Five ‘Must Hoop’ Basketball Courts in San Francisco

Dive into our latest article on “Must Hoop” courts, where we showcase 5 awesome basketball courts in San Francisco that every player needs to see. Whether you’re just visiting and looking to explore some legendary courts, or you live in the city and want to get in on some pick-up games, these courts offer more than just a place to play—they provide an unforgettable experience. Imagine shooting hoops with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown skyline, or the serene bay in the background. From urban playgrounds to iconic venues, our list has got you covered. Check it out now and start planning your next basketball adventure in the City!

The first court ballers may think of when thinking of San Francisco is the famous Cameron House court. The “upper deck” court is the one that is seen in several movies and commercials for its amazing views of downtown San Francisco. However, the couple times I tried to get up there, it was closed off… so a warning about this private court, and why it isn’t one of the top 5 recommended below!

Potrero Hill Rec Center

Located in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, the Potrero Hill Recreation Center is a beloved community hub with a rich history. The Potrero Hill Recreation Center is more than just a sports facility; it’s a vital part of the Potrero Hill community. It serves as a gathering place where residents come together to participate in recreational activities, celebrate local events, and build community bonds. The court is open on weekends, and pick-up games on Sunday. You can just feel and smell that the court has been around for a hundred years, and the wood roofing and natural light make it a real memorable court.

One of the unique aspects of the Potrero Hill Recreation Center is its location. Situated on a hill, it offers stunning views of the San Francisco skyline, the bay, and landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge. These views add a special charm to the recreational experience when you walk down the hill from the indoor court to the Potrero Hill Recreation Playground outdoor court.

Walter Haas Playground

The Walter Haas Playground, located in the Diamond Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, was named after Walter A. Haas, Sr., a prominent San Francisco businessman and philanthropist who served as the president and chairman of Levi Strauss & Co. The playground was created to provide a recreational space for the local community and to honor Haas’s contributions to the city, and the full-basketball court feels like the center of it all. The playground has been a popular spot for families, offering panoramic views of the city and the bay, which add to its charm and appeal.

The Panhandle

The Nate Thurmond Panhandle basketball court is located in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park, a narrow, elongated park that stretches between Baker and Stanyan Streets, flanked by Oak Street and Fell Street. The court named after 14-year Golden State Warrior legend is a well-maintained full and half court and situated amidst the greenery of the Panhandle, providing a scenic and pleasant environment for playing basketball with some pretty high-level pick-up games.

Mission Dolores Park

Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most beloved and iconic parks, located in the vibrant Mission District. It’s known for its stunning views of downtown San Francisco, lush lawns, and diverse recreational facilities. The basketball court at Mission Dolores Park is one of the many recreational facilities available to visitors. It is an outdoor, asphalt court with standard hoops and is located on the park’s eastern side, near 18th Street and Church Street. The court is well-maintained and provides a popular spot for both casual and competitive play.

George Sterling Park

George Sterling Park basketball court is located in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The park is situated near the intersection of Larkin Street and Bay Street, and right above the crooked Lombard Street, providing a green oasis in a densely populated urban area. The park is named after George Sterling, a notable American poet who was part of the early 20th-century San Francisco literary scene. The basketball court is one of the key features of the park. It is an outdoor court with standard hoops and an asphalt surface, providing a space for basketball enthusiasts to play casual games, practice, and engage in friendly competition with views of the Golden Gate Bridge…. well, on a clear day.

Watch at the Chase Center or Hoop Nearby

Well, it’s not worth a visit to San Francisco without heading to the Chase Center. So, although you can’t play there without being on an NBA roster, you can catch a game! The Warrior’s arena is located in the Mission Bay neighborhood at 1 Warriors Way. The state-of-the-art arena opened on September 6, 2019, and rivals the old Oracle Arena that the Warriors played on prior.

The Mission Creek basketball court is located in the Mission Bay neighborhood and the closest court to get shots up near the Chase Center. It’s a popular spot for hoops with one full and one half court with the protection of the 280 freeway overpass.

Hope you find this little guide helpful, and feel free to use our basketball court map or San Francisco guide! You will find great courts all around you!


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