When the course plays especially fast as it can be for the Opens the unpredictability of where the ball will finish gets extremely magnified. You will also not be allowed to participate in any other sports programs or enter the fitness center without a membership. The routing of Olympic is essentially sideways on the hillside. In 1924, the club acquired land bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Lake Merced to build 36 holes of the Lake and, The above review is an edited extract from. 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. The layout, as mentioned by others, plays off a side hill slope. 2019/20 Golf Digest rating: Lake course rated 33rd best course in the USA and 5th best in California. Set on the seaward side of the hill is the Ocean course, which also belongs to the Olympic Club. 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. Olympic Club Course Origins and Architects . Despite its name, there is not a single water hazard on the Lake course – and there’s only a single fairway bunker on the entire course. Av. Amazingly, those same people when playing nearby at San Francisco GC will say the completely opposite thing. The much hyped short par-4 18th is exactly that -- way overrated by many and certainly not worthy of mention with the elite short par-4's in golf. The strongest stretch is the last six holes, with the unusual par sequence of 3-4-3-5-5-4. Really. In 1918, The Olympic Club assumed operation of the financially-troubled Lakeside Golf Club and its 18-hole course designed by Wilfrid Reid. 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. Olympic View Golf Club boasts a variety of golf holes that compliment individual masterpieces. 254 Write Review. When the Lakeside Golf Club ran into financial difficulties just after the end of the Great War in 1918 the Olympic Club stepped in to take over the clubâs affairs and quickly acquired additional land to fashion two new 18-hole golf courses. The 7th and 8th (a short par 4 and a par 3 added a few years ago) are excellent, but then dullness returns. In 1922, additional land was acquired, and the existing 18-hole course was replaced with two golf courses. What to Expect: The Olympic Club is one of the most storied clubs and courses on the American continent. 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. View key info about Course Database including Course description, Tee yardages, par and handicaps, scorecard, contact info, Course Tours, directions and more. See other reviews from David Davis. 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. All great tracks (well, Harding is so-so). Post your scores here. View Tee Times. Memorability is not a strong fixture of the Lake Course. Olympic Club is located in San Francisco, Calif., and offers 45 holes of golf adjacent to both Lake Merced and the Pacific Ocean. The aforementioned quartet is firmly locked into future host years. 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. The holes work their way back and forth along the side hill nature of the property. Mr.Paine -- the hosting of big time events does not automatically mean compelling architecture. 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. Golf Courses. I'm an Olympic Club member. The following day I was up 5:30am with friend Lucas to drive 2hs and experience another Major Venue. With that said, I agree with other reviewers that it is overrated. Some courses don't connect with a player's eye. The Olympic Club is private, and non-members cannot play its golf courses except for when you are a member, a guest of a member or are playing in a tournament that has been hosted by the club. Bubba Watson confessed Olympic's Lake course didn't catch his, on his way to missing the cut at the 2012 US. 0 people found this review helpful The thing is, Olympic doesn't need any fairway bunkers. The greens are quick and challenging but only a couple have the kind of undulations I find interesting. The Lake Course is a challenge, every single time I play it. This had been done on a few past occasions and, until most recently, the club declined being considered. A place where friends gather, play, workout and dine with gladness and drink with joy. It would help matters greatly to move away from the fuzzy shadows of generalities to the more illuminated spotlight of specificity. However, the course is in desperate need for Gil Hanse's restoration. I would rate it 9th in California. Let me just say right out of the starting gate that Olympic Club for me is nowhere near my personal world top 100. #3 is a very nice par 3, with elevated tee which faces the Golden Gate. Was this review helpful? In regards to the architecture - more than happy to discuss -- but I urge you to read Tom Doak's comments which I provided in my course review. The Pacific Links, as the Ocean course was originally called, debuted in May 1924. U.S. Official site for Olympic View Golf Club, owned & operated by GolfBC. I have to say to have played better designed courses and with a more special feel (Merion and Oak Hill of this type) but the pristine maintenance and the challenge make it a superbe test of golf. The Olympic Club was founded in 1860 and it is the oldest athletics club in America. It will be the first time the Lake course has hosted either event. I'm just not a fan of the architecture. Was this review helpful? As mentioned by John in his review -- there's no alternate way to play the hole and your forced to play a shot that even the world's best cannot always pull off. The Club guest policies are in effect at all times on Club property and are intended to preserve the decorum of our membership. From the 9th through the 15th -- you encounter the side hill nature of the property. The golf course was designed by Gil Hanse and the clubhouse chosen by competition, won by Pedro Évora and Pedro Rivera, from the Brazilian office â¦ One of the prominent design features of Olympic is the 'Reverse Camber' which is an architectural term for fairways that slope in one direction while the golfer aims at a green that turns the opposite way. Guest Policies. I didn’t like par 3 #13, it was just standard. The Olympic Club acquired it in 1918 and replaced it as The Olympic Club, Lake Course.