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112th U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
JOE PASSOV
June 11, 2012
This much is not open for debate—San Francisco, host to next week's Open, is the most beautiful, diverse, eccentric and engaging city in the U.S. But here's the question: What kind of golfing town is it? SIGOLF+ went to the experts for the answer
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June 11, 2012

112th U.s. Open Championship

This much is not open for debate—San Francisco, host to next week's Open, is the most beautiful, diverse, eccentric and engaging city in the U.S. But here's the question: What kind of golfing town is it? SIGOLF+ went to the experts for the answer

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ONE AND DONE

HARDING PARK

In 1998 this muni was such a wreck that it was used as a parking lot for the U.S. Open. Seven years later—after a contentious, way-over-budget renovation spearheaded by Sandy Tatum (page 76)—Harding was Tour-worthy and hosting a thrilling American Express Championship, at which Tiger Woods beat John Daly in overtime. I love the feel-good story and awesome cypress trees but am not a huge Harding fan. All of the holes (except 18) look and play alike to me.

BEST VIEW

MIRA VISTA

People usually say the 17th at Lincoln Park, where you feel as if you can reach out and touch the Golden Gate Bridge. And that's not a bad choice. But another option is the 18th green at Mira Vista. You're at a soaring elevation in the East Bay, looking out at a broad sweep of the Bay that takes in San Francisco, the Golden Gate, Mount Tamalpais and more. Stunning.

COOLEST HEAD PRO

DEDE BRAUN-MORIARTY

Dede is the first female head pro in San Francisco and works at the Presidio. (Her husband, Mike, is a former San Francisco fireman and city champ.) She knows her stuff.

ONE-HOLE WONDER

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