Will Sharp Park belong to the people?

Pacifica wants to form a citizen’s task force dedicated to Sharp Park Golf Course, in an attempt to stay immersed in the battle to keep the San Francisco-owned course open for decades to come.

The 146-acre Sharp Park Golf Course, located in Pacifica, has been owned and operated by San Francisco for several decades. San Francisco’s public golf courses have been losing money for some years, and proposals — including leasing some of the courses to a nonprofit, turning them over to be operated by a private company or closing Sharp Park and Lincoln Park golf courses altogether — are being considered.

A lengthy list of residents and officials — including Mayor Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Supervisor Jake McGoldrick — have been loath to turn the courses over to a private company. However, Recreation and Park Department officials said they are still very early in the process and are still weighing their options.

Judging by an outcome of 50 to 60 people strong at an Oct. 8 community meeting on the issue and several officials firmly stating their desire to keep the golf course up and running, Pacifica decided a task force would be the best way to keep it involved as San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department determines what is best for the course, Pacifica City Manager Steve Rhodes said.

“With all the issues going on around the operation of the course, we thought it would be good to bring some local folks together on the issue and inform decisions made in San Francisco,” Rhodes said.

The City Council is scheduled to discuss the issue at its Monday meeting.

McGoldrick is unavailable for comment this week, but his legislative aide, Stephanie Tucker, said he is very much against privatization of The City’s golf courses.

“The supervisor is a very big believer in keeping things public,” Tucker said.

Pacifica residents and officials share that sentiment, Rhodes said.

“The bottom line is we want Sharp Park to stay a golf course,” Rhodes said. “Our fiscal position is such that we probably wouldn’t be able to operate it ourselves, but we certainly want to be part of the process.”

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