How I See San Francisco: LPGA Player Christina Kim
Christina Kim is a three-time LPGA Tour winner and three-time Solheim Cup Team member. Ahead of the upcoming 2019 LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship, the Bay Area native and LPGA Tour professional shares some thoughts with us on San Francisco.
What makes the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship a must-see sporting experience?
It’s not very often you can get so up close to the world’s best athletes in their field. You can be right there while decisions are being made, while incredible shots are being struck, and you can feel really close to it all. The LPGA has some of the most engaging athletes of any sports league on the planet.
What makes the course at Lake Merced Golf Club unique?
Lake Merced is such an iconic golf course to those that know golf architecture and to golfers around the Bay Area. The layout is one of the most challenging and it is always in pristine condition.
When you're not practicing and playing, how will you enjoy your time in the Bay Area?
Any favorite spots in San Francisco you’ll try to get to when you're in town?
Aside from traipsing about Haight-Ashbury—where you can see so many awesome storefronts, people-watch to your heart’s desire and take in some of San Francisco’s history—I always take time out of my week to visit the Golden Gate Bridge. I remember being a little girl and seeing it, so vast and large, and being completely struck by its beauty.
You are originally from the Bay Area. Where did you make some of your favorite memories?
A lot of my favorite memories growing up are golf-related (or golf-adjacent). Concert venues like The Fillmore and The Warfield always stick out in my mind because music is such a part of my DNA. I remember my first concert was KAMP KOME, which was a one-day music festival at the Shoreline Amphitheater, which is next to Shoreline Golf Links, a place my family and I used to visit to work on my short-game. I learned how to mosh at the ripe old age of 12!
Lake Merced has always had a place in my heart, as well as Santa Clara Golf and Tennis, which is where I truly learned the game and honed my skills. Santa Cruz was always a romantic place for me, with its sleepy surfer/skater lifestyle, beautiful forested areas, and iconic beaches.
Chinatown in San Francisco has always had this amazing charm with its constant buzz, its incredible energy, vibrant colors and a beautiful cacophony of sounds and sights. It’s a great place to visit with zero itinerary and just indulge in the spontaneity.
Any last suggestions for visitors to San Francisco?
One of the very best things about San Francisco and the greater Bay Area in general is that you can have a day chock full of places to visit, of things to see, and of dishes to eat—but you can also have a day where you just wander the streets of any part of the city and find something wondrous and awe-inspiring. But definitely go to Oracle Park to watch the Giants. Get some iconic garlic fries. And a crab sandwich. And a Ghirardelli ice cream sundae. You won’t regret it. I’ll probably be in line with you!