SF Rec and Park Opens Harding Golf Course After $1.2 Million Renovation
SF Rec and Park in partnership with PGA Tour renovated Harding Greens
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced the opening of the Harding Golf Course after its $1.2 million renovation had been completed. The project received one third of its funding from PGA TOUR as part of the Master Tournament Agreement between the City and the PGA TOUR. On the morning of Saturday, March 22, 2014, Mayor Ed Lee, SF Rec and Park Commission President Mark Buell, and SF Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg opened up the newly renovated Harding Golf Course with ceremonial tee shots.
“TPC Harding Park is a world class public golf course that has been part of our City’s storied golfing history,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “San Francisco is proud to showcase the newly renovated greens of Harding Park to residents and avid golf players around the globe.”
“We are excited about our partnerships with PGA TOUR to better Harding Greens,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We can now once again to present the distinguished Harding greens for all golf players to enjoy.”
The scope of the renovation included the replacement of all 18th greens on Harding, which reconfigured the approaches to the greens and refurbish the bunkers. The Project was competitively bid following all City guidelines and protocols. Contract was awarded to Continental Golf, Inc. In fact, the Greens were replaced to keep Harding Park at the highest possible level of quality. In addition, continued regular use of the course combined with intrusion of native grass species and parasitic infestations and the specific microclimate of the area began to compromise the health of the greens after 10 years.
The renovation used 007 Tyee Mix, a specific bent grass that is more resistant to intrusion and parasites, and the sod was grown from seed by West Coast Turf starting last summer and was transported from southern California in refrigerated trucks starting in February of this year.
The renovation began in December 2013 with stripping the old sod from the greens and approaches and removed all the bunker sand. The sand was recycled for other use. The new project involved laying approximately 6.5 acres of new sod; 2.5 acres on the greens themselves and 4 acres were used for approaches and other immediate areas. Better Billy Bunker Method was used for the renovation of the bunkers which allow for better drainage and stabilization of sand, not matter what the weather may be. Overall, approximately 375 tons of pebble beach white sand was used for the bunker renovation.
TPC Harding Park, named after avid-golfer and President Warren Harding, opened in 1925. Masterfully designed by golf course architect Willie Watson, of Olympic Club fame, the 163-acre course takes advantage of existing topography, contours and vegetation. The course’s history is almost as great as the Monterey Cypress Trees that line it, it was once a frequent PGA TOUR stop in the 1960’s, and host to the 2005 World Golf Championship and the Presidents Cup 2009.