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Golf Course Photo, Olympic Club, The -Lake, San Francisco, 94132
Olympic Club, The -Lake
599 Skyline Blvd
San Francisco, California
94132
Phone: 415-404-4300
 
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4.17

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Course Description

Type: Private
# of Holes:
18
Course Web site:
http://www.olyclub.com

Golf Course Architect:  Wilfrid Reid and Willie Watson and Sam Whiting (R) and Robert Trent Jones (R)
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Olympic Club, The -Lake, is a Private, 18 hole golf course located in San Francisco, California.

The Olympic Club is a San Francisco, California-based athletic club with three golf courses located at San Francisco's border with Daly City, California. The club's main "City Clubhouse" is located in downtown San Francisco. The club's "Lakeside Clubhouse" is located just north of the city's border with Daly City. The two clubhouses are separated by about 10 miles.

The three courses at the Olympic Club are the Cliffs, Lake and Ocean courses. The Lake and Ocean are eighteen hole par 71 courses, and the Cliffs is a nine-hole par-3 course that is on the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean. All three courses are lined with many trees (almost 40,000 on the Lake course) and offer views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park. The United States Golf Association recognizes the Olympic Club as one of the first 100 golf clubs established in the United States.

The OLympic Club is the oldest athletic club in the United States. The Olympic Club was established on May 6, 1860.

The Lake Course has been recognized by Golf Magazine in its list of the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It has also been recognized in Golf Week's category of "America's 100 Best Classical Courses." In Golf Digest's list of the U.S. 100 Greatest Courses for 2007-2008, the Lake Course was ranked 23. The course sits almost entirely within the borders of San Francisco.

In 1918, The Olympic Club took over the Lakeside Golf Club, which had opened in 1917 but was struggling financially. Lakeside was an 18-hole golf course designed by Wilfrid Reid. The Olympic Club decided to build a "new" Lakeside course in 1924. The course was designed by Willie Watson and built by Sam Whiting. The course was completely redesigned and rebuilt by Whiting in 1927. Whiting stayed on as golf course superintendent until 1954. In 1953, the Lake course was modified by Robert Trent Jones in preparation for the 1955 U.S. Open.

The regular yardage of the Lake Course is 7,060 yards from the new championship tees, with a course rating of 74.9 and a slope rating of 140. From the next set of tees forward, the course measures 6,529 yards, and has a course rating of 72.3 and a slope rating of 132. From the next set of tees forward, the course measures 6,235 yards, and has a course rating of 70.9 and a slope rating of 129. From the front tees, the course measures 5,593 yards, and has a course rating of 68.6 and a slope rating of 122.

The Lake Course has been lengthened in recent years to prepare for the 2007 U.S. Amateur and 2012 U.S. Open. New tees have added significant length to the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 12th. In addition, drastic changes were made to the par-4 seventh and par-3 eighth holes. A new two-tiered green at the seventh replaces the old three-level green constructed in the 1970s. This green is located approximately 20 yards behind the old one. The most dramatic alterations were made at the 8th. Previously just a short uphill pitch, a completely new hole has been built with a teeing area well back and to the right of the original, changing the angle of approach and pushing the length of the hole back to 200 yards. A new green has also been built at the par-3 15th, and the controversial 18th green has also been changed further.


User Comments 6 Rankings
Keith goto of Aiea, HI says :
Very tough course, but very fair. Small greens and difficult chipping because of rough around the greens. Course in great condition, but plays very long because its all carry and no roll. Enjoyed it and would love to play it again with better preparation.

Pros: Condition of Course, Difficulty, Layout, Ambiance, Pace of Play
Cons: None worth mentioning
Would Travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom Line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, I would recommend this course, Best course in the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
Ranked on 2012-10-19
 

Year Played: 2012
Month Played: Oct
Day Played: Mon
Time Played: 10am

Price: Guest
Cart Included: Yes
Layout: 5
Fairways: 4
Greens: 5
Ambiance: 4
Pace: 5
Overall: 5
Value: 5
Rank ID # : 019058

 

Carroll Collins of Redwood City, CA says :
Just played yesterday. in getting ready for nest year's US Open, they are toughening up the already difficult course. Now the very small sloped greens are at about 12 and will only get harder and faster as they get closer to next June. By shaving the areas around greens, it is quite difficult to chip and as they keep narrowing the fairways, they become even more difficult to hit. For example, Nick Watney stopped by last week and shot a 79 and said the greens were already the fastest he's played this year. Once the rough is really allowed to grow, I pity any non-professionals trying to play it. That being said, if you can beg, borrow or steal to get on prior to June, do it.

Pros: Condition of Course, Difficulty, Layout, Ambiance, Pace of Play, Staff, Clubhouse, Food/Bar Facilities, Pro Shop
Cons: None worth mentioning
Would Travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom Line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, I would recommend this course, Best course in the area, Any price would be too much for this course
Ranked on 2011-11-14
 

Year Played: 2011
Month Played: Nov
Day Played: Sun
Time Played: 6am

Price: Member
Cart Included: Yes
Layout: 5
Fairways: 5
Greens: 5
Ambiance: 5
Pace: 5
Overall: 5
Value: 5
Rank ID # : 016415

 

Mike Wahl of Penn Valley, CA says :
It was nice to play on a course where they absolutely follow the rules of golf etticate. Beautiful day. I played this course in 1984 but the ranking forms would not let me select that year.

Pros: Condition of Course, Difficulty, Ambiance, No Houses on Course, Staff, Clubhouse, Food/Bar Facilities, Pro Shop
Cons: Price, Pace of Play
Would Travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom Line: I would play again, Over-priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, I would recommend this course, Best course in the area
Ranked on 2011-08-19
 

Year Played: 2006
Month Played: Sep
Day Played: Thur
Time Played: 4pm

Price: Do Not Recall
Cart Included: Yes
Layout: 4
Fairways: 3
Greens: 4
Ambiance: 4
Pace: 2
Overall: 4
Value: 2
Rank ID # : 015361

 

phil t of irvine, CA says :
Ladies. Gentlemen. Golfers near and far. THIS is a golf course! If only those trees could talk!!! But no, they just sit there with the dangling moss on those steep hillsides waiting for the next Arnold or Jack or Payne. The thrill of my life? 18th hole when my ball somehow made it to about 4 feet, and I made the birdie putt with a small, gracious gallery up on the veranda of the clubhouse - and they actually clapped. Amazing stuff. I captured a lot of video of this gold day! The marshal we saw twice. The first time he told the member with us to not be on the cell phone. The second time he asked me to please tuck in my shirt in the back where it had come out a little bit. I LOVED IT!!! Thanks to Member John C. for letting my friends and I play that day! One of my friends was a +4 Handicap - and he shot an 81 that day. My 85 as an 8 Handicap won me about $100 bucks, which paid for half of the bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label that served as a gift for our kind host! What a day!!!!! I will never forget it! It would not have surprised me in the least if there were droves of people waving wads of hundreds at the gate just to get into this place ... but there weren't ... and I would never have traded any amount of money for this experience. Something wonderful about making a turn onto a drive with no big signs, banners, balloons that advertise "One of the Best Golf Courses in the World, Turn Right Here." Nope, no sign. No sign at all. Just local knowledge. One amazing thing I learned about the Big O while there is that it was the intention of the Founders of the Olympic Club to NOT have local members, but rather hold a membership of out-of-towners so that the facility would serve as a destination place to do business and vacation. It has pretty much stayed that way. The Member with us lives across the Bay in another City, and has been a Member for over 40 years, yet doesn't really play much golf. What an interesting, gracious man!!!

Pros: Condition of Course, Difficulty, Layout, Ambiance, Pace of Play, Staff, Clubhouse, Food/Bar Facilities, Pro Shop
Cons: None worth mentioning
Would Travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom Line: I would play again, I would recommend this course, Best course in the area, Expensive, but worth it
Ranked on 2011-05-28
 

Year Played: 2009
Month Played: May
Day Played: Thur
Time Played: 8am

Price: Guest
Cart Included: Yes
Layout: 5
Fairways: 5
Greens: 5
Ambiance: 5
Pace: 5
Overall: 5
Value: 5
Rank ID # : 014088

 

Jim Kirk of San Francisco, CA says :
beautiful setting

Pros: Ambiance, No Houses on Course, Pace of Play, Staff
Cons: Condition of Course
Would Travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom Line: I would play again, Over-priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Better than average course for the area
Ranked on 2009-04-17
 

Year Played: 2009
Month Played: Apr
Day Played: Sun
Time Played: 8am

Price: $41 - $45
Cart Included: No
Layout: 3
Fairways: 5
Greens: 2
Ambiance: 5
Pace: 5
Overall: 4
Value: 3
Rank ID # : 006777

 

T Malvino of san bruno, CA says :
I can see why they play the US OPEN here!!

Pros: Condition of Course, Difficulty, Layout, No Houses on Course
Would Travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom Line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, I would recommend this course, Best course in the area
Ranked on 2008-06-14
 

Year Played: 2008
Month Played: Jun
Day Played: Thur
Time Played: 8am

Price: Guest
Cart Included: Yes
Layout: 4
Fairways: 4
Greens: 4
Ambiance: 5
Pace: 4
Overall: 4
Value: 5
Rank ID # : 003289

 

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