A few days after our return home from Barcelona last Fall I drove across the Bay Bridge to have lunch with my siblings and a cousin and their respective spouses at the Presidio Café in the clubhouse of the Presidio Golf Course. After lunch we exited via the clubhouse back door and took a walk through the old military reservation that is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
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We passed a few holes on the venerable golf course that was founded in 1895 and has been open to the public since 1995 and followed the trail northerly to the Cemetery Overlook where we gazed at one of the best views in the world. We then followed the path southwesterly until we reached Mountain Lake and then completed our circular walk by heading east and returning to the clubhouse parking lot where we left our cars. It was a pleasant walk that lasted about 90 minutes (We dawdled a lot; it should only take 30 to 45 minute for the average walker).
The Presidio Café is located at 300 Finley Drive just off Arguello Blvd and just inside the Arguello Gate to the Presidio. I opted for brunch that day (Eggs Benedict – $13) while everyone else had lunch. You might want to think about making a reservation. See here for their menus.
The National Park Service manages the coastal portions of the Presidio while the golf course and cafe and other places in the Presidio’s interior are by an act of Congress in 1996 under the auspices of the Presidio Trust. See here for more information on the Presidio Golf Course and here for information on places to see and events to attend in the Presidio.
The San Francisco National Cemetery is maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The only other cemetery within the city limits of San Francisco is at Mission Dolores. See here for more information.