Then again, most would argue that Harding Park offers better play than just about any muni course out there. "Yes, it's a municipal golf course," said Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, an enthusiastic supporter of Harding Park who represents its district. "But when you get to play the same shots that Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh and all of them played, I think it's still a heck of a deal."
Indeed, a more appropriate comparison might be made with San Diego's famous Torrey Pines course, which hosted the U.S. Open in 2008. Weekend rounds at its south course are $218 for nonresidents and $73 for residents, according to the Torrey Pines website. (Golfweek magazine ranked Torrey Pines the fifth-best municipal course in the country this year. Harding Park wasn't far behind, at No. 10.)
In other words, compared to other courses of its caliber, Harding might still be a deal for visitors -- those who have $200 to spend on a round of golf, at least.
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