It seems fitting that, in a town where every house is a cliffhanger, every U.S. Open played at Olympic has been one, too. For decades, the Lake was a severe test of golf. Once it was a heavily forested course with canted fairways hampered by just a single fairway bunker. By 2009, the forest had been considerably cleared away, leaving only the occasional bowlegged cypress with knobby knees, the seventh and 18th greens were redesigned and a new par-3 eighth added. Despite those changes, the 2012 U.S. Open stuck to the usual script: a ball got stuck in a tree, slow-play warnings were given, a leader snap-hooked a drive on 16 in the final round, and a guy name Simpson won. If the past was predictable, the future of the Lake Course might be more mysterious after Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner completed a remodeling in 2023 in preparation for the 2028 PGA Championship.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 1966.
2023-'24 ranking: 35th.
Previous ranking: 34th.
Highest ranking: 10th, 1985-'88, 1991-'92.
Best in State: Ranked fourth, 2011-'14. Ranked fifth, 2015-'22.
2023-'24 ranking: Sixth.
Previous ranking: Fifth.