Golden Gate Park

Golf Course Back in Business After Clubhouse Burns

The Golden Gate Park Golf Course has reopened in a temporary trailer after a July 2 fire destroyed its clubhouse.

The debris of the clubhouse, which was built in 1951, was fully removed within weeks. Food service is limited at the golf course, but all other operations have resumed.

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 A trailer has replaced the burnt-out golf clubhouse. Photos: Liborio Gangi

The SF Fire Department is investigating the cause of the two-alarm blaze, which was reported at 2:47 a.m. at the nine-hole, par 3 course, which sits on the western end of Golden Gate Park.

There were no injuries in the blaze.

“The staff of Golden Gate Park Golf Course would like to thank all of our faithful customers and the local community,” said Justin Moore, general manager of the course. “We have received hundreds of emails and phone calls showing support after the fire. It truly means a great deal to the golf course staff. The support and kind words have given  us the motivation to resume normal operations.”

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 Clubhouse manager Joe Koran (above) said: “It
took a week to do the demolition and the temporary
clubhouse reopened on July 13.”

The course and clubhouse are SF Recreation and Park Department property, which are leased to the Golden Gate Park Golf Development Foundation, a  non-profit organization that nurtures local youth life skills development through golf. The course is home to the First Tee San Francisco program.

“The Golden Gate Park Golf Course means so much to so many,” said Phil Ginsburg, the SF Recreation and Park Department’s general manager. “Countless San Franciscans have fallen in love with the game there, and we wanted to make sure golfers of all abilities could get back to honing their skills.”

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