You’re a new golfer in San Francisco Bay Area. You recently bought a set of clubs, balls, and a full golf outfit complete with a classic checkered sweatshirt. There’s only one thing left to do: put your items to use! Which San Francisco golf courses are suitable for beginners?
Luckily, I’m here to help you with that question. Below is a list of my top recommendations for Bay Area courses and practice facilities that are perfect for those who recently started playing golf. Check them out:
Presidio Golf Course
300 Finley Rd, San Francisco, CA 94129
Although this 18-hole course is geared more toward the intermediate to advanced golfer, Presidio GC has great practice facilities that are helpful for improving your game. Located on 300 Finnley Road, this course boasts amenities such as a driving range, putting green, and chipping area. While the chipping area and putting green are free to use, a bucket of 100 range balls is only $13, making Presidio golf course an attractive destination to save money and practice golf strokes!
Eagle Club Indoor Golf
840 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Never tried indoor golf? Now you can! The Eagle Club indoor golf facility is the only premier indoor golfing facility in San Francisco, and a great place to hone your skills. The facility makes use of 10 golf simulators that enable users to play some of the best courses around the world without worrying about weather conditions, time, location, or money. The simulators are also programmed to capture a variety of details like ball spin, ball speed, total carry, and other statistics that show the strengths and weaknesses of your game. This innovative golf experience takes just one hour, compared to the usual average time of 4.5 hours to complete 18 holes on an outdoor course. How’s that for time management?
Golden Gate Park Golf Course
970 47th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121
Once you’re ready to graduate from practice and take your game to an actual course, a suggested place to start is Golden Gate Park Golf course. This course is exceptional for beginners because of its shorter length and easy-course layout. Since the course is made up of 9 straightaway par 3’s, you don’t have to worry about being the hulk in terms of distance or “iron byron” when it comes to accuracy. It’s well-maintained and is one of the most beautiful parts of Golden Gate Park. One important point to make before heading here: Make sure you bring colored golf balls due to the high amount of daisies!
Lincoln Golf Course
300 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121
Constructed in 1902, Lincoln golf course is one of the most popular destinations in
the Bay Area for golfers and tourists alike. This 18 hole course is built among the hills of the San Francisco coastline and is most known for the spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge that can be seen from the 17th tee. Along with its scenic qualities, Lincoln Golf Course is a good test of precision and skill because of its irregularly shaped holes and tall cypress trees. If you can get through this course without too much trouble, you’re ready to move on to more challenging courses. When you go, you’ll want to bring your camera to capture the scenery.
I hope this list helps you navigate the list of courses around the Bay Area and makes getting started a less overwhelming. As you discover new courses, you will find that each one carries its own unique personality and character - making each one as memorable as the last.
Golf Brand Manager
SF Bay Native, Experienced Golfer