San Mateo County Studies Sharp Park Partnership with City of San Francisco
- by: San Francisco Public Golf Alliance
Since the diverse students, retirees, and blue collar golfers who patronize the popular and affordable course are primarily San Francisco and San Mateo County residents, common sense dictates a regional partnership to manage the course would benefit all concerned. Jane Northrup, writing for the Pacifica Tribune, reports that the first steps to forging just such civic partnership may be underway:
"San Mateo County may be one step closer to taking over the Sharp Park Golf Course from San Francisco. The county of San Mateo engaged a consultant to study the options. Supervisor Don Horsley said he eventually hopes to try and work out a long-term lease. “We don’t want it closed. We think it’s important for Pacifica and for people who want to play golf. The course is affordable,” he said...
San Francisco and San Mateo County have long realized the benefits of working together to ensure the future of the historic Sharp Park Golf Course. In Dec. 2011, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee wrote that the SF Recreation and Park Dept. and the County of San Mateo had for some time now been discussing ways “to create a mutually beneficial partnership for the long-term management of the golf course that could help fund the needed habitat restoration, and continue to support an affordable and popular recreational activity.”
In Jan. 2012, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution seeking negotiations with San Francisco on a cooperative management agreement at Sharp Park. Discussions delayed when, between 2012 and 2015, anti-golf environmental litigants brought three separate lawsuits in an effort to close the course. All three suits were eventually dismissed."
On November 3, San Mateo County Manager John Maltbie reported to San Mateo County Supervisors that he had assigned a consultant to conduct a financial study of the matter. This will not be the only public report to consider the San Francisco / San Mateo County Partnership.
The Pacifica Tribune article reports that completion of the San Mateo County study is still months away. We think that at least a preliminary report is likely by mid-December. In any event, it is at this point premature to speculate about the final form any potential San Francisco / San Mateo County Sharp Park partnership might take. The San Francisco Public Golf Alliance believes a mutually beneficial arrangement that improves golf operations, renovates the course, and enhances the habitat for the species that reside there is in the best interest of the City, the County and public golfers.
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- Sharparkology 101: A lecture at the Pacifica Historical Society Monday, June 25, 2018SFPGA President "Professor" Richard Harris discusses the origins of golf in Scotland, its early history in America, the central place held by Alister MacKenzie in the history and practice of world golf architecture, and the artistry of his work at Sharp Park.
- UPDATE: The 2018 Online Silent Auction Concluded.
Congratulations to the winning bidders. Thursday, May 17, 2018The Seventh Annual Alister MacKenzie Benefit Tournament is on Saturday, May 26, but on-line bidding for the silent auction is open now! Bid on fantastic courses and golf adventures including Bandon Dunes, Friar's Head and Royal Dornoch. All auction proceeds go to our ongoing campaign to Save and Preserve Sharp Park.
- Election Day June 5. Don't forget to vote! Sunday, May 13, 2018On June 5 San Francisco voters will select a new mayor to replace the late Ed Lee. Your vote matters.
The San Francisco Public Golf Alliance Endorses Prop 68 to protect our water, parks, and natural resources.
- Sign up for the Alister MacKenzie Tournament to Preserve Sharp Park - May 26! Monday, January 22, 2018Download and submit your entry form for the Seventh Annual Alister MacKenzie Benefit Tournament to Preserve Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica. All proceeds go to supporting the effort to preserve and protect our muni golf gem.