Month: December 2016

A Victory for the Movement to Save Sharp Park Golf Course

On December 15, two key San Francisco commissions approved a plan that would, in part, restore wetlands near Sharp Park Golf Course, a municipal track designed by Alister MacKenzie in 1930. Since this plan entails retaining rather than scrapping the Pacifica course, its approval counts as a win for the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance, which has long resisted the efforts of environmental groups to turn all of Sharp Park into a wildlife habitat. (more…)

Pacific Grove Golf Links: Holes 13-15

Hole 13: Par 4, 316 Yards

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This is the heart of Pacific Grove Golf Links. The 13th through the 15th holes are all par 4s, and they occupy the finest property on the course — an expanse of natural, rolling duneland that, among the courses in the area, only certain stretches of Cypress Point and Spyglass Hill can rival. But these holes are more than pretty. They are also supremely well designed, tempting the golfer on every shot to play dangerously close to the dunes.

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GOLF.com’s Twitter Feed: A Feminist Odyssey

Scroll, scroll, scroll….

Hm, GOLF.com’s “14 Most Athletic Golfers of All-Time, Ranked.” Sure, I’ll click on that.

I wonder whether they included any female golfers. I mean, golf media doesn’t exactly have an awesome track record when it comes to covering the men’s and women’s games equally.

Oh, look: there are… three women on the list. Three of fourteen.

Better than zero!

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Early Debate around Tiger’s Chicago Project

A few hours after the Chicago Tribune broke the news of Tiger Woods’s involvement in the effort to renovate the city-owned Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses, I registered my skepticism on this blog. I admit that this response was premature; we will not know the details of this vast public works project, much less be able to assess its effects, until years from now. A couple of smart folks on Twitter, in that unmistakeable tone of mild social media annoyance, told me as much. While I still think my doubts are well founded (see: the general history of gentrification and the specific history of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the South Side), I do acknowledge the wisdom of chill the eff out and see what happens.

But I can still follow the debate, right?

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Tiger’s Chicago Project: Quick Thoughts

News broke today that Tiger Woods, with the encouragement of President Barack Obama, has signed on to help transform Chicago’s Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses into a complex “that could host a premium PGA Tour event such as the BMW Championship.”

The whole affair savors of a well-planned rollout by Mayor Rahm Emanuel: ask the President to make a phone call, get the Big Cat on board, offer the scoop to a Tribune reporter, and watch the thing go viral. But the glittering names of Woods and Obama are a distraction here. The more important part of the story will play out over the next several months, as Emanuel and his allies try to sell Chicago on a $30-million plan to replace an affordable muni with an upscale championship track.

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Pacific Grove Golf Links: Holes 7-9

Hole 7: Par 4, 310 Yards

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The tee shot — uphill, blind — is intimidating but not really dangerous. Just carry the ball more than 150 yards, avoid the dense grove to the left, and make sure not to hit up on the group ahead of you. Even if you lose your drive to the right, toward OB, a tall fence and a taller stand of eucalyptus will likely kick your ball back into play.

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