Review for Gold Mountain (Olympic)

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The Olympic course at Gold Mountain rose to acclaim as the site of Jordan Spieth’s victory at the 2011 U.S. Junior Am. This victory would set him up for future success in the Pacific Northwest, and he’s lead to many seeing Washington as a second home for Jordan and his local caddie Michael Greller.

Upon arrival, it is clear that Gold Mountain offers a no-frills experience with golf at the core. Despite being a municipal facility, it is not uncommon to see professionals practicing and playing the two courses. The Olympic course takes the crown for being the more challenging layout and it is often harder to secure a tee time at peak hours.

This is true Pacific Northwest golf which is abundantly clear as the course is cut into a beautiful coniferous forest filled with towers pines and lush green space. After teeing off I was immediately struck by the contours and mounds in the fairway. It is rare to have a flat lie on the Olympic course, and it calls for creative second shots throughout the whole round. Many approach shots leave you thinking that the greens are minuscule, however upon further investigation you find large greens with undulating slopes. Green speeds have a propensity to be fast and the wind can certainly be a factor in the late afternoon.

Notable holes:

2 - A short Par 4 that asks you to take on immense mounds in the fairway. Don’t let the length fool you. This Green is protected by steep bunkers right of the green.

9- This long par 5 requires three thoughtful shots. Missing left will draw the ball into a valley and will leave a blind 2nd. Going for this small and well protected green in two is a risk, but playing the slopes on the left side of the approach will be beneficial. This beautiful green will be showcased on photos all over the internet.

Par 3’s- I love the par threes on this course. They are far from boring and will require you to choose your clubs wisely.

This is a very good course that is accesible for golfers of all skill levels. If you find yourself in the South Sound, you will not find a better value. It is great to see this facility as a model for municipal golf courses everywhere.

Date: August 07, 2021

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