Lake Merced Golf Club

Daly City, CA Private

Overview

Lake Merced is one of the latest clubs to benefit from the restoration work of Gil Hanse, Jim Wagner and their team. In 1962 a freeway forced a major overhaul of the work Alister Mackenzie did in 1929 and 1930, changing the look and feel of the golf course. Gone were the deep barrancas, sandy waste areas and Mackenzie's signature mounding and bunker designs. Hanse recaptured these lost features using what he often does—expansive research using historical photos and aerials. All 18 green and tee complexes were rebuilt, but perhaps most dramatically, 150,000 square feet of bunkers were refurbished to match Mackenzie’s signature style. What has emerged is a revitalization of one of California’s great courses that will further both Hanse’s and Mackenzie’s legacy as two of the most important architects in the game.

About

Holes 18
Length 6915
Slope 134
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1923
Designer Willie Locke/(R) Alister MacKenzie/(R) Robert Muir Graves/(R) Rees Jones/(R) Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

2023-'24 ranking in California: 51st (previously unranked).

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.2

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.9264
Character
6.9488
Challenge
7.0389
Layout Variety
6.9164
Fun
6.9351
Aesthetics
6.91
Conditioning
6.9724

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