How to Best Experience the 2020 PGA Championship
The 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park runs May 11 - 17, 2020 and marks the first of three major PGA championship golf events coming to San Francisco over the next decade. As one of the world’s premier sporting events, the PGA Championship perennially delivers the strongest and deepest international field in men’s major championship golf and is also synonymous with historic moments that resonate with golf fans everywhere. Over the course of the PGA Championship week, there are countless ways for you to experience world-class golf and enjoy your time at Harding Park and throughout San Francisco.
Here are some tips on how to fully experience this championship San Francisco event.
Schedule of Events
The PGA Championship is a week-long event, from Opening Day Monday, May 11, 2020 to Championship Sunday, May 17, 2020. A major championship week is always filled with fantastic memories regardless of the day fans choose to attend.
- Monday, May 11: Opening Day, including first player practice rounds. Practice rounds provide a great chance to get close to the players as they hone their craft and prepare for the challenge that lies ahead.
- Tuesday, May 12: Junior League Day and day two of practice rounds.
- Wednesday, May 13: Host City Day and final practice round.
- Thursday, May 14 - Saturday, May 16: Championship Rounds 1-3. The entire field of challengers begin on Thursday and the final cut occurs after play on Friday, May 15. The final field of players begin their move on Saturday.
- Sunday, May 17: Championship Final Round.
TPC Harding Park is located at Lake Merced in San Francisco, adjacent to the Sunset District and San Francisco State University. Driving directions to Harding Park can be found here. Please note, however, that very limited parking will be available and fans are strongly encouraged to utilize public transportation or ride sharing. Guests can check SFMTA Muni options through the Trip Planner here.
A dynamic, multi-modal transportation plan for access to Harding Park via public transportation, including Muni, BART, and Caltrain, is being developed by the PGA of America. Maps and additional transportation specifics will be available in the near future.
Where to Watch
There are countless areas to watch the action once you arrive. It all depends on your appetite for crowds, efficiency, and comfort. Several hole layouts will allow for fans to see the world’s best golfers, like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and back-to-back PGA Champion Brooks Koepka, from multiple vantage points. Guests with Lakeside Club tickets along the 13th hole will be able to witness golfers putting on the 12th green and bringing out their drivers to pound the fairway off the 13th tee. Grandstands will also be built along tee boxes throughout the course that will allow fans to watch waves of golfers tee off with hundreds of cameras and media members in close proximity.
What to Eat
San Francisco is a culinary capital, and the Sunset neighborhood is no exception. Make a reservation at Outerlands (4001 Judah St.) for a decadent brunch or delicious dinner. Thanh Long (4101 Judah St.), a Vietnamese restaurant, is known for its roasted crab and garlic noodles. Pastries, bread, and comfort food can all be found at Devil's Teeth Baking Company (3876 Noriega St.).
Where to Go Before and After the Tournament
If you're looking for local bars with neighborhood flavor, you can't do much better than the establishments in the Sunset. Visit Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company (1735 Noriega St.) for their Foggy Lager and great small plates. Woods Outbound (4045 Judah St.) is a tiny taproom short on space but big on quality. Don't miss their empanadas! For a real laid-back vibe, head to The Riptide (3639 Taraval St.).
What to Wear
San Francisco temperatures typically range from 51° to 64° Fahrenheit in May. It is recommended to bring a jacket as well as a number of short and long sleeve shirts. This will allow you to add and remove layers as needed as the weather changes, as the coastal fog affects nearby Harding Park.
The PGA Championship is a fan favorite and attracts a large number of spectators. One way to ensure an on-the-course vantage point is to volunteer. Learn more here.