Save Sharp Park
The purpose of this post is to ask for your participation as a voice for golf in Northern California on an action that has the potential of being detrimental to all golf courses.
As you may be aware, Sharp Park Golf Course, located in Pacifica just outside of San Francisco, has had a lawsuit filed against the course to close it based on the Endangered Species Act. This lawsuit, which is unique in that it is against an existing course rather than one that is seeking a permit to build, will commence in July 2012. In the interim, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted last Tuesday (6-5) in favor of closing the golf course and turning it over to the National Park Service.
Mayor Lee of San Francisco is expected to exercise his powers to veto the decision to close the golf course. The actions taken against Sharp Park are not limited to this unique seaside golf course. Any golf course that contains a habitat of an endangered species is also at risk depending on the results of the lawsuit. We are therefore asking you to please click on the link below to notify Mayor Lee that you do not want to see Sharp Park Golf Course closed. Your voice, on behalf of golf is extremely important.
These actions toward Sharp Park have nothing to do with the financial viability of the operation; it is about an environmentalist attack against the properties that golf courses occupy. It is a very well calculated, and well funded strategy to close and or significantly impact golf courses by protecting the habitats of protected species. The injunction hearing held on November 18 was a request to stop Sharp Park from mowing and maintaining 10 holes in effort to protect the Red-legged Frog and San Francisco Garter Snake. Fortunately the injunction was denied by Federal Court Judge Illston.
You can learn more about this via the website www.Sfpublicgolf.com, but please, make your voice heard by accessing the links below. Contact Mayor Lee to urge his veto of the supervisors actions and make your opinions known to the SF board of supervisors as well to save Sharp Park. Letters, e-mails and opinions must be received by Tuesday, December 20.
- Click here to e-mail Mayor Lee
- Click here to e-mail the Board of Supervisors (the 11 individual e-mail addresses are on the next page)
- USGA Supports Sharp Park