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TPC Harding Park, venue for the 2015 WGC Cadillac Match Play, began hosting major amateur tournaments soon after opening, most notably, the USGA National Public Links Championship, and the San Francisco City Championship.

In 1944, the course began hosting PGA TOUR tournaments with the Victory Open. Shortly after, the course established itself as one of the top golf courses on the West Coast; where it became a regular stop for PGA TOUR events up until the end of the decade, when budgetary cuts caused the course to fall into poor conditions. The course further deteriorated, reaching its lowest point in 1998, when it was used as a parking lot during the U.S. Open at Olympic Club. 

At the turn of the century was the renovation of Harding Park. In an effort to restore it to its former glory, Frank “Sandy” Tatum, a respective lawyer, accomplished golfer, and former USGA President, rallied together local businesses and political leaders, the USGA, the San Francisco Recreation and Park, and the PGA TOUR’s Tim Finchem. 

Tatum thoughtfully utilizing his resources by strategically holding a tournament there to quickly pump some cash into the local economy. Finchem supported the idea of reestablishing a presence in the Bay Area market, and also entertained the idea of playing high-profile tournament at a truly public course. Combined efforts resulted in a $16 million restoration in 2002-2003 featuring a complete re-design to the course. The result was a highly acclaimed championship course that maintains the character and integrity of the original layout, but incorporates design elements and infrastructure to accommodate today’s players. 

The 15-month project included expanding the course from 6,743 yards to nearly 7,200 yards in length, enhancing the driving range, clubhouse and restaurant, upgrade the nine-hole layout of Fleming and later establishing The First Tee of San Francisco in 2004. TPC Harding Park Golf Course officially reopened August 22, 2003. 

Since its recent renovations, TPC Harding Park is championship-worthy once again, hosting several PGA TOUR events such as, the 2005 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, The Presidents Cup 2009, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2013, as well as this week’s World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play. The PGA of America, the PGA TOUR and the City and County of San Francisco announced a partnership last year that pledged to bring the 2020 PGA Championship and The Presidents Cup 2025 to continue the tradition of the PGA TOUR in San Francisco.