Gaping bunkers surround every putting surface. The absolute highlight of a round there is the burger dog at the halfway house. I had a chance to play this amazing facility and was lucky enough to be paired with two very accomodating members. In this regard it is the antithesis of Whistling Straits with its close to 1,000 bunkers. Yes, it's been lengthened from the tips to cater for professional tournaments but here people really need to play the right tee, even if that means more forward than their ego would like. The 18th hole says it all, when teeing off the greenside bunkers spell out "I O U". The first time I played the famous Lake course at The Olympic Club in 2009 was a true slog. Amazingly, those same people when playing nearby at San Francisco GC will say the completely opposite thing. The Lake Course is a challenge, every single time I play it. I have played 7 of the top ten. Respond to above review  Honestly, no difference between hole 11 and hole14? It is simply that -- long. I have to be honest: I was not 100% familiar with the entire course, I only had a clear picture of #1, #16 and #18, every other hole was a completely new walk for me! 524 Post St, San Francisco, California 94102, San Francisco County, WE AND OUR PARTNERS USE COOKIES ON THIS SITE TO IMPROVE OUR SERVICE, PERFORM ANALYTICS, PERSONALIZE ADVERTISING, MEASURE ADVERTISING PERFORMANCE, AND REMEMBER WEBSITE PREFERENCES. I emphasis difficulty does not determine how good a course is. Tee: Black (6,934 - Par 71) By 1922, the Club had acquired enough acreage to replace the original golf course with two 18-hole golf courses. All great tracks (well, Harding is so-so). My only complaint is the tricky greens. Historical notes: In 1918, the Olympic Club took over the Lakeside Golf Club, which had opened in 1917 but was struggling financially.Lakeside's 18-hole course was designed by Wilfred Reid, but following additional land purchase the Olympic Club decided to replace it with two courses. The United States Golf Association recognizes the Olympic Club as one of the first 100 golf clubs established in the United States. It’s not that easy to get a game here, so we recommend that you befriend and member at your earliest opportunity. The greens are quick and challenging but only a couple have the kind of undulations I find interesting. There's more room to the back but anything long will need Houdini's assist to escape with par. Frankly, I find most headlining, high profile courses lacking in comparison. Holes 9-12 are all within 10 yards of each other and quite flat. A good example of that is the 17th hole -- which was changed to a par-5 at the 2012 event because so few people could actually hit and remain on the sloped left-to-right fairway. I caught the course on a partly cloudy, mild day and marveled at how much more beautiful the layout looked after a significant tree removal program several years ago opened up views of the city. Respond to above review  Dear Mr. Rosekrans: In replying to your posted comments a few things need to be highlighted. It will be the first time the Lake course has hosted either event. The short uphill par-4 7th is a fun hole -- and it's one of the few that adds a good deal to the strategic side of things. Courses. While I enjoyed Olympic, my host also took me to the Menlo Country Club. Clearly, that has since changed with the architectural updating by Gil Hanse and the USGA's green light to LACC in hosting the 2023 championship. There has been relatively little change in the course since 1927 and only one hole has been outright replaced; and the old hole 8 was probably the least challenging hole of the course before, now it's a challenging hole with a good set of bunkers and if the flag is in back you definitely need to shape your shot to get near the pin. The Olympic Club is an athletic club and private social club in San Francisco, California. Memorability is not a strong fixture of the Lake Course. See other reviews from michael nowacki. You stated in your note the USGA was "begging" to have Olympic host the US Open. Something puzzling from Mr. Ward's review is his assertion that holes 9 through 15 are "indistinguishable." 1 person found this review helpful The fairways are bounded by beautiful trees and the greens guarded by bunkers that often require an aerial approach. All of them boast a hilly setting, tall trees and great views, but the Lake Course is the crown. A golfer is unlikely to forget which part of the world he’s in! Still, it's an interesting championship course with a glorified history. Respond to above review  Respond to above review  This unusual combination is a remnant of the tiny wagon that did not have enough room for both hamburger and hot dog rolls. Bubba Watson confessed Olympic's Lake course didn't catch his, on his way to missing the cut at the 2012 US. As a member I can tell you that USGA begged the Olympic Club to host another US Open and the club wisely decided it wasn't worth it to work with them until there is a significant change in the way that host clubs are compensated. Phone. This is a manicured masterpiece. San Francisco, CA. 0 people found this review helpful Ok. Players who hit an iron from the tee of this drivable hole will likely have a 70-to-90-yard shot into the two-tiered green. Championships hosted: Can you say with accuracy who from the USGA you are referencing? I also birdied 18 from the US Open tee box. Eventually the club invited Bill onto the course and he and his descendants have been serving hamburgers in hot dog rolls there ever since. Welcome To Olympia Country and Golf Club With stunning views, exceptional dining and 18 championship holes of golf, we welcome you to Olympia's premier country and golf club. VIEW WEBSITE CALL COURSE 415-345-5100 GET DIRECTIONS. And then, precision and distance control is rewarded if correct and penalized if just slightly off.Green complexes are extreme. See other reviews from Javier Pintos, Respond to above review  The front nine is full of doglegged par-4's with "reverse camber," turning back against the grade of the fairway; such holes do separate the men from the boys, but they would be more appropriate in open country where you can choose your own line instead of having trees choose it for you. You have been warned! Host to four US Opens, the Lake course at Olympic Club is a serious challenge. © Copyright 2020 GOLFPASS. Olympic Club membership overview. Olympic Club is a much-storied course, just a few miles down the road from San Francisco Golf Club, Olympic was founded in 1893 as an athletic club in the city of San Francisco. Take a look at diagrams of each Olympic Golf Course hole, ... Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady from Medalist Golf Club. Take your stabilisers and expect few level lies on these sloping fairways. One magical day in March changed all that. 72: #2 is an uphill par 4, not long and were to the green you will always need one more club than what you imagine. Similarly with the 18th hole, the clubhouse in the background provides a magnificent setting and tantalizing finish into such a small narrow green surrounded by murderous bunkers. Tee shots go uphill and downhill, right to left and left to right to fairly wide fairways. Unbelievable range to warm up and it is always in great shape. Charming. Rated the top course in the Canary Islands, Anfi Tauro provided a bewildering mixture o... Shawnee Inn is still living off its legacy of Tillinghast and Snead. Extending the length to a far greater number only added more difficulty -- not compelling architecture. U.S. Every hole is tough, but not unfair, and I will always smile when I think of playing this course. Wooded enclaves, rolling terrain and wide fairways are touted by the Cascade Course, with a long history of providing Championship golf in the Northwest. What they have done is modernize it to the point it's not fun, just long and hard. Also at this facility. Sure, I'm biased. I'm an Olympic Club member. Junior Golf. I struggled mightily and came away with the impression that this venerable U.S. Open venue was too difficult to be enjoyable for most of us. I was thrilled to make bogey after hitting into the "U" of the dreaded "IOU" bunkers fronting the 18th green. The routing of Olympic is essentially sideways on the hillside. The land is great as it is all on the side of a hill, with a lot of elevation changes. The fairway slopes to the left and heaven help anyone who loses the shot to that side. The course rating is 72.8 and it has a slope rating of 126 on Rye grass. The holes are quite simply indistinguishable from one other. Let me just say right out of the starting gate that Olympic Club for me is nowhere near my personal world top 100. Was this review helpful? Who can forget the inane situation Payne Stewart faced when a back pin was used and his ball could not find a resting spot during the 1998 Open. 0 people found this review helpful 0 people found this review helpful If you take the course for what it is, something that you can't overpower and need to think and manoeuvre your way around it will treat you to a splendid round of golf. Difficulty alone is not the sum total of architectural greatness. Two putt pars turn into bogeys or worse if you miss any green.I thought the speed of greens was a little slow. Open. See other reviews from Joe Timmp. Was this review helpful? Established on May 6, 1860, its first officers were President, G.W. Others have weighed in similarly. Was this review helpful? Really. Was this review helpful? I found the the recent Kyle Phillips remodel there even more enjoyable. Olympic Club is located in San Francisco, Calif., and offers 45 holes of golf adjacent to both Lake Merced and the Pacific Ocean. 17th is just ok, nothing too special. I didn’t like par 3 #13, it was just standard. The Lake can certainly play tough because the rough is certainly among the toughest you will encounter given the frequency of the misty marine layer that hovers over the course. See other reviews from Steve MacQuarrie, Respond to above review  The course is touted due to its history but you can only live on the allure of the club and the burger dog for so long. I had the picture that #1 was an easy hole but after a pushed driver, a topped second and 3 putts the double bogey was a cheap result, but very frustrating! It probably helped that the tees were pushed forward for a media day for the new 2015 USGA Four Ball Championship. Olympic View: Year-Round Golf in Victoria BC Olympic View Golf Club, aptly named for its beautiful views of Washington State's Olympic Mountains, is located just 20 minutes outside of Victoria's downtown core, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The combination of hemmed in fairways, small greens and uneven lies is enough to easily rank it among the most difficult courses in the world along with Oakmont, Bethpage Black and Royal County Down (with the wind up!). The Olympic Club Hole 7. 1 person found this review helpful The first time I played the famous Lake course at The Olympic Club in 2009 was a true slog. 0 people found this review helpful U.S. Cup. The Olympic Club - Lake. #10 is a flat par 4, dogleg right finishing in the Hot Dog House (we had some great Burger Dogs!!). See other reviews from Mike Smith. Truly one of the best private golf experiences in the Portland Metro Area. Set on the seaward side of the hill is the Ocean course, which also belongs to the Olympic Club. The sad part about 600+ yard holes is that top players all play to the same point for their 3rd -- leaving roughly 100 yards to the target. The Olympic Club - Ocean. Olympic View Golf Club boasts a variety of golf holes that compliment individual masterpieces. With that said, I agree with other reviewers that it is overrated. It would help matters greatly to move away from the fuzzy shadows of generalities to the more illuminated spotlight of specificity. Tim Muessle manages the course as the General Manager. 0 people found this review helpful The par-3 8th was simply turned out to something far, far different than its original intent. Fairway bunkers are almost non-existent. Along with the championship Lake Course it also has the more user friendly Ocean Course and a 9 hole par 3 that I’ve heard fantastic things about known as the Cliffs Course. Nestled deep inside a pristine forest, natural beauty is punctuated by two waterfalls, twelve lakes, roaming deer, soaring eagles, and the beautiful snow peaked Olympic Mountains in the horizon. Some courses don't connect with a player's eye. The burgerdog at the turn is one of the best halfway house "musts" in golf. It continues to be very demanding off the tee, whether you have to nail it down a corridor of never ending trees, or shape it in either direction to find the fairway. I can only shake my head and have to ask "why" the PGA will come here in 2028 and even worse -- the 2032 Ryder Cup is scheduled here as well. I found the Olympic Lake course to be very difficult to play for a non-scratch player. And if you have some more energy, go and do the Cliffs Course maybe the best par 3 course I have ever been to. See other reviews from M. James Ward. The Oregon G... Waynesborough Country Club, a design originally by George Fazio, updated by Tom Fazio,... Old school. After the Great War, the sporting Olympic Club decided to get into golf and purchased the Lakeside course from the financially struggling Lakeside Country Club. The strongest stretch is the last six holes, with the unusual par sequence of 3-4-3-5-5-4. Private | EST. BY USING THE SITE, YOU CONSENT TO THESE COOKIES. The green has been softened to provide for a greater range of pin positions because the former green was sloped too severely from back-to-front. The players who qualified for the Four Ball Championship will have an incredible experience. A Reverse Camber is not a unique architectural feature at Olympic, other courses have similar designs. Founded in 1929, the club hosted several professional and amateur tournaments; in 1957 it hosted Japan’s first-ever Golf World Cup. It is hard to get an even lie more or less anywhere on the property. The thing is, Olympic doesn't need any fairway bunkers. I cannot recall seeing any fairway bunkers on the whole course. I did appreciate the new 8th hole which has become one of the club’s signature holes, and feel that the new green location was a terrific change and welcomed improvement. Willie Watson and course superintendent Sam Whiting designed the first Lake and Ocean courses in 1924. 599 Skyline Blvd San Francisco, CA 94132-6328. The Lake Course is an unremitting chore of a course. #8 is a very good par 3 which finishes by the Club House (in US Open they use #1 and #9 tees) before tough #9 if you miss on the right side of the green. 4-5-6 are some very tough par 4s, where you need to managed effect on your driver in order to hit fairway. The view on tee 5 is legendary. The Lake Course has been recognized by Golf Magazine in its list of the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. UNLIMITED rounds of golf over three days, and two nights lodging in one of our 4-bedroom Stay & Play luxury townhomes, including access to fine dining for dinner at Champs and Rockers. The golf courses of Olympic Club have the names of Lake, Ocean and Cliffs (Cliffs is a 9-holer). The courses provide beautiful water and bridge views. Take your stabilisers and expect few level lies on these sloping fairways. The men’s locker room is its own health club, complete with indoor pool. It will probably beat you up a bit along the way but at the last hole it will be certain to say "I o U" before you leave. When I was told that 10 plays a lot like 5, I had to stop and think to remember a hole I’d played only an hour ago. See other reviews from John Sabino. The Lake has hosted four U.S.Opens [now five] and the Tour Championship in 1993. Host to five US Opens, the Lake course is a serious challenge. Courses near The Olympic Club - Ocean. Appreciate your comments but it's not just my eye alone that views the course in the same manner. Members seems to tout the difficulty but I argue Cal Club and SFGC are miles ahead of Olympic. Photos. In particular, the cypress trees, hills, fog, and wind certainly give the courses a shared environment. That being said I would say my favorite hole on the course is the 18th and not because it gets you finally to the bar. Certainly a plus. That is, if you have a cut lie it requires you to hit a draw shot and vice versa. Returning to the LA area has long been a major point for the USGA and securing LACC is clearly a major achievement in this regard. The Olympic Club was established on May 6, 1860. Overrated, definitely not a top 50 course at best in the 90s being difficult does not make a great golf course. Hanks, and Leader, Arthur Nahl. The biggest challenge is the undulating fairways and elevation changes. Then 11th is maybe one of the best ones, long and tight to a 2 platform green. Think doglegs right with fairways that steeply slope from right to left. What makes Olympic especially difficult is that there is nowhere to play safe or to bail out, unlike on most other designs. However, the course is in desperate need for Gil Hanse's restoration. #3 is a very nice par 3, with elevated tee which faces the Golden Gate. Hats off to the club in reaching out to the PGA of America in keeping a high profile but my comments are shared by others both on this site and elsewhere. A friend invited me to play The Ocean Course at Olympic Club this weekend and the place blew me away. As one door closed another opened with Olympic booked as host site for a future PGA Championship and Ryder Cup respectively. Mr.Paine -- the hosting of big time events does not automatically mean compelling architecture. Luckily, my schedule had me return to Northern California this month.Arrived early in tour the historic clubhouse and grounds. No doubt the main draw when coming to the area is the City of San Francisco. Was this review helpful? The Olympic Club Overview The Olympic Club Lake Course, opened in 1924, designed by Willie Watson and Sam Whiting, redesigned in 1927 by Sam Whiting due to damage, is considered one of the top 100 golf courses in the world. "The Olympic Club is an amazing facility, and the Lake Course is a respected championship venue, but I don't know how anyone can love it. Don’t expect too much respite once you reach the sanctuary of the small greens either, because most of the putting surfaces seem to present you with permanent downhill putts. The Olympic Club has a well-deserved reputation as a challenging golf course. First named the "San Francisco Olympic Club", it is the oldest athletic club in the United States. This is the real deal.And the course, 5 time US Open venue, is nearly perfect. On the bright side, Olympic Club only has one fairway bunker. In many ways its a bit of a slog playing quite long and characterized by what I find strange design features in many cases. A lot more challenging than it appears with difficult greens. It's the deep green-side traps ringing elevated greens that always prove to be the biggest obstacles. While there is only one hole with fairway bunkers, there are plenty of doglegs requiring a tee shot to the proper side of the fairway to provide the best angle for the next shot. It was a gloomy, cold and wet February day - in other words, just another winter day in San Francisco. Post your scores here. The Olympic Club (Lake), located in San Francisco, is ranked No. Many years ago, Bill had a little hot dog wagon outside the course boundaries and members would send their caddies for Bill’s hot dogs. A view from fairway #4 at Lake frm Olympic Club (Lawrence Lambrecht). In November 2017 the PGA of America announced Youth on Course; ... Olympic Club, The. What makes this especially difficult is that most of the lies you will have require you to work the ball the opposite of the way the terrain dictates. Always lives up to the hype. Quirky. Hitting the ball accurately off the tee and finding the fairway is a must if you want to score well. The two new holes, the 7th and 8th are out of place and don't fit a course built in 1927? Even with the 18th ending this way, the entire course presents a challenge. It is not amazing, but at least you can say you had one. The Lake course, which is no longer visibly beside the lake, is a daunting experience. The holes work their way back and forth along the side hill nature of the property. I don't know if you are aware but clubs interested in hosting a prospective US Open must formally apply to the USGA to get the process started. Olympic Club is a much-storied course, just a few miles down the road from San Francisco Golf Club, Olympic was founded in 1893 as an athletic club in the city of San Francisco. The aforementioned quartet is firmly locked into future host years. Without being repetitive, I have played the course on several occasions and been a keen media observer when the 1987, 1998 and 2012 US Opens were played at the Lake Course. Aerial view of the par-5 16th hole at Lake Course from Olympic Club, A view of the 9th green protected by bunkers from Lake at Olympic Club, A view of the 14th hole from Lake at Olympic Club, A view of green #7 from Lake at Olympic Club, Add a Golf Advisor ratings badge to your website, Get a feed with the latest reviews for this course, Eagle Golf Package at Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Escape to Borrego and stay at our beautiful “House on the Hill", Where to watch golf films and TV series on major streaming services, The joy of discovery is a precious and Cool Golf Thing. Much of the 19th hole post mortems on this topic is likely tied to how to spin the end game for facing saving reasons. When the course plays especially fast as it can be for the Opens the unpredictability of where the ball will finish gets extremely magnified. Due to the grains of the grass, it was almost impossible to judge the speed or break with any accuracy, with unexpected breaks and much faster or slower than expected rolls.. Lost a little sleep the night before this past Sunday.Was invited back in January to play Olympic but had to cancel my visit to SF. Was this review helpful? In 1924, the club acquired land bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Lake Merced to build 36 holes of the Lake and Ocean courses. The Olympic Club was founded in 1860 as San Francisco Olympic Club and is regarded as the oldest athletic club in the United States. It was a gloomy, cold and wet February day - in other words, just another winter day in San Francisco. It's a much play in the Bay Area. The elevation changes are gradual, so it's a nice walking course, … I do like the idea of a short par-4 finishing hole in a natural amphitheater, but the famous 18th is nothing more than a lay-up tee shot and a wedge that has to be played below the hole. Had a wonderful day at the beautiful course. U.S. Open. See other reviews from David Davis. From the 9th through the 15th -- you encounter the side hill nature of the property. The Bay area is blessed with a wonderful array of superior designed courses. The slightly uphill 2nd is extremely good. The downhill par-3 is also quite strong. No course with so few risk/reward decisions should be considered one of America's greatest.". The day catapulted The Olympic Club into the upper-echelon of my favorite places in golf. Also at this facility. 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