The blustery wind and the constantly changing sky make it feel more like Ireland or Scotland than San Fran. I simply Love the mood of this place. Expect to use all of the clubs in your bag and practice knock down shots before you head out. A decent challenge from the tips for low-handicappers. Definitely worth a visit.
This is a pretty course, with some challenging holes, but it's just not worth it. I've played there in the summer and the winter, and conditions and I didn't enjoy either. In the summer (July) it was so cold and windy, I barely finished. In the winter, there were pools of water in the middle of fairways and the greens were closed. It's very expensive, and they gave very little discount for poor winter conditions (even without greens), and never told us about the conditions when we made the tee time. With the renovated Harding Park, I just have no reason to play at the Presidio anymore. The reason I gave it two stars, is that on the off chance it's a sunny day (not sure those exist much there), it's very pleasant, and if someone else were paying, I wouldn't object to playing there. Let's leave it for the tourists.
Considering I'm new to the game, this is a great place to go hit a few balls at the range or practice my short game on the putting green. Only $10 for 100 balls, $8 for 75, or $5 for 35. A great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning before going off to do other things. I've never done the full course here, so I can't say much about that. It's a beautiful area though, so at least it's aesthetically pleasing.
The best thing about this course is its location, the practice greens and the driving range on a sunny day (good luck finding a sunny day out there). Anyway, every time I come here.. I swear to "never" come back. Apparently I'm bad at listening to myself. If this place had any competition they would be out of business. Somehow this place fails to drain even when it doesn't rain for months and at the prices they are charging you would thing they could keep the course in better condition. One last thing - pace of play here is ridiculously slow.
This will be the slowest round of golf you've ever played unless you have the first tee time of the day. Drive the extra distance to Harding, play a much better course, save money, and leave some hours in the day.