California Golf Club of San Francisco

California Golf Club of San Francisco
844 W Orange Ave South San Francisco, CA , 94080 , US
A.V. Macan, 1926/Alister MacKenzie, 1928/Kyle Phillips, 2007, 1926

For most of its 80-year history, the Cal Club, as locals call it, served up a tight though well-regarded Bay Area course, enhanced by its association with Ken Venturi. Following a 2008 Kyle Phillips re-do that was part restoration and part re-design, many feel this private course is now the equal to any course in California north of Cypress Point. Situated on the side of a hill, the course is guaranteed to catch any wind that is about. Add in its fescue fairways and the site’s broad slopes and you have a course whose asks change daily. Even in calm conditions, the mix of short grass, sprawling bunkers and cypress trees provide constant photo opportunities that captivate. When you discover the design plays as good as it looks, you have something special. (Photo: Evan Schiller)