Wednesday, April 08, 2009
The Sharp Park Controversy
The San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate is featuring an article today by Marisa Lagos about San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi's proposed legislation to turn Sharp Park golf course in Pacifica into a nature preserve (click here). The legislation is being opposed by Supervisor Sean Elsbernd and most city officials in Pacifica who were never even consulted. Though I tend to agree with Mirkarimi and oppose Elsbernd on most issues, in this case the Green supervisor is dead wrong and Elsbernd is right. The Sharp Park golf course is a low-priced municipal jewel that was one of the last creations of Alister Mackenzie (below), who was the architect for many of the greatest golf courses in the United States according to the magazine Golf Digest, including its #1 choice Augusta where the Masters is being played this week.
Tearing out Sharp Park Golf Course on ecological grounds is a bit like tearing down a Frank Lloyd Wright house because it's ruining the pristine environment. For photos and an earlier post on this blog about the issue, click here.