Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 3
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Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 3
A tree-removal campaign opened up the views around the par-3 third hole of the Lake Course at The Olympic Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 1
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Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 1
The par-5 first hole on the Lake Course at The Olympic Club is pretty forgiving. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Olympic Club - Lake golf course - 2nd tee
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Olympic Club - Lake golf course - 2nd tee
A golfer tees off on the second tee of the Lake Course at The Olympic Club in San Franciso. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 5
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Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 5
The fifth hole of the Lake Course at The Olympic Club doglegs right but the fairway kicks balls to the left. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 6
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Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 6
A hole with a fairway bunker, as seen here on the par-4 sixth hole, is a rarity on the Lake Course at The Olympic Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 7
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Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 7
Although it plays 294 yards uphill, the par-4 seventh hole on the Lake Course at The Olympic Club will be drivable for some players at the new 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Olympic Club - clubhouse
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Olympic Club - clubhouse
The Olympic Club clubhouse sits on a hill overlooking the famous Lake Course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Olympic Club - Lake golf course - no. 8
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Olympic Club - Lake golf course - no. 8
The par-3 eighth hole on the Lake Course at The Olympic Club was rebuilt prior to the 2012 U.S. Open. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 12
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Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 12
The 12th green of the Lake Course at The Olympic Club sits in a secluded part of the property. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 13
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Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 13
A flash-faced bunker looks intimidating in front of the par-3 13th green of the Lake Course at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 15
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Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 15
Bunkers surround the 15th green, the shortest par 3 on the Lake Course at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 18
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Olympic Club - Lake golf course - hole 18
A golfers hits an approach shot over the "IOU" bunkers in front of the 18th green of the Lake Course at The Olympic Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Olympic Club - Lake golf course - 18th hole
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Olympic Club - Lake golf course - 18th hole
The 18th hole on The Olympic Club's Lake Course remains one of the great short par 4s in the game. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

San Francisco Treat: The Olympic Club's Lake golf course to host new USGA Four-Ball Championship

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Lake Course at The Olympic Club has always been one of America's premier tournament venues. The club -- host of five U.S. Opens, three U.S. Amateurs and two Tour Championships -- will add to its legacy by holding the first U.S. Amateur men's Four-Ball Championship May 2-6.

The new national championship run by the United States Golf Association features two-man teams playing best ball to determine which side advances past stroke play on the Lake and Ocean Course s into match play on the Lake Course for a shot at a newly commissioned trophy.

Some great match-play holes will test a player's decision making and skills. The 294-yard par 4 seventh hole climbs so severely uphill that only the long hitters might drive the green. A new forward tee added to the famous par-4 18th hole (343 yards) could tempt some players to hit driver, bringing the three "IOU" bunkers near the green into play.

The Lake Course is a classic test loaded with demanding doglegs and elevated greens. The 6,981-yard par 70 plays much longer than the yardage due to the heavy ocean air.

The chance to compete at such a prestigious club motivated 2,234 teams to attempt to qualify, surpassing participation numbers for every other USGA event except the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur. Future sites -- Winged Foot Golf Club in New York in 2016, Pinhurst Resort & Country Club in 2017 and Jupiter Hills Club in south Florida in 2018 -- will likely help the Four-Ball championship grow in popularity as it ages.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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