Drew Walker is a walking encyclopedia of obscure facts. He’s chock full of both useless and useful information and can wax poetic with the best of ‘em (See: His thoughtful response to the final interview question below). He drives the greens of par 4’s, and he drives me to the golf course. This makes him long off the tee, and a truly great friend. Read on to learn how the line between Golf and Life is blurry, for Drew Walker.
Muni Mission: How long have you been playing golf at Lincoln Park Golf Course?
Drew Walker: 23 years.
Muni Mission: Over that time, what has changed most, if anything at all, about the golf course?
Drew Walker: Lincoln Park was much more densely wooded and forested. The El Nino weather event in 1997-98 disturbed much of the natural landscape, reducing existing tree count.
MM: Your Lowest Career Round at Lincoln Park GC?
MM: Your Favorite Hole to play at Lincoln Park GC?
MM: Your Least Favorite Hole to play at Lincoln Park GC?
MM: What do you wish was different about Lincoln Park GC?
DW: It’s lack of short game and drive range facilities.
MM: To me, Lincoln Park Golf Course is very unique and unlike any municipal golf course out there. To someone that has never been to San Francisco, what elements at Lincoln Park give it a unique Bay Area vibe?
DW: The course is mostly unchanged and unkept much like it’s immediate surroundings.
MM: Harding Park and Lincoln Park are completely different golf courses, but they are both part of the city and just a few miles apart. In what ways are they the same?
DW: Many of the long time residents of The Richmond, The Sunset and beyond know the two as sister courses before the revamping of Harding Park. It is the memory of Harding’s vintage legacy that links the two together.
MM: What can the Lincoln Park Golf Club do to attract new players?
DW: Try and connect with the young “community”. Additional dues from the newer, younger members could support comprehensive golf trips, additional prizes and featured events.
MM: What characteristic do you have that serves you best on the golf course during a competitive round?
DW: My ability to be social and connect with people allows me to stay in touch with the group during a round for leisure or competition. Although mutually important, the ability to establish sportsmanlike conduct surpasses the need to invoke rules when disputes arise. This lends itself to diplomacy in times when myself or others need to resolve necessary matters on the course.
MM: In general, I feel that many golfers don’t drink enough water or consume enough food/snacks while they play. Do you have a favorite food item to carry with you in your golf bag?
DW: Yogurt and power bars serve me well. I would like to include more trail mix in the future.
MM: Lastly, give us your most treasured piece of advice that you take with you each time you play golf.
DW: Golf should be cherished as a metaphor for the deepest realities of life. Above all is the potential to engage in the idealistic possibility of achieving greatness at any given moment. While perfection is the goal, the will to get better in tandem to the inexorable human condition of constant change makes each day different than the last. It is this impermanence that teaches us to shed our apprehension of the greater reality and discover the moment or zone that can make any player wholly successful. We realize submitting to the present allows action to follow intention and confers convincingly the expression of golf to be the most creative, fluid and artistic actions ever pursued.