Olympic Club (Lake)

Originally Published: August 28, 2004
Golf Digest

Olympic Club
Whatever you do, don't hit it into one of Olympic's deep bunkers on the par-3 15th.

Golf Digest's Best Places to Play rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Need To Know
Olympic Club (Lake)
San Francisco, California

With nearly 40,000 trees lining the long and tight Lake Course here, straying from the beaten path can make for a long day. Arnold Palmer began the back nine in the final round of the 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic with a seven-stroke lead. Billy Casper, however, shot a closing 32, took advantage of several Palmer miscues to draw even and then won in a playoff the next day, 69-73.

With no water hazards anywhere on the course, Olympic has achieved its stature on the strength of great holes like the 15th, a classic short par-3 of just 149 yards. The hole features some of the course's most severe bunkering, including a deep-faced pit in front of the green that obscures the hole location from view. Scott Simpson played this hole 3-2-2-2 en route to a one-stroke victory over Tom Watson in the 1987 U.S Open.