The Olympic Club - Lake Course

5.0000000000 5.0 stars from 5 (7)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 7162 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 75.7
  • Layout

  • 524 Post St, San Francisco, California 94102, San Francisco County
  • (415) 404-4300
  • (415) 931-4383
  • www.olyclub.com

Year built: 1924
Architect(s): Sam Whiting (1924), Willie Watson (1924), Bill Love (2009), Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1954), Sam Whiting (1927)
Type: Private/Resort
Greens: Rye Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 70 7162 yards 75.7 143
Black 71 6934 yards 75.0 142
Blue 71 6597 yards 73.2 134
White 71 6280 yards 71.7 130
Green (W) 71 5589 yards 68.6 123

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 5.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 7 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
0
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

7 out of 7 reviews


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"Bucket list moment"


Torodeleste's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Lost a little sleep the night before this past Sunday.

Was invited back in January to play Olympic but had to cancel my visit to SF. Luckily, my schedule had me return to Northern California this month.

Arrived early in tour the historic clubhouse and grounds. The men’s locker room is its own health club, complete with indoor pool. This is the real deal.

And the course, 5 time US Open venue, is nearly perfect. This is a manicured masterpiece. Every shot is special. Tee shots go uphill and downhill, right to left and left to right to fairly wide fairways. And then, precision and distance control is rewarded if correct and penalized if just slightly off.

Green complexes are extreme. Gaping bunkers surround every putting surface. Two putt pars turn into bogeys or worse if you miss any green.

I thought the speed of greens was a little slow. No more than 9 stimp.

Played well enough to walk away happy and feeling that I had some success.

Thanks Dan B for the invite


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Brilliant !"


almitsi's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

This is one tough, brilliant, beautiful golf course and it was a treat to play it. Every hole is tough, but not unfair, and I will always smile when I think of playing this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Less trees and better views equals more enjoyable golf"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The first time I played the famous Lake course at The Olympic Club in 2009 was a true slog. It was a gloomy, cold and wet February day - in other words, just another winter day in San Francisco. I struggled mightily and came away with the impression that this venerable U.S. Open venue was too difficult to be enjoyable for most of us. One magical day in March changed all that. I caught the course on a partly cloudy, mild day and marveled at how much more beautiful the layout looked after a significant tree removal program several years ago opened up views of the city. It probably helped that the tees were pushed forward for a media day for the new 2015 USGA Four Ball Championship. The length of the rough and speed of the greens was manageable. Fairway bunkers are almost non-existent. It's the deep green-side traps ringing elevated greens that always prove to be the biggest obstacles. I was thrilled to make bogey after hitting into the "U" of the dreaded "IOU" bunkers fronting the 18th green. The day catapulted The Olympic Club into the upper-echelon of my favorite places in golf. The players who qualified for the Four Ball Championship will have an incredible experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome as Usual"


TNakajima's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Always lives up to the hype. Unbelievable range to warm up and it is always in great shape. A lot more challenging than it appears with difficult greens.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"I O U"


Kyle4442229's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/06/2013
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The 18th hole says it all, when teeing off the greenside bunkers spell out "I O U". Even with the 18th ending this way, the entire course presents a challenge. We played on a moderate windy day which didn't help us on this target golf course. There were times I thought I hit perfect shots only to end up in 4 inches of rough. This is not a golf course for your everyday average golfer


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bucket List Check"


thoncore's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2013
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I had a chance to play this amazing facility and was lucky enough to be paired with two very accomodating members. The conditions were perfect, not hazy and the temperature was ideal. I felt like a tourist snapping pictures of the picturesque views and immaculate course conditions. I also birdied 18 from the US Open tee box. I can now see why it was so difficult for those guys.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Tough Walk"


BenElisha0's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2013
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The Olympic Club is a classic and has hosted the U.S. Open a bunch of times. It is obviously very difficult. The biggest challenge is the undulating fairways and elevation changes. Hitting the ball accurately off the tee and finding the fairway is a must if you want to score well. Don't get your ball stuck in a tree like Lee Janzen or Lee Westwood. Try the burger dog if you go. It is not amazing, but at least you can say you had one.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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