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County eyes public golf course lease: Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica operated by city of San Francisco
December 29, 2015, 05:00 AM Daily Journal staff report

County Manager John Maltbie and his legal team will sit down in closed session with San Francisco officials to discuss possibly leasing the Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica.

Earlier this year, Maltbie hired an outside consultant to assess the financial feasibility of leasing the municipal golf course, according to a report to the board.

The golf course has been the subject of lawsuits over threatened frogs and endangered snakes that thrive in the area.

Restoration of the course is estimated to cost $10 million, however, according to a 2009 study by the San Francisco Parks Commission.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in 2012 to explore the possibility of taking over management of the golf course, which takes up about 120 acres of the 400-acre park adjacent to the ocean and south of the Pacifica Pier.

Officials with both counties started to negotiate a 30-year lease for San Mateo County to manage the golf course but a lawsuit by environmental groups alleging that San Francisco failed to maintain the habitat for the red-legged frogs and San Francisco garter snakes slowed those talks.

A judge has since dismissed the lawsuit.

The course is owned by San Francisco and is managed by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

The land was a gift to the city of San Francisco in 1917 by the estate of Honora Sharp. The gift was given on the condition the land be used exclusively for a public playground or park or be turned back to the heirs of the estate.

The fate of the golf course has been in limbo for years.

In late 2011, an ordinance by San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos proposed that the golf course be managed by the National Park Service. That proposal could have led to the closure of the course, however, since federal officials said they were not interested in managing a golf course. Mayor Ed Lee ultimately vetoed the proposal.

In 2007, city officials said the course was a money loser and poorly maintained.

In 2012, while the two counties were negotiating lease terms, Supervisor Dave Pine said: “There’s no doubt that San Mateo County could manage the course better.”

Supervisor Don Horsley described the course then as “the heart and soul of Pacifica.”

A report by Maltbie in November to the board said a consultant was hired to assess the feasibility of “purchasing” the golf course. His office indicated Monday, however, that the negotiations are limited to leasing the land.

The closed session is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 5, 400 County Center, Redwood City.



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