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The Olympic Club: Lake

San Francisco, CA Private

4.7

Panelists

224 Reviews

Overview

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. Thanks to architect Bill Love, Olympic Lake now has redesigned bunkering, which we got to see at the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open.

About

Holes 18
Length 6934
Slope 141
Facility Type Private
Designer Sam Whiting/(R) Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA/(R) William R. Love

Awards

100 Greatest
Best Courses in Every State

100 Greatest: Ranked since 1966. Highest ranking: No. 10, 1985-'88, 1991-'92. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 34.

Best in State: Ranked fourth, 2011-'14. Ranked fifth, 2015-'22.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.7

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.89
Character
8.03
Challenge
8.16
Layout Variety
7.74
Fun
7.45
Aesthetics
7.81
Conditioning
7.73

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