Some golf course reviewers put an amplified amount of importance on the scenery that accompanies a round and, if this were all that mattered, the Cliffs course at the Olympic Club might be picked as the best among the three routes featured. Unfortunately for Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, that club also hosts both the acclaimed Ocean Course and the major championship-hosting Lake Course.
Perhaps fortunately for the duo, there was only property available for a par three course and therefore they could work without the pressure of living up to such championship-caliber routes. The result is what many consider to be the single best short course in California.
The show-stopping views come early, as players will have unadulterated views of the Pacific along the lengths of nos. 3 and 4; although the distraction of these vistas is enough to shake the average golfer, also beware of the sand hazards lying in front of and behind these greens!
Weiskopf and Morrish may not have gotten to design a full 18 but they did land a job renovating the Ocean course, so you can’t feel too bad for them.
My favorite of the courses at Olympic. It isn't the best course on property, but there is no better place to be in the world than the Cliffs Course at sunset with a burger dog in hand. While I consider the Sandbox and Bandon Preserve to be mediocre, the Cliffs course doesn't pretend to be something more than it is.
Bliss. Playing this little course as the sun sets over the Pacific, with an Anchor Steam in hand and a Burger Dog waiting on the grill would be a top golf experience. The course is at once elegant, plucky, bohemian and slightly madcap, like a fourth-generation Yalie who tuned in, dropped out and followed the Merry Pranksters west to San Francisco. Bravo!
I came to the Course almost by accident, as I didn’t know it existed. After finishing the round at the Lakes Course and a great lunch, we wanted to play some more golf but TPC Harding Park had a Tournament and it was not available. When I came to Chris (Head Pro) he said “Why don’t you play the Cliffs?” and when I asked how good it was he jumped on a golf cart and showed it to me. WOW! It is not only a great design (Tom Weiskopf) but amazing views and challenge as we playing with very strong winds (on 3rd of 130 yds the club was 7 iron!). If you are invited to Olympic, this is mandatory. The course is even nicer and better than Augusta Par 3 Course, and also a very interesting skills test of mid and short irons plus chipping and putting.