SAN FRANCISCO – Nov. 10, 2020 – TPC Harding Park, the only city-owned public course managed by the PGA TOUR, announces the relaunch of its Fleming 9 Golf Course on Nov. 16, 2020, following a complete regrow project after hosting the 2020 PGA Championship, as well as a complete renovation to its driving range, which began on Nov. 4, 2020 and is slated for completion in January 2021.
The 60-day Fleming 9 regrow project included the reseeding of rye grass. Named after former San Francisco city golf caretaker, Jack Fleming – the Fleming 9 was added to the interior of the Harding Park Course in 1961 and serves as a challenging, par-30 golf course featuring six par-threes and three par-four holes. A beloved course of locals and visitors alike, the enhanced Fleming 9 will continue to be a prominent sister course to the famed 18 neighboring holes.
Open to the public, the all-new driving range, slated for completion in January 2021, will feature top-of-the-line artificial turf, an expansive fairway, full grass putting green and short game area, new range balls, 20 hitting stalls, nine targets, professional instruction and club fittings, as well as adding Toptracer Range technology – providing a data-driven app experience geared toward golfers of all abilities. Keeping player interests and game improvement at the core of this project, the range will provide a hospitable and welcoming environment for players of all ages. As one of the only two public driving ranges in the City of San Francisco, TPC Harding Park will continue to establish its presence as a premier location for practice.
“We’re excited to introduce these enhancements to TPC Harding Park, which support our top priority of providing an enjoyable experience for the public golfer,” said General Manager Tom Smith. “It’s not too often a public course has the opportunity to enhance infrastructure, so when we planned the practice area renovation, we worked through every last detail – ensuring it would be state-of-the-art, yet still inviting and fun. We’re incredibly proud of the final design and can’t wait to share it with the community.”
TPC Harding Park is one of six public golf courses owned by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. Each course is steeped in history and surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
“Now more than ever, golfers are eager to get out and play,” said San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “The Fleming 9 at TPC Harding Park has earned a reputation among San Franciscans as an affordable and accessible favorite. Its reopening means more opportunity for golfers to do what they love on a relaxed and beautiful course.”
The only city-owned public course managed by the PGA TOUR, TPC Harding Park features 27 holes of championship golf designed by Willie Watson, architect of the nearby Olympic Club. Known as Harding Park Golf Club when it opened in 1925, the course was named after avid golfer and former President Warren G. Harding. Over the course of its history, golf legends such as Ken Venturi, Billy Casper and Gary Player all walked its fairways. The course underwent a major renovation project 2002 to restore the fairways to their original glory, concluding just in time to test the skills of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in the 2005 WGC-American Express Championship and later in the 2009 Presidents Cup. TPC Harding Park also hosted PGA TOUR Champions’ Charles Schwab Cup Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2013, as well as the PGA Championship in 2020.
To learn more or book tee times at TPC Harding Park’s Fleming 9 course, please visit
www.tpc.com/hardingpark or call 415-664-4690.
About the TPC Network
Owned, operated, and licensed by the PGA TOUR, the TPC Network is comprised of 30 premier private, resort and daily fee golf properties designed by some of golf’s most elite architects. Twenty of the clubs are operated by affiliates of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties, Inc. Each TPC has hosted or has been designed to host TOUR-sponsored golf tournaments. Since TPC Sawgrass first opened its world renowned PLAYERS Stadium Course in the fall of 1980, TPCs have provided the PGA TOUR with rent-free venues for tournaments, helping to boost championship golf purses and increasing charitable donations to grass roots non-profit organizations. At the same time, TPCs have provided recreational golfers with the unique opportunity to test their skills on the same layouts where the world’s best golfers compete.
TPCs are known for their history of hosting PGA TOUR-sponsored golf tournaments, their outstanding conditioning and amenities, as well as a commitment to environmental excellence. The TPC Network is also distinguished by its unwavering commitment to further the PGA TOUR’s giving back mission through support of charitable and community-based programs. For more information, please visit www.tpc.com. For the most up-to-date news, follow the TPC Network on Twitter (@PlayTPC), Instagram (@PlayTPC) or Facebook.com/TPCNetwork.
About the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department currently manages more than 220 parks, playgrounds and open spaces throughout San Francisco, including two outside city limits—Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. The system includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, golf courses, sports fields and numerous small-to-medium-sized clubhouses that offer a variety of sports- and arts-related recreation programs for people of all ages. Included in the Department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the San Francisco Zoo and Lake Merced. In 2017, San Francisco became the first city in the nation where all residents have access to a park within a 10-minute walk, a direct result of the Department’s commitment to increasing and improving parkland in the city. Learn more at sfrecpark.org.