Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sharp Park Golf Course, a keeper

San Francisco and San Mateo Counties continue to discuss Sharp Park Golf Course management.

Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, Staff Writer, 11/11/15, (Paul Slavin contributed to this report). "County studies options to take over Sharp Park Golf Course." 

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Sharp Park Golf Course Club House,
a City designated historic building.
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Memo from SF to SM Counties
"fore" the people, "We've got this."
....  "San Francisco and San Mateo County have long realized the benefits of working together to ensure the future of the historic Sharp Park Golf Course. In Dec. 2011, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee wrote that the SF Recreation and Park Dept. and the County of San Mateo had for some time now been discussing ways 'to create a mutually beneficial partnership for the long-term management of the golf course that could help fund the needed habitat restoration, and continue to support an affordable and popular recreational activity.' In Jan. 2012, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution seeking negotiations with San Francisco on a cooperative management agreement at Sharp Park.

Discussions delayed when, between 2012 and 2015, anti-golf environmental litigants brought three separate lawsuits in an effort to close the course. All three suits were eventually dismissed. In addition, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Pacifica’s North Coast County Water District cooperated on a $12 million recycled water project to irrigate the course.

Sharp Park is one of only two municipal golf courses in San Mateo County, and one of the very few municipal courses in the world designed by the legendary Alister MacKenzie, considered by many to be the greatest, and most influential, golf architect in the history of the game."  Read more. 

Related, the NIMBY golf course warsSan Francisco Chronicle/C.W. Nevius, 6/22/15, "Sharp Park Golf Course fight an endless bogey." "The opponents of Sharp Park Golf Course don’t know when to quit. As always, advocacy is a wonderful thing — until it turns into simple bullheadedness. For almost five years, environmental advocates have been battling changes to the 83-year-old course in Pacifica. Although golfers say the renovations, including a new lagoon for wildlife, will actually enhance the natural habitat, members of groups like the nonprofit Wild Equity Institute insist that the changes will harm the endangered California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake." Fix Pacifica articles, "search this blog": golf course. 

Note Sharp Park photographs. Club house from Chef Jason Gaskins blog. Working the game by Adam Lau from San Francisco Chronicle/C.W. Nevius, 7/10/15, "Losing a lawsuit can mean financial gain."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting this together.!