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 course, enhanced by its association with Ken Venturi. Following a 2008 Kyle Phillips re-do that was part restoration and part redesign, many feel this private course is the equal to any in California north of Cypress Point. Situated on the side of a hill, Cal Club is guaranteed to catch any wind that is about. Add in 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. When you discover the design plays as good as it looks, you have something special.
(Photo: Evan Schiller)