TPC Harding Park in San Francisco – the only city-owned public course managed by the PGA Tour, has re-launched its Fleming 9 Golf Course following a complete re-grow 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 re-grow 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 par-30 golf course featuring six par-threes and three par-four holes.
The new driving range 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 Toptracer Range technology.
“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.”
One of six public golf courses owned by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, TPC Harding Park features 27 holes of 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. The course underwent a major renovation project 2002 to restore the fairways in time for 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.
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