Best golf courses: San Francisco

San Francisco: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in and around this city. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key below for the rating definitions.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Original design (1977) and modifications (2008) by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Miller, Johnny

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Johnny Miller, Robert Muir Graves & Damian Pascuzzo.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
San Francisco
Macan, Arthur

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Original layout at this location by Arthur Vernon "Mac" Macan and Willie Locke (1926). Modifications by Dr. Alister MacKenzie (1928), Robert Trent Jones Sr (1965) and Kyle Phillips (2005).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Miller & Pulley

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Johnny Miller & Jack Barry, with later revision to 18-holes by Algie Pulley.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
(Closed in 2019)
San Francisco
Raugust, Andy

Visitors?

(Closed in 2019)

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Andy Raugust

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Miller, Johnny

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Johnny Miller

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
San Francisco
MacKenzie, Dr Alister

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Dr Alister MacKenzie

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Hills, Arthur

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Arthur Hills

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Palmer & Duane

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Original design by Arnold Palmer & Francis "Frank" Duane (1973); renovation by Arthur Hills (2005).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
San Francisco
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Jack Nicklaus

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Miller, Johnny

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Johnny Miller & Fred Bliss

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
San Francisco
Watson & Whiting

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Lake course: originally designed by William "Willie" Watson and built by Sam Whiting (1924); subsequently redesigned by Sam Whiting in 1925/6 after severe winter storm damage. Later modifications by Robert Trent Jones (1953) and Bill Love (2016).
Ocean course: originally designed by Willie Watson (1924); substantially remodelled by Sam Whiting (1927); completely redesigned by Tom Weiskopf (2000), and renovated by Bill Love (2012).
Cliffs course: 9-hole par-3 course designed by Tom Weiskopf & Jay Morrish (1994).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Johnstone, Robert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Originally designed Robert Wood Johnstone. Redesigned and lengthened by British course architect Herbert Fowler (1921).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Closed in 2016)
San Francisco
Poellet, J. Michael

Visitors?

(Closed in 2016)

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

J. Michael (Mike) Poellet

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
San Francisco
Tillinghast, A.W.

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Albert W. Tillinghast

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Closed in 2017)
San Francisco
Baird, Gary Roger

Visitors?

(Closed in 2017)

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Gary Roger Baird

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Harmon & Jones Jr

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Original design by Ben Harmon & John Dawson (1955); modifications by Robert Trent Jones Jr (1966) and Johnny Miller (2011).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Original design by Robert Trent Jones Jr (1966); modifications by Johnny Miller (2011).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
San Francisco
Whiting, Sam

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Sam Whiting

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Rsrt guests only
San Francisco
Bell & Thomas

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Original design by George C. Thomas Jr and William Park "Billy" Bell (1930). Renovation by John Harbottle (2008).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Miller, Johnny

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

Johnny Miller, Sandy Tatum, Jim Summers & Fred Bliss

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Francisco
Watson & Whiting

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Francisco

Designer

William "Willie" Watson & Sam Whiting (1925).

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