Inn at the Presidio

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“God shaped this land to be a golf course. I simply followed nature.”

Located within
the Presidio of San Francisco, California, the Presidio Golf Course is renowned for its spectacular forest setting, as well as its challenging play. The course dates to 1895, when John Lawson designed nine holes for military officers to play. Lawson noted: “God shaped this land to be a golf course. I simply followed nature.” Then in 1910, Golf course architect Robert Wood Johnstone expanded the Presidio Golf Course in collaboration with William McEwan to 18 holes. A final round of historic renovations occurred a decade later when the British architectural firm Fowler & Simpson completed the course’s iconic appearance.

Originally restricted to military officers and private club members, the 18-hole course subsequently opened to the public in 1905. The Presidio Golf Course has since hosted some of the world’s greatest legendary sportspeople, celebrities, and famous artists of the 20th century: baseball Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio, entertainer Bob Hope, crooner Bing Crosby, and cartoonist Charles Schulz played here. The Presidio Golf Course is also notable for its environmentally sensitive management practices and has been recognized as a leader in environmentally sensitive golf course management, winning the 2001 “Environmental Leader in Golf Award.” Since 2000, the course has reduced overall pesticide use by approximately 50 percent, and currently uses approximately 75 percent less pesticide than private courses in San Francisco. The course also received certification from Audubon International as a partner in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program in 2003.

The Presidio is managed by a private-public partnership between the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Presidio Trust. The golf course is associated with the Lodge at the Presidio (1894) and the Inn at the Presidio (1903), inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2018 and 2011, respectively.


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