501 Stanyan St.
Handball — the four-walled version, not the super-rad Olympic sport that no one in America plays — is the ultimate old-dude endeavor. The real canny pros know how to play all the angles, helping to eliminate any needless running around, which means that some of the most feared players are the ones with hefty beer guts. The handball courts in Golden Gate Park—situated between the Cal Academy of Sciences and the Big Rec baseball fields—offer a glimpse into the big-bellied wonders who help comprise SF's robust handballing community. Even though the facilities (concrete walls, debris-pasted wood floors, leaky roofs) haven't been upgraded since the Hoover era, it's still a blast to compete in the old-school relic. Whether you prefer to play or watch along with the gaggle of homeless dudes, GGP's handball courts are a perfect venue for an offbeat sporting experience.