OK, so you’re not Lydia Ko and you can’t get into Lake Merced Golf Club except to watch the LPGA play. There’s still plenty of good golf, and even good weather, around the San Francisco Bay for women who want to play.
A few caveats, though. The finest golf courses in what’s known in these parts as “The City,” never Frisco or (Lydia notwithstanding) FrisKO, do not cater to visitors. They’re the private clubs like Lake Merced, the historic Olympic Club, and the ultra-private San Francisco Golf Club. The city’s municipal courses, even Harding Park, host to several PGA Tour events, lack basic on-course facilities—i.e. plumbing—that female golfers have come to expect.
Then there’s the weather. Mark Twain wasn’t kidding: Summer is winter in San Francisco. The fog can stay for days at a time and make golf a cold, damp and windy exercise.
But that weather can feel romantic and exhilarating. Or, you can take a ride and gain 40 degrees in an hour. So toss out the caveats and get your ticket to one of the world’s most beautiful cities, in one of the world’s most glorious regions, Northern California!