With Super Bowl 50 set to kick off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday, Bay Area golf courses are getting in on the action with a mix of tournaments, discounted tee times and special events. Here’s a glimpse at some of the golf-related goings-on.
Half Moon Bay Golf Links, Half Moon Bay
Big game. Big names. On Saturday, Feb. 6, one day before the Panthers and the Broncos take the field, Paul Warfield, Garry Cobb, Ed “Too Tall” Jones and other football legends will take the tee in the Super Bowl 50 Gold Tournament, a celebrity-am staged on the Old and Ocean courses at Half Moon Bay. Foursomes in the 18-hole team scramble will be made up of three amateurs and one NFL-er, with prizes awarded for team and individual scores, closest to the pin, long drive and more. Winners will receive such prizes as NFL game tickets, autographed merchandise and Half Moon Bay golf packages. Make an ace, and a new Hyundai might be yours. Breakfast precedes an 8:10 a.m. shotgun start. Food and beverages will be served on the course, followed by a post-round reception. Entree fees are $10,000 per threesome; or $3,333 per player. To register or for more information, contact Caroline Keyes at caroline.Keyes@NFL.com. halfmoonbaygolf.com.
TPC Harding Park, San Francisco
The Bay Area’s most storied muni, and the host of the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play, Harding Park is rolling out a Golf the Gridiron special on Feb. 3-10. The package costs $199 per player and includes green fee, cart fee, range balls and a $20 food and beverage credit at the Cypress Restaurant in the clubhouse. Premium club rentals are available, as well as hassle-free club transport through ShipSticks. For more information, visit tpc.com/tpc-harding-park.
Poppy Ridge Golf Course, Livermore
In honor of Super Bowl 50, this 27-hole facility is slashing greens fees to $50 after 11 a.m. on the day of the game. That’s nearly half-off the usual weekend rate of $97. It includes cart. poppyridgegolf.com.
Gleneagles Golf Club, San Francisco
Wagering on the Super Bowl is expected to range into the billions worldwide. But at this charming nine-holer, in South San Francisco, an adrenaline-jolt costs only $25. That’s the buy-in for a Super Bowl Sunday skins-game that will include high and low index categories and enough football pools to make your head spin. Gleneagles is something of a Bay Area sleeper, despite the fact that Lee Trevino is said to have proclaimed it one of the finest nine-hole layouts in the world. Be advised: it’s an understated place, the sort of deceptively barebones destination where the guy in torn shoes and denim cutoffs turns out to be a serious stick. Tee times for the skins game run from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Pupus and drinks served afterwards. gleneaglesgolfsf.com.
Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz
This acclaimed Alister MacKenzie layout (where the good doctor himself had a course-side home) isn’t putting on any tournament or parties. But the property is well prepared. “At this time last year, we asked all our in-house clubs to rearrange their schedules and not have any events the week leading up to the Super Bowl or the week after, so we could set aside some prime times for travelers,” said Pasatiempo head pro Ken Woods. Pasatiempo has also partnered with a number of local hotels to offer stay-and-play rates during Super Bowl week. For more information, visit pasatiempo.com.