Sharp Park is a neighborhood located in the town of Pacifica, about ten miles south of San Francisco. The district contains an oceanside golf course owned and operated by the City and County of San Francisco.
The Sharp Park links are extremely vulnerable to flooding because the land was built on top of a former wetland and coastal lagoon complex. Flooding comes from hillside run-off and ocean waves. To protect the links from the surf, a rip-rap seawall was built on the beach.
Pacifica’s coastline is naturally eroding. At some point, the golf course will either need to move inland or the beach will narrow until it is submerged. Just like at Sloat, sand replenishment is not a sustainable option.
Tor preserve the beach for future generations, we advocate that the golf course be decommissioned, the seawall removed, and the wetland restored.
For more information on our work at Sharp Park, search our coastal preservation blog.
Below is a key resource about the viability of a restored Sharp Park wetland:
- Laguna Salada – scientific study on the golf course watershed