The beautiful weather that occured Nov. 12 was a good omen for the Ninth Annual Alister MacKenzie Tournament to Save Sharp Park, back from a three-year Covid break and enjoyed by a full field of young men and women -- a new generation of Alister MacKenzie fans.

Sharp Park Golf Club President Bob Downing called the course conditions the best he has ever seen -- thanks to an understaffed-but-hard-working greens crew.  

The golf auction was its strongest ever, featuring Top-100 courses from Coast to Coast: Winged Foot, Baltusrol. Camargo, Canterbury, and Somerset Hills on the East to Monterey Peninsula, Spyglass, and Olympic Club’s Lakeside on the West.

 At a post-golf lunch in the Clubhouse, architects Jay Blasi and Peter Flory shared their vision for a Sharp Park restoration.  Flory is a Chicago-based historic golf restoration specialist, who consulted with Tom Doak on the recent restoration of Charles Blair Macdonald’s fabled Lido Golf Club on a Wisconsin sandlot.  Blasi recently finished his work to restore the 9-hole Golden Gate Park short course at the west end of Golden Gate Park.  

Look for another event at Sharp Park in the summer of 2024.