TPC Harding Park — Hole No. 16
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TPC Harding Park

San Francisco, California

TPC Harding Park — Hole No. 16
TPC Harding Park steps back into the spotlight by hosting the 2020 PGA Championship, the year's first major championship. The San Francisco muni, which has a rich history of hosting prestigious local and national tournaments, is lined by cypress trees and captivating views of adjoining Lake Merced. Harding Park's inherent beauty will be enhanced by the lack of spectators, due to restrictions in place from the pandemic. (Photo: Chip Henderson Photography)
Harding Park — PGA Championship
TPC Harding Park opened in 1925, the handiwork of seldom recognized course architect William Watson. While the 2020 PGA Championship will be the first major hosted by Harding Park, the San Francisco municipal course has hosted two U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships (1937 and 1956), two World Golf Championships (2005 and 2015) and the 2009 Presidents Cup. It has also hosted several PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions events.  (Photo: PGA of America)
TPC Harding Park — Hole No. 1
Harding Park Golf Club, which was rebranded TPC Harding Park as part of the TPC Network of courses in 2010, was designed and built by William Watson and Sam Whiting for $300 in 1925. A year earlier, on the other side of adjoining Lake Merced, Watson and Whiting collaborated on the building of Olympic Club's Lake and Ocean courses. Pictured is the par-4 first hole. (Photo: Chip Henderson Photography)
TPC Harding Park — Hole No. 7
TPC Harding Park was originally to be named Lake Merced Municipal Links, which is located against the course's western boundary. Civic leaders, though, opted to name the course after President Warren G. Harding, who was an avid golfer and passed away while in San Francisco in 1923. Pictured is the par-4 seventh hole.  (Photo: Chip Henderson Photography)
Harding Park Golf Club — 1955
An aerial view of Harding Park Golf Club, at top, in 1955. The Olympic Club is located at the bottom, below Lake Merced, while the San Francisco Golf Club is to the right. In 1956, Harding Park hosted the San Francisco City Championship, one of the eras top amateur events. Ken Venturi, a local favorite and the 1950 and '53 champion, defeated Harvie Ward, the 1955 San Francisco City and reigning U.S. and British Amateur champion, in the final.  ()
TPC Harding Park — Hole No. 15
During the 1970s and '80s, the municipally-owned Harding Park, once considered a jewel among California golf courses, suffered a structural decline. An outdated irrigation system led to issues with the fairways, which were growing daisies, and a number of greens featured bare spots. In the late 1990s, Sandy Tatum Jr., who starred at Stanford University in the 1940s and served as president of the U.S. Golf Association from 1978 to 1980, prodded the PGA Tour to get involved with Harding Park. In 2005, a revived Harding Park hosted its first PGA Tour event in nearly 40 years.  (Photo: Chip Henderson Photography)
TPC Harding Park — Hole No. 18
TPC Harding Park, whose holes are thoroughly lined by cypress trees, will play to par 70 and 7,234 yards for the 2020 PGA Championship. The par-4 18th hole is a daunting 463 yards and incorporates scenic Lake Merced off the tee and all along the hole's left side.  (Photo: Chip Henderson Photography)