is the best, and possibly as good? You'd have to ask someone who has played both.This is my opinion only, so keep the flames to a  minimum. It has grandeur and scale, beautiful sight lines, a wide variety of holes, pristine greens, and perfect conditioning. It magically combines hills, cypress trees, links style bunkers, bent grass greens in such a way as to leave a golfer such as myself   ( 3 index and play numerous tournaments throughout CA) almost speechless. I would not change a thing. The fairways are wide enough to allow you to let Driver go on most holes, yet, second shots require some finesse. The greens are tough but fair, the bunkering almost perfect. Vista after Vista, shot after shot, a new surprise. My other Bay Area favorites are TPC Stonebrae and Olympic Lake Course with the new Silverado a close third. I think Cal golf just may trump them all. Since it is super private and they have discriminatory rules, California does not allow them to do things like USGA events, NCGA qualifiers, tournaments, etc. You could easily hold a US Open here if they did. Reminds me almost of a grand East Coast Donald Ross design. Just a phenomenal track in every way for the better player.

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I had the opportunity to play here last Monday with a member for the first time.  You can instantly see the Alistair Mackenzie in this design.  It was like Augusta National.  Rolling sloped fairways with a lot of elevation changes and no rough.  The greens are bentgrass and perfect.  The fairways were hard and fast.  The bunkers had just the right amount of sand.  The views were resplendant.  If you get the chance to play #97 on the best courses in America, take it.  I have played Pebble Beach, Spyglass, Bandon and this was in that upper tier.  

Ist hole is a downhill dogleg right par 5 with bunkering that is reminiscent of a Scottish links course with slightly overgrown edging.  The par 3 6th has a view of the bay and a table top green.  The par 4 7th doglegs right and asks you to cut off the dogleg as much as you want.  But if you are short, a canyon awaits your ball.

The staff was friendly and even strapped my bag into the push cart.  The course is walkable but you will need to be in shape because of the all the hills.  There are NO yardage markers anywhere except the Tee boxes and the Pro will tell you this.  Fortunately I brought my Leopold GX-4 and got my yardages.  My friends GPS gave him terrible yardages.  Your member will have to buy you drink/food as they don't take cash/credit like most traditional country clubs.  This course can play long so choose the right tees.  7200+ yards.  I played the next tee up, 6800 yds and was lucky enough to post 77.

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