The Lincoln Park Golf Course, surrounding the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, has been open to the public for over 100 years.
At the turn of the 20th century, municipal golf courses did not exist in the San Francisco area. However, golf was fast gaining popularity, and those who could not afford country club memberships had no place to participate in the sport. In 1902 a few city employees procured Potter's Field, a former segregated cemetery, as the new site for a three-hole municipal course. By 1917 the course had expanded to a full 18 holes after the removal of the cemetery in 1914.
Lincoln Park Golf Course, open year round, is a par-68 course with plenty of excellent surroundings and views of the San Francisco Bay, the city of San Francisco, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The golf course, which holds various tournaments throughout the year, provides carts and clubs for rent and a pro on the premises.
Located just 5 miles west of downtown San Francisco, Lincoln Park Golf Course is also convenient to other nearby tourist sites: Presidio of San Francisco, Land's End Trail, USS San Francisco Memorial, Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden, and Japanese Tea Garden.: