The Olympic Club - Lake Course

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5.0
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5.0
Value
4.9
Layout
5.0
Friendliness
5.0
Pace
4.8
Amenities
5.0
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7 out of 7 reviews
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5.0
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5.0
Value
5.0
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5.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
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2 out of 2 reviews
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5.0
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Conditions
5.0
Value
5.0
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5.0
Pace
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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About

Holes 18
Par 70
Length 7162
Slope 143
Rating 75.7
Type Private
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 70 7162 yards 75.7 143
Black 71 6934 yards 75.0 142
Blue 71 6597 yards 73.2 134
White 71 6280 yards 71.7 130
Green (W) 71 5589 yards 68.6 123
Scorecard for Lake
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.7/138 533 418 229 430 457 439 294 181 439 3420 422 430 415 195 417 157 609 522 347 3514 6934
Blue M: 73.5/133 515 380 212 417 434 426 284 169 424 3261 395 414 399 180 402 142 579 491 334 3336 6597
Blue/White M: 72.6/131 515 367 212 396 420 415 284 169 382 3160 395 384 375 180 388 142 562 491 334 3251 6411
White M: 72.2/128 W: 77.7/141 500 367 198 396 420 415 263 154 382 3095 385 384 375 172 388 133 562 464 322 3185 6280
Green M: 68.6/122 W: 74.7/135 455 286 185 296 328 380 241 115 350 2636 371 369 359 156 366 122 457 443 310 2953 5589
Green/Silver M: 66.1/120 W: 69.1/123 455 230 185 250 328 280 241 115 265 2349 270 265 225 110 265 122 457 370 265 2349 4698
Handicap 13 5 11 3 1 7 17 15 9 10 4 8 16 6 18 2 14 12
Par 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 35 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 5 4 36 71
Handicap (W) 11 9 7 5 13 1 15 17 3 10 2 8 16 4 18 6 14 12

Course Details

Year Built 1924
Greens Rye Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Sam Whiting (1924) Willie Watson (1924) Bill Love (2009) Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1954)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper attire is required.

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5.0
7

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bucket list moment

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. Luckily, my schedule had me return to Northern California this month.

Arrived early in tour the historic clubhouse and grounds. The men’s locker room is its own health club, complete with indoor pool. This is the real deal.

And the course, 5 time US Open venue, is nearly perfect. This is a manicured masterpiece. Every shot is special. Tee shots go uphill and downhill, right to left and left to right to fairly wide fairways. And then, precision and distance control is rewarded if correct and penalized if just slightly off.

Green complexes are extreme. Gaping bunkers surround every putting surface. Two putt pars turn into bogeys or worse if you miss any green.

I thought the speed of greens was a little slow. No more than 9 stimp.

Played well enough to walk away happy and feeling that I had some success.

Thanks Dan B for the invite

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Brilliant !

This is one tough, brilliant, beautiful golf course and it was a treat to play it. Every hole is tough, but not unfair, and I will always smile when I think of playing this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Less trees and better views equals more enjoyable golf

The first time I played the famous Lake course at The Olympic Club in 2009 was a true slog. It was a gloomy, cold and wet February day - in other words, just another winter day in San Francisco. 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. One magical day in March changed all that. 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. It probably helped that the tees were pushed forward for a media day for the new 2015 USGA Four Ball Championship. The length of the rough and speed of the greens was manageable. Fairway bunkers are almost non-existent. It's the deep green-side traps ringing elevated greens that always prove to be the biggest obstacles. I was thrilled to make bogey after hitting into the "U" of the dreaded "IOU" bunkers fronting the 18th green. The day catapulted The Olympic Club into the upper-echelon of my favorite places in golf. The players who qualified for the Four Ball Championship will have an incredible experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather

Awesome as Usual

Always lives up to the hype. Unbelievable range to warm up and it is always in great shape. A lot more challenging than it appears with difficult greens.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather

I O U

The 18th hole says it all, when teeing off the greenside bunkers spell out "I O U". Even with the 18th ending this way, the entire course presents a challenge. We played on a moderate windy day which didn't help us on this target golf course. There were times I thought I hit perfect shots only to end up in 4 inches of rough. This is not a golf course for your everyday average golfer

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather

Bucket List Check

I had a chance to play this amazing facility and was lucky enough to be paired with two very accomodating members. The conditions were perfect, not hazy and the temperature was ideal. I felt like a tourist snapping pictures of the picturesque views and immaculate course conditions. I also birdied 18 from the US Open tee box. I can now see why it was so difficult for those guys.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather

Tough Walk

The Olympic Club is a classic and has hosted the U.S. Open a bunch of times. It is obviously very difficult. The biggest challenge is the undulating fairways and elevation changes. Hitting the ball accurately off the tee and finding the fairway is a must if you want to score well. Don't get your ball stuck in a tree like Lee Janzen or Lee Westwood. Try the burger dog if you go. It is not amazing, but at least you can say you had one.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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