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A San Francisco Municipal Golf Course



It’s the premier golf facility in San Francisco, offering golfers the opportunity to play “Play Where the Pros Play.” And the pros are coming to TPC Harding Park for the PGA Championship in 2020!  For more information click here:

Since 1925, TPC Harding Park’s majestic layout and beautiful amenities have made it a favorite of PGA TOUR players, local residents (like Giants relief pitcher George Kontos and Inside China Basin host Joe Castellano who calls it his favorite course) and visitors alike. Golf Digest recognizes it as one of the “Best Places You Can Play” in America. From hometown favorites Ken Venturi and Johnny Miller to iconic PGA TOUR players Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, virtually every great name in golf has played at TPC Harding Park.

They have a Championship 18-hole course and a challenging 9-hole course. Other amenities include:

• A Practice Facility open to the public – full swing practice tee, chipping and putting greens along with instruction programs taught by a talented team of PGA professionals.

• The Cypress Grill, open to the public seven days a week – breakfast, lunch and light evening snacks.

• Meeting and Event Space – From intimate rehearsal dinners, holiday parties and charity functions to golf tournaments, business meetings and corporate seminars, TPC Harding Park specializes in creating memorable events for every taste, style and budget.

• Home to the First Tee of San Francisco.

TPC Harding Park is the only public golf course in San Francisco offering golfers the opportunity to “Play Where the Pros Play.” In addition to the upcoming Match Play tournament, it’s also been the home to other PGA TOUR events such as the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the 2009 Presidents Cup , the 2005 American Express Championship and coming in 2020 the PGA Championship! Additionally, they are home to the San Francisco City Championship, which is the oldest consecutively played amateur competition in the world.

TPC Harding Park Logo (300x300)If you are a San Francisco resident, you are in for a great deal! TPC Harking Park offers the Resident Rate – a discounted rate for golfers whom reside in San Francisco (Must have valid Resident Card issued by the City of San Francisco). They also frequently offer dining and golf specials. So, if you want consistent course conditions, great customer service and quality food at an affordable price, TPC Harding Park is the place for you! What are you waiting for? Book a or call the Pro Shop at 415.664.4690 ext.0.


Giants GM Bobby Evans and CF Denard Span

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We continue our coverage in Scottsdale, Arizona chatting Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans, and new CF Denard Span, who hit over .300 three times in his eight-year career.

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Span tells The Sports Virus about playing in the spacious AT&T outfield with his new teammates: “…It’s going to be big that we’re all on the same page.”

Listen To Bobby Evans and Denard Span

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Catch It: Back in SF After Spring Training

BALL, GLOVEWelcome to CATCH IT! — Joe Castellano’s personal observations about what’s going on in the world of sports.

Spring Training 2016 for me was brief and hot, but special nonetheless.

The Giants players were relaxed and confident and why wouldn’t they be? High priced acquisitions Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija (Listen Here to Podcast with Samardzija) should pump life into a rotation that outside of Madison Bumgarner was subpar in 2015. Denard Span is the perfect lead-off man. Can he stay healthy IMG_HUNTER PENCE 2 FROM NOR CAL PHOTOthough? Can Hunter Pence have a healthy season? It didn’t start out well for Pence with achilles tendinitis right off the bat. It also was a bummer for Matt Cain to have minor surgery to remove a cyst before he could even throw in a spring game. How is Joe Panik’s back? Andrew Susac’s wrist? I saw Susac hit a bullet to left field for a homer. (Listen Here to Podcast with Cain and Susac). That’s a good sign.

As I was leaving Scottsdale Stadium on a 90-degree day last week I got to the centerfield bleacher area on my way to the parking lot. Suddenly I heard the PA announcer, “…now batting for the Giants, WILLIAMSONMac Williamson!” Ok, I’ve seen the kid in San Jose and briefly with San Francisco. Gotta watch this AB before I head to the airport. Well, Mac, I was getting nervous about making that flight. You had quite an AB. I couldn’t just watch one or two pitches. Had to see the whole drama play out. Nasty slider, he lays off, ball one. Blazing fastball, fouled straight back, one and one. Curve, taken outside ball two. Fastball in, and Mac lines a bullet to left field driving in a run. Nice job.

I made the flight fine despite the car rental being in a different zip code than the Phoenix Airport and long lines at security.

This time of year fans and media are making predictions and wondering who THE key player or players are on a team. “If Cain can bounce back that will be the difference,” I heard someone say. “The lineup is solid, this team is going to the World Series,” said another fan.

The talk of the spring were the great arms in the Giants pen. No more Jeremy Affeldt. Can the young fireballers like Josh Osich and Hunter Strickland handle the late game stress if Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla fade? What about this kid Ray Black who throws over 100 mph? Jake Smith anyone? He throws in the high 90’s. I saw them pitch in San Jose and it is highly entertaining. Even Javier Lopez told me he is fascinated by hearing the pop of the mitt when these guys warm up (Hear entire interview with Lopez on March 30).

I was walking out of the dentist office today in San Francisco and chatted briefly on an elevator with an elderly woman who was wearing a spring training 2012 shirt. Her kid used to go every year and got her a shirt every year. I told her I just got back from Scottsdale and it was great. As we opened our umbrellas to walk out into the rainy weather she said, “I knew in 2012 we were going to win every even year. This is the year again!” I said, “Yeah, no pressure.”

Crawford jerseyThis city has been awash in Warriors fever all winter and with good reason, but now it’s time for baseball too. After my encounter with the even year prognosticator I walked into Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco and there were Warriors and Giants shirts everywhere. They have a Giants Dugout store in the mall filled with Posey, Bumgarner and Crawford jerseys. Even a single Joe Panik jersey hung in the middle of the store. What, no Matt Duffy? (Listen Here to Podcast with Duffy and Posey) Don’t these people know that he’s going to be a regular guest on my Inside China Basin podcast? Soon enough they will be clicking on the new Duffman’s corner tab and hear him all season.

Later in the day, I stopped at a Starbucks in Union Square. Grande, black, iced tea. Unsweetened. I am such a creature of habit. Can’t wait to read my SF Chronicle to see what John Shea and Henry Shulman are writing today. I look around and everyone is on their phone. They must also be reading John and Henry online. This city isjohn shea hey podcasts obsessed with the Giants. Soon enough, the Shea Hey podcasts as part of Inside China Basin will begin again (Listen Here to 2015 Podcast with John Shea). In the meantime, if you aren’t enjoying the Sporting Green newspaper, I encourage you check out John’s columns: John Shea on SF Gate

One topic I’m looking forward to chatting with Shea about is the new rule regarding slides into second base. You already heard Posey talk about it being a good move to eliminate the unnecessary rolling block slides like we saw from Chase Utley of the Dodgers in the NL Division Series last season against the Mets.

I like the rule, but the additional elimination of the neighborhood play actually worries me. That was another way to protect these middle infielders and I think it was ok as long as they didn’t miss the bag by more than a couple of inches. Former Giants SS Rich Aurilia will give his views on the subject on Inside China Basin on Friday so don’t miss that podcast.

There goes a person on Sutter Street wearing a Giants cap. Opening Day can’t come soon enough for a lot of people.

But, as I’m about to leave Starbucks, another San Francisco native puts it all in perspective in a city that has so much going on. “I don’t follow the Giants,” she said. “How are they doing?”

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49ers Extra With Steve Bono, OT Win In Season Finale, But Lights Turned Out For Tomsula

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Every Tuesday this season we chatted with Former 49ers QB Steve Bono. Today we close out the 2015 season and talk about the Niners 5-11 season and what the team needs to do going forward in the wake of the firing of Head Coach Jim Tomsula. Bono spent 14 seasons in the NFL. He had a 5-1 record in his 6 Niners starts and finished his career 28-14 overall.


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Bono talked to The Sports Virus about QB Blaine Gabbert: “…”the problem is they couldn’t get a receiver to get open…“he deserves to go into off season thinking that he’s the starting QB going forward.”

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