Gleneagles GC at McLaren Park is both a 9 hole course, with two sets of tee boxes, which allows one to play a full 18 holes. Set on the south side of McLaren Park in San Francisco, it’s the only course on the eastern, less foggy side of San Francisco. It is a course defined by it’s location on the southern slope of the park. This dominant elevation change leads to uneven fairways throughout much of the course. This elevation is paired with challenging greens peppered with sand traps. The front 9 is played from the blue tees, and the back 9 is played along the same fairways, but from the yellow tees.
The course has a slope of 130, making it one of the toughest courses around San Francisco for high handicappers. Keeping the ball in the fairway will be difficult, as is made immediately apparent on the first tee shot. The fairways flatten out for a few holes midway through, but begin sloping again for the last few holes.
The course is paired with a cozy bar full of golfing decor. There isn’t much of a pro shop or much food, but you’ll often find members there spending their afternoons discussing the morning’s round.