TPC Harding Park: PGA Championship Course Guide

The San Francisco parkland hosts its first ever Major at the 2020 PGA Championship

TPC Harding Park: PGA Championship Course Guide
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The San Francisco parkland hosts its first ever Major at the 2020 PGA Championship

TPC Harding Park: PGA Championship Course Guide

The PGA Championship marks the first Major of the year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and TPC Harding Park will host one of golf's big four for the first time.

The date might be different but the venue is the same, and after many months Harding Park remains as the venue to host its first ever Major.

Located just to the west of San Francisco in California, Harding Park dates all the way back to 1925.

It plays along the shores of Lake Merced and was designed by Willie Watson and Sam Whiting, who also designed the nearby Olympic Club, which hosted the 2012 US Open.

The 12th hole - where accuracy will be rewarded. (Photo by Gary Kellner/PGA of America via Getty Images)

A fun fact is that Harding Park's fairways once served as the car park for the 1987 US Open at the Olympic Club.

Golf fans will remember the course hosting the WGC-American Express Championship in 2005, won by Tiger Woods, as well as the 2009 Presidents Cup and the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play, won by Rory McIlroy.

The 468 yard par-4 18th. (Photo by Gary Kellner/PGA of America via Getty Images)

It also hosted numerous PGA Tour events in the 1960's, with winners including Gary Player, Billy Casper and Ken Venturi .

It's an undulating parkland lined by the beautiful Cypress pine trees and the par 72 measures just under 7,200 yards.

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"As soon as I played the course, I liked it. It’s a fair test of golf. You get rewarded for good shots. It suited my eye. I like big trees that frame holes and you’ve got a lot of definition to work the ball off stuff," Rory McIlroy said of TPC Harding Park.

The 175 yard par-3 17th. (Photo by Gary Kellner/PGA of America via Getty Images)

Whilst it's expected to play fairly easy by Major golf standards, the fairways have been pinched in to just 60% of their usual width and the rough is expected to be long and juicy.

It's certainly going to favour the straighter hitters, and length probably won't do you any harm either.

The course features four par-5s and three of them come within four holes at the 9th, 10th and 12th - they're certainly where players will be looking to make their score.

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Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5