Sharp Park Golf Course

3.1410000000 3.1 stars from 5 (78)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6494 yards
  • Slope: 119
  • Rating: 71.2
  • Layout

  • Hwy 1 at Foot of Sharp Park Rd, Pacifica, California 94044, San Mateo County
  • (650) 359-3380
  • (650) 355-8546
  • sfrecpark.org
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Year built: 1932
Architect(s): Alister MacKenzie (1932)
Type: Public/Municipal
Greens: Rye Grass
Fairways: Rye Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6494 yards 71.2 119
White 72 6239 yards 70.0 116
Red (W) 72 5793 yards 72.9 120

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 78 Reviews
5 stars:
1
4 stars:
28
3 stars:
37
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

59 out of 78 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive near the airport   Great for locals walkers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens elevation changes   Great for drinks  

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"Super Dumpy!!"


u000002342486's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This place is a dump, don't waste your money. They should put some money back into the course. What a mess!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Trash"


jwainwright86's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2016
First time playing Walked Wet weather

Reviewed on

It hasn't rained in 4 days and the course was an absolute swamp. Lost multiple balls that plugged in the fairway. Fairways aren't mowed so it was hard to find a lot of drives that were straight down the middle. Quality of golf is pretty bad and the marshalls don't do anything to keep up pace of play. The "clubhouse" (where you pay) was a disaster - they don't have a computer. I bought a sandwich at the bar and it was rancid - literally spoiled. Had to give it back. They did generously reimburse me the 5 dollars but not the food poisoning. Clean it up!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Easy Course, Slow Play"


rockdog26's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wet course may have explained the slow play, but we waited on almost every tee box. II would blame myself for not noticing the price didn't include a cart, $13 for a cart seemed a little much. Overall it was a decent course for the price,


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"My favorite course"


ML31's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I wish this course came up on Golf Now a little more often as it is a favorite. The layout is excellent in that it has a little of everything. Up hill holes, down hill holes, short 3, long 3, etc. I've played this course over a year ago and sadly it wasn't in very good shape but this time it wasn't too bad. The main complaint would be soft areas on some fairways but that would be due to recent rains. It was the greenest I have ever seen it. Now the bad side of the round. First, the guy at the counter, while trying to do his best, was beset with issues and setbacks. Cash register wouldn't work, had a hard time confirming my reservation. And he wasn't even there when I arrived. I had to stand around for a bit before he came out. One would think if he left someone else would take over. The other thing, while the play has never been particularly fast there, this time it was the slowest I have ever encountered. Waiting at nearly every hole and it didn't even let up as we neared completion. I think something unusual was going on as that has not been the norm there. If I return it will be interesting if it happens again. But apart from that, it was enjoyable to be on the course, as usual.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Beautiful setting, course is just so-so"


u828953768's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Some strong positives, and some equally strong negatives about this course. Starting with the plus side, the location of this course is absolutely terrific as you sit literally right next to the Pacific Ocean (no real ocean views however) and minutes from San Francisco. The ocean setting can provide some challenges with wind though, so be prepared and come with layered clothing (we played on a rare 80 degree sunny day, not typical whatsoever!) With a little investment, this course "could" be utterly phenomenal but it is, after all, a muni course and it definitely feels like one. No driving range. The fairways are mostly browned out, the sandtraps need serious trimming with overgrown lawn getting into them, the greens are challenging and probably the best kept part of the actual course. The cypress trees pose some shot challenges off the tees and for fairway approach shots - makes for some fun shot selections, especially given that this course is laid out in a rather predictable fashion. Basic upkeep could be added (example, the ball-washers are bone dry and/or completely broken.) Don't expect any amenities. Lastly, if you like to walk-play, this is an excellent course for that as most golfers walk the course (besides, the carts are gas-powered and all should have been put out of commission years ago.)


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"The Land that time forgot"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sharp Park was designed by Alister MacKenzie in 1932 and has a great layout and design. Unfortunatly not much has changed there since then, from the gas powered carts to the sad closet of a pro shop. The course itself has seen better days and the cart paths are more of an obstacle course or X-Games event! That being said the greens and approaches were very nice and again the layout is great. Theres a mix of everything at Sharp Park and it is deceptively challenging as well as a great value.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Sharp park"


sproul1125's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent layout, poor condition


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Classic Course, a bit tired..."


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Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time for me to play SP and admittedly, my primary objective was to stay cool with inland CA temps in the mid-90's and upward. When the weather is like this, the heat draws the marine layer in from the Pacific and I was in the low 60's. Course is a links style with little surprises and an enjoyable walk. However, weekend play and absence of Marshals made the initial backup at the 5th hole a bit unbearable. Most players will drop off at the 10th since this returns back to the Clubhouse, but even so, a 5-hour round should be expected. Don't be surprised by the ever present homeless vagrants who make a covered tree canopy between the 16th green and 17th tee their sanctuary-city home. Welcome to CA!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Not worth the money"


carolco66's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in poor condition for the price I paid. ($46, not cart). Temporary green on 16, and just overall poor fairways and greens.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Renovations Showing Progress"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Yes the rumors of Sharp Parks demise have been greatly exaggerated. All of the holes are open and the greens are green and rolling smoothly. The fairways are fine and setting is tranquil. You can feel Alistair.

Amenities are not great. Ball washers may or may not have water in them. Gas golf carts are of another era which added some charm for me. It was the first time that my grandson experienced a choke.

Staff and the locals are all gems.

We had breakfast at the Breakers and drove Highway 1 through the new (new to me) tunnel.

A grand day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Greens and fairways not so good."


u352099396's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2016
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Reviewed on

Fairways not very well maintained. Golfers not fixing divot marks on greens ( sad almost every course this is problem) no water in ball washers... towels don't look like they been replaced in year's. Too bad because course could be so much nicer.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"much improvement"


grammo09's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

I stopped playing sharp because of greens condition. Thought I would give it another try ? Glad I did ! Greens in much better shape now !!! Definitely worth playing now.good layout !


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great layout. Poor condition."


55madman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sharp Park resides in Pacifica, CA. It has a great layout with some holes requiring a carry over barrancas. The problem is course condition and kack of amenities. Bare patches in fairways and multiple ball marks on greens make rating this course any higher impossible. However, low prices are compelling.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"A relaxing stroll by the sea"


easy18's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The course is much improved from the recent rains and the greens that were replaced. All the holes are open, the fairways are lush and green but not mushy. The greens are in very good shape and the pace of play is almost always under 4 hours. A great deal for resident rates and reasonable for non-residents.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Cheaper in person"



1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/06/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Booked on golf now for 40$. Got paired with a single and the payed half the price. 4 temporary greens and conditions were terrible. The price was the real kicker. Didn't play the full 18.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Mixed emotions."


Askooze24's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/21/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

There were 4 temporary greens on the front nine. Grass was brown in many places and muddy in others.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Rare Alister MacKenzie designed track."


aliikane10's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Live about 50 miles from Sharp Park. Never played there, but decided to try it out because it is designed by the great Alister MacKenzie. For those who don't know, MacKenzie designed Augusta National where the Masters is played and other great courses like Pasatiempo. It is muni course played mostly by locals. It could be transformed into a great course but would need a lot of money to transform it.

Sharp park is a well designed course on a great piece of property next to the ocean. However, the condition of the course is not great. The course has lots of potential but the California drought and being city owned makes it difficult to improve the course. The track has some really good holes. Greens were in decent shape but were super slow. Many of the fairways are brown. Number 4, 5, 6, and 7 are temporary greens at the moment.

Limited practice facilities. Just a practice putting green. No range. They do have some nets but they don't look operational.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"The Sun Came Out!"


William3867874's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I love the overall layout and greens at this course. Unfortunately, the conditions are not great. The fairways are kikuyu, but spotty. The greens in the canyon (3-6) are temp for the next X months. Those are some cool holes, but I appreciate the move to upgrade the greens for the long term. This course needs a little love and it could be really good. P.S. let's get rid of the cartpaths on 16 and 17. I'll be back for my 2 rounds a year at Sharp Park.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Sharp Park - a fun 18 on the beach"


Richard9884815's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love this course - friendly staff, great crowd of locals, just keep out of froggy territory or you'll lose a sleeve of balls.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Designed by Alister Mackenzie"


Willow202's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you know golf you should be honered to play a course designed by Mackenzie. Sharp is old and under going much need yard work. They say the greens will remain true to the original design. We golfed with a great local named Jerry. He was full of history and it was a pleasure to golf with him. There are currently some temp greens. This course will be beautiful once the greens are completed. If you're from out of state, please remember CA is going through a severe drought....very dry and hard fairways.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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