Owned and operated by the City of Bremerton in Kitsap County, the 36-hole golf facility at Gold Mountain Golf Club has been in operation since 1971, when the Ken Tyson-designed Cascade course first opened its doors to the golfing public.
Twenty-five years later, John Harbottle III’s Olympic layout debuted and although this tree-lined track is a little hillier than its older sibling it’s still an eminently walkable course which has been well received by golfers of all abilities since it opened for play.
With tees, fairways and greens carpeted in annual bluegrass, the course gained national recognition early in the new millennium by hosting both the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 2006 and the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2011.
Feature holes include the short par four 4th and the long par five 9th, where water to the right of both greens threatens approach shots. On the back nine, the 188-yard 16th plays across a small lake to the green and the short par four 18th offers a genuine birdie chance at the end of the round.
Both the Olympic Course and Cascade courses are good courses. The Olympic course is the embodiment of a course in the Pacaic Northwest with lush Evergreen trees towering over and lining many fairways. The sweet and refreshing scent becomes apparent if your ball goes astray.
Although a ways out in terms of location the course is a haven and nicely maintained. Lush fairways and proper greens. To play here I personally drove 3 hours total commute. After my round which included 19 at both the Olympic Course and Cascade course I felt that the drive was worth it. A memorable round, playing the Olympic which was challenging but fair, not gimmicky but a good test of golf.