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History Corner in the Sharp Park Clubhouse

History Corner:  Alister MacKenzie Exhibit Opens at Sharp Park Clubhouse

Apr 23, 2023by - San Francisco Public Golf Alliance

A permanent exhibit of photography and text memorializing and explaining the work of world-renowned golf architect Alister MacKenzie opened during the final week of March 2023 – 81 years after the April 1932 opening of the golf course – in the entry hall of the Sharp Park Clubhouse.  

Donated to the City of San Francisco by the nonprofit San Francisco Public Golf Alliance, the exhibit features photographs of MacKenzie and his collaborators Robert Hunter, Bobby Jones and Marion Hollins, MacKenzie’s original 1932 Sharp Park routing map, construction of Sharp Park and MacKenzie’s famous Cypress Point Club on the Monterey Peninsula, a MacKenzie-drawn map of the Old Course at St. Andrews, the Scottish ancestral home of golf, the architect's design principles, and a catalogue of his most famous golf courses around the world.  

Mayor Ed Lee and Bill Spiler at Sharp Park History Corner

Also memorialized are San Francisco’s late Mayor Ed Lee, a great golf champion who saved Sharp Park in 2011, and the story of Sharp Park’s role in the mid-1950s in the racial integration of golf.  

The Spanish Revival-style Sharp Park clubhouse is the work of the Willis Polk Office, one of San Francisco’s preeminent early 20th Century architectural firms.  Both the Sharp Park Golf Course and Clubhouse are recognized historically significant properties and landmarks by San Francisco and the City of Pacifica.  

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