We have much to be thankful for in 2015
- by: San Francisco Public Golf Alliance
As we give thanks and enjoy the holiday season with friends and family, we look back on an eventful 2015 with gratitude and appreciation to the members, supporters and volunteers who support the mission
of the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance. A reminder of some of what we were thankful for over the last year:
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, San Francisco Superior Court, and San Mateo County Superior Courts in 2015 all dismissed lawsuits from the anti-golf crowd to halt golf and/or block San Francisco’s Sharp Park Golf Course renovation projects.
We cannot thank enough the good offices of Morrison Foerster, in particular partner Chris Carr - Chair of the firm's Environment and Energy Group - for their tireless pro-bono efforts in defense of Sharp Park and Bay Area Public Golfers.
We are grateful for the World Golf Championship held at TPC Harding Park - the crown jewel of our San Francisco municipal golf course gems. It was a great event that garnered national attention and put a spotlight on San Francisco as a world class public golf destination.
Golfers had a big victory in April, when the California Coastal Commissioners unanimously supported San Francisco's Sharp Park Safety, Infrastructure Improvement and Habitat Enhancement Project which will enhance both habitat recovery and golf course renovation work at Sharp Park.
Lets not forget the gardeners, greenskeepers, management and staff of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department for their hard work navigating the regulatory labyrinth to support these projects and maintain our beautiful, scenic, and historic, landmark public courses.
We are enormously grateful for all the participants and sponsors of our Fourth Annual Alister Mackenzie Benefit Tournament For Sharp Park. It was a great event, great fun, and eventually we'll get around to posting some pictures of the day.
We want to thank the team at Enlite10 for helping us set up the new website you are reading right now. And we can't forget the generous contribution of extraordinary photographs contributed by Brad Knipstein that you'll find in our book, throughout this website, and on our Instagram account. Oh... and that turkey on the top of this post... Brad took that shot too.
Most recently, we are thankful for work completed in October on the First Phase of San Francisco’s Sharp Park renovation project, including construction of a new frog pond south of the golf course, dredging of cattails to improve frog habitat in the wetlands at the western edge of the golf course, a new cart path near the 14th green, a new culvert and cart bridge at Hole #12, and worker safety improvements at the pump house. Also, new greens were built in October-November at Holes Nos. 4, 5, 6, and 7, and will be open for play in Spring, 2016.
2016 will bring new challenges in fending-off the anti-golf crowd’s attacks; and we will continue to work with public agencies and officials in San Francisco, San Mateo County, and Pacifica towards the goal of renovating Alister MacKenzie’s historic links, while recovering compatible habitat for frogs and snakes. Hang in there with us.
If, in this Season of Sharing, you can provide some financial help, in any amount, for our common fight to Save Sharp Park, we appreciate it . San Francisco Public Golf Alliance is a 501.c.3 non-profit, public benefit organization.
Here's to 2016!
News & Events
- Sign Up For The Alister MacKenzie Heritage Tournament To Preserve Sharp Park - June 8! Wednesday, January 23, 2019Download and submit your entry form for the Eighth Annual Alister MacKenzie Heritage Tournament to Preserve Sharp Park Golf Course. Join us for a day of golf, good times, and fundraising. This tournament is our primary fund-raising event to preserve the Mackenzie vision at Sharp Park for future generations.
- Lake Merced Hosts LPGA Mediheal Championship April 29 - May 5 Monday, April 8, 2019Don’t Miss 144 of the World’s Best LPGA Golfers competing for a $1.8 million dollar purse at the historic Lake Merced Golf Club.
- The MacKenzie Public Golf Vision - A New Year Message from the Founders Friday, January 4, 2019The words, work and vision of Alister MacKenzie were our inspiration when we founded the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance. Preserving and restoring his vision at Sharp Park will guide our efforts in 2019 and beyond.
- Recap: Seventh Annual Alister MacKenzie Tournament to Save Sharp Park Monday, July 23, 2018The course was beautiful as always. The greens were as good as they have been in years. Some days, Sharp Park can just overwhelm you with its combination of beauty, history, art, recreation, and community. This was one of those days.
- 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.