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The Olympic Club
Olympic Club
is an athletic club and private social club in San Francisco, California. First named the " San Francisco
San Francisco
Olympic Club",[4] it is the oldest athletic club in the United States. Established on May 6, 1860, its first officers were President, G.W. Bell, Secretary, E. Bonnell, Treasurer, H.G. Hanks, and Leader, Arthur Nahl.[4] Its main "City Clubhouse" is located in San Francisco's Union Square district, and its three golf courses are in the southwestern corner of the city, at the border with Daly City. The "Lakeside Clubhouse" is located just north of the Daly City border; the two clubhouses are separated by about 10 miles (16 km). The three golf courses are named Lake, Ocean, and Cliffs. Lake and Ocean are 18-hole par-71 courses, and the Cliffs is a nine-hole par-3 course in the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. All three venues are lined with many trees (almost 40,000 on the Lake course) and offer views of the Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
and Golden Gate Park. The United States Golf Association recognizes the Olympic Club
Olympic Club
as one of the first 100 golf clubs established in the United States. In November 2017, it was announced that Olympic Club
Olympic Club
would host the 2032 Ryder Cup.[5]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Women's Athletic Club 1.2 Discrimination lawsuit 1.3 Golf club 1.4 Competition 1.5 Winged-O football and rugby 1.6 Rugby

2 City Clubhouse 3 The courses

3.1 General course information 3.2 The Lake Course

3.2.1 Scorecard

3.3 The Ocean Course 3.4 The Cliffs Course

4 The Tour Championship 5 U.S. Opens 6 U.S. Amateurs 7 U.S. Junior Amateur 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

History[edit]

Nahl Brothers, 1855

Ruins of the club, 1906 quake

Olympic natatorium

First named the " San Francisco
San Francisco
Olympic Club",[4] it is the oldest athletic club in the United States. Established on May 6, 1860, its first officers were President, G.W. Bell, Secretary, E. Bonnell, Treasurer, H.G. Hanks, and Leader, Arthur Nahl.[4] James J. Corbett, the heavyweight boxing champion from 1892 to 1897, joined the club in 1884. He later went on to coach boxing at the club for many years. On January 2, 1893 the club opened its first permanent clubhouse on Post Street. That building did not survive the San Francisco earthquake. Women's Athletic Club[edit] Women who could not join the men-only Olympic Club
Olympic Club
built their own modest athletic club a few doors down, named the Women's Athletic Club of San Francisco. Begun in 1912 and completed in 1917, it provided many of the same facilities as the Olympic Club. In 1966, the Club changed its name to the Metropolitan Club of San Francisco. It may be found on Sutter St., in back of the Olympic Club's parking garage. [6] Discrimination lawsuit[edit] In 1987, San Francisco
San Francisco
City Attorney Louise Renne filed suit against the Olympic Club
Olympic Club
for discrimination against women and (allegedly) against minorities. Renne contended that the Club's lease of City-owned land upon which one hole of the Lake Course and two holes of the Ocean Course required them to conform to the City's anti-discrimination policies.[7] Rather than face a protracted legal case with an uncertain outcome, the board voted to accept women as members in 1990.[8] The allegation involving minorities was withdrawn. Golf club[edit] In 1918, the club took over the Lakeside Golf Club, which had just opened in 1917 but was struggling financially. Lakeside had one 18-hole golf course designed by Wilfrid Reid, but following additional land purchases the club decided to replace it with two courses. These were designed by Willie Watson, a well-known Scottish architect, and the Lake and Ocean courses opened in 1924. The Ocean course was shortly thereafter damaged by landslides, and Sam Whiting (who had constructed the two courses, and would remain as superintendent until 1954) remodeled and rebuilt both courses in 1927. In 1953, the Lake course was modified by Robert Trent Jones
Robert Trent Jones
in preparation for the 1955 U.S. Open. The Ocean course was altered several times over the years, and following heavy storm damage in 1996 was completely redesigned by Tom Weiskopf and reopened in 2000.[9] The Cliffs Course opened in 1994 with Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf as the course architects. The Olympic Club
Olympic Club
hosted the 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Sihwan Kim) and the U.S. Amateur in 1958 (won by Charles Coe) and 1981 (won by Nathaniel Crosby, son of Bing Crosby). The Lake and Ocean Courses were used for the 2007 U.S. Amateur, which was won by Colt Knost of Dallas, Texas, who earned a 2-and-1 victory over Michael Thompson of Tucson, Arizona. Competition[edit] In 1909, Olympian and club member Ralph Rose
Ralph Rose
set a world record shot put throw of 51 feet. In 1915, the club's amateur basketball team won the Amateur
Amateur
Athletic Union (AAU) Basketball
Basketball
Championship. In 1934, club member Fred Apostoli won the National Amateur
Amateur
Middleweight boxing title. In 1937, the Olympic Club
Olympic Club
track and field team won the Track and Field National Championships. In 1941, club member Hank Luisetti helped lead the Olympic Club
Olympic Club
basketball team to win the AAU Basketball
Basketball
Championships again. In 1950, Olympic Club
Olympic Club
member Arthur Larsen
Arthur Larsen
won the U.S. Open of tennis in Forest Hills, New York. The Olympic Club
Olympic Club
water polo team won the 1959 Water Polo National Championship. Cycling is one of the sports with the longest tradition at the Olympic Club. From 1893 to 1903, the Olympic Club
Olympic Club
Cycling Team was one of the club's premier teams. Although the sanctioned cycling team disbanded in 1903, many Olympians participated in cycling on an individual basis. The most illustrious of these was Ernest Ohrt. Ohrt capped his cycling career by being named coach of the United States
United States
Olympic Games cycling team in 1924. Beginning in the mid-1990s, a revived Olympic Club
Olympic Club
cycling team supported several cyclists who went on to become professional road cyclists. Former Olympic Club
Olympic Club
cyclists who later turned professional include Skyler Bishop, Nick Kelez, James Hibbard, Jackson Stewart, Mike Tillman and Zach Walker. In addition to being a springboard for aspiring professional cyclists, the modern cycling team also boasts some of the finest masters-age cyclists in the nation, including Brian McGuire, Hal Johnson, Cynthia Mommsen and Lisa Hunt. Club member Maureen O'Toole won a silver medal in water polo at the 2000 Olympic Games
2000 Olympic Games
in Sydney, Australia. At least five Olympic Club
Olympic Club
members have won the Dipsea Race, which was founded by OC members: Oliver Millard in 1910 and 1913, Mason Hartwell in 1917, Norman Bright in 1970, Joe King in 1995 and 1996, and Shirley Matson in 1993. In 1992, the Club set up the Winged "O" Foundation, which changed its name to The Olympic Club Foundation in 2002. Its purpose is to fund youth sports programs which primarily target less advantaged youth who live in the Bay Area. Winged-O football and rugby[edit] The Olympic Club
Olympic Club
fielded a football team that played Bay Area colleges such as Stanford, Cal, St. Mary's, and Santa Clara.[10] The team was formed in 1890.[11] That year, the Olympic Club
Olympic Club
was accused by a rival club of enticing athletes to jump to its ranks with offers of jobs. An investigation by the Amateur
Amateur
Athletic Union ruled that the Olympics' practice was not actually professionalism but only a "semi" form of it, thus inventing the term "semi-pro". Although the Amateur
Amateur
Athletic Union didn't like the idea very much, it decided that clubs could indeed offer employment without losing their amateur status or compromising the athlete.[12] From 1891 through 1934, Olympic club had a 12-30-8 record against Stanford[13] and a 6-49-5 record against Cal.[14] In 1926, Percy Locey played football at the Olympic Club. He was a member of the Olympic's "Winged-O" football eleven that handed the University of California's "Wonder Team" their first loss in five seasons.[15] In 1928, Locey took over as the head football coach at the Olympic Club.[15] In his first year with the Olympic Club, his team posted an undefeated season, with wins over future Pac-12 schools Stanford and 1929 Rose Bowl
1929 Rose Bowl
bound California. After the success of that season, Locey was promoted to head coach of all sports at the athletic club. He was named the coach of the West team in the annual East-West Shrine game in 1929, though his team was defeated that year, 19-7. Rugby[edit] Main article: Olympic Club
Olympic Club
RFC Olympic Club
Olympic Club
fields a rugby team that has participates in the Pacific Rugby Premiership and formerly in USA D1 and in the Rugby Super League. The Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP) is the highest level domestic rugby competition in the U.S. Several players from Olympic Club have played for the U.S. national rugby team. In 1913, the Olympic Club's rugby union team played the touring the New Zealand All Blacks, then as now the world top team in that sport. Olympic Club
Olympic Club
members later provided the core of the U.S. national team that won gold medals in rugby at the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics,[citation needed] the last occasion the sport was part of the Olympic program. City Clubhouse[edit]

The Olympic Club's main entrance on Post Street

The Olympic Club's City Clubhouse is a masonry building on Post Street, two blocks west of Union Square in San Francisco, next door to the Bohemian Club
Bohemian Club
and on the same block as the Marines Memorial Club. A garage (shared by the Marines Memorial Club) and separate entrance are on Sutter Street, on the north side of the block. The current clubhouse was built in 1912, after the first one was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco
San Francisco
earthquake. The clubhouse contains a pub, a dining room, meeting rooms, banquet rooms, guestrooms, a fitness center, a cardio solarium, handball and squash courts, circuit training facilities, two basketball courts, two swimming pools, and a rooftop deck. The club was the setting of the 1966 episode "The Fight San Francisco Never Forgot" of the syndicated western television series, Death Valley Days. In the story line Walter Watson (John McLiam) halts a local bully and trains James J. Corbett
James J. Corbett
(James Davidson) as his promotional rival.[16] The courses[edit] General course information[edit] Bent grass covers the greens. The fairways are a rye and poa annua grass combination. The roughs also have a bit of bluegrass mixed in. Setup for the 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship:

The Lake Course played at 6,948 yards and par 35-35=70. The Ocean Course, which was used for the first two days of stroke play only, played at 6,786 yards and par 35-35=70. The Lake Course was set for green speeds of approximately 11 feet, 6 inches on the Stimpmeter. The primary rough was grown to 4 inches, with a strip of intermediate rough cut to 1½ inches in height. The Lake Course carried a USGA Course Rating of 74.8 and a USGA Slope Rating of 143. The Ocean Course carried a USGA Course Rating of 74.0 and a USGA Slope Rating of 136.

The Lake Course[edit]

18th hole at the Lake Course

The Lake Course has been recognized by Golf Magazine
Golf Magazine
in its list of the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It has also been recognized in Golf Week's category of "America's 100 Best Classical Courses." In Golf Digest's list of the U.S. 100 Greatest Courses for 2007–2008, the Lake Course was ranked 23. It is almost entirely within the borders of San Francisco. The yardage of the Lake Course is 7,060 yards from the new championship tees, with a course rating of 75.7 and a slope rating of 143. From the next set of tees forward, the course measures 6,529 yards, and has a course rating of 72.3 and a slope rating of 132. From the next set of tees forward, the course measures 6,235 yards, and has a course rating of 70.9 and a slope rating of 129. From the front tees, the course measures 5,593 yards, and has a course rating of 68.6 and a slope rating of 122. The Lake Course was lengthened to prepare for the 2007 U.S. Amateur and 2012 U.S. Open by architect Bill Love. Included in the improvements by Bill Love were new tees that have added significant length to the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 12th, 13th and 16th holes. In addition, drastic changes were made to the par-4 seventh and par-3 eighth holes as part of the greens replacement project. A new two-tiered green at the seventh replaces the old three-level green constructed in the 1970s. This green is located approximately 20 yards behind the old one. The most dramatic alterations were made at the par-3 8th. Previously just a short uphill pitch, a completely new hole has been built with a teeing area well back and to the right of the original, changing the angle of approach and pushing the length of the hole back to 200 yards. A new green has also been built at the par-3 15th. The controversial 18th green has also been changed further to reintroduce, in a more playable manner, the slope that was previously removed while at the same time creating more diversity in pin placements for the finishing hole. The new 7th and 8th holes opened for play in May 2009. Scorecard[edit]

Olympic Club
Olympic Club
- Lake Course

Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total

U.S. Open 75.7 / 143 520 428 247 438 498 489 288 200 449 3557 424 430 451 199 419 154 670 522 344 3613 7170

Par U.S. Open 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 34 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 5 4 36 70

Black 75.0 / 142 533 418 229 430 457 439 294 181 439 3420 422 430 415 195 417 157 609 522 347 3514 6934

Blue 73.2 / 134 515 380 212 417 434 426 284 169 424 3261 395 414 399 180 402 142 579 491 334 3336 6597

White 71.7 / 130 500 367 198 396 420 415 263 154 382 3095 385 384 375 172 388 133 562 464 322 3185 6280

Handicap Men's 13 5 11 3 1 7 17 15 9

10 4 8 16 6 18 2 14 12

Par Men's 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 35 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 5 4 36 71

Par Women's 5 4 3 4 5 5 4 3 5 38 4 5 4 3 5 3 5 5 4 38 76

Handicap Women's 11 9 7 5 13 1 15 17 3

10 2 8 16 4 18 6 14 12

Green 68.6 / 123 455 286 185 296 328 380 241 115 350 2636 371 369 359 156 366 122 457 443 310 2953 5589

The Ocean Course[edit] The Ocean Course has seen many changes over its history including a recent complete redesign and reconstruction in 2012 by architects Bill Love and Brian Kington. The Ocean Course's storied past includes winter El Niño storms in 1983, and 1997 that caused significant damage and required major changes to the course and layout. During the mid-1990s, the club built 4 holes west of Skyline Blvd. along the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Holes of par 4, par 3, par 5, and par 4 had dramatic views, but these holes were severely eroded and fell victim to the 1997 storm. Prior to the recent 2012 renovation project the course had been rebuilt in 1999. The regular yardage for the Ocean Course is 6,925 yards from the Black Championship tees with a course rating of 73.6 and a slope rating of 136. From the Blue tees, the course measures 6,496 yards and has a course rating of 71.1 and a slope rating of 129. From White tees, the course measures 5,898 yards with a course rating of 68.8 and a slope rating of 121. From the Green tees, the course measures 5,386 yards with a course rating of 66.5 and a slope rating of 115. In preparation for the 2007 U.S. Amateur, the 14th hole was changed, to allow the 15th hole and driving range to be lengthened. The Ocean Course recently hosted the U.S.G.A. Amateur
Amateur
Four-ball Championships in May 2015. Scorecard

Olympic Club
Olympic Club
- Ocean Course

Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total

Black 73.6 / 136 555 196 420 565 172 337 446 423 391 3505 184 546 395 365 396 475 438 207 414 3420 6925

Blue 71.1 / 129 535 176 382 544 161 306 431 396 377 3308 167 504 376 354 380 422 406 187 392 3188 6496

White 68.8 / 121 498 151 361 479 159 299 386 370 354 3057 144 454 353 318 333 389 352 170 328 2841 5898

Handicap Men's 7 15 5 9 17 13 1 3 11

14 4 6 16 8 2 10 18 12

Par Men's 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 36 3 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 35 71

Par Women's 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 36 3 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 36 71

Handicap Women's 3 17 5 11 15 13 7 1 9

18 4 6 16 10 2 8 14 12

Green 66.5 / 113 479 134 326 437 142 275 359 359 339 2850 120 433 313 292 249 355 343 113 318 2536 5386

The Cliffs Course[edit] The 9-hole, par 3 Cliffs Course is the windiest because it is set on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. Though it is short, it is very challenging. Designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf, it is the most scenic of all three courses. It measures 1,800 yards. The Tour Championship[edit] The Olympic Club
Olympic Club
has hosted two PGA Tour's season-ending event, Tour Championship, in 1993 and 1994.

Year Winner Score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's Share ($)

1994 Mark McCumber 274 (−10) Playoff Fuzzy Zoeller 3,000,000 540,000

1993 Jim Gallagher, Jr. 277 (−7) 1 stroke David Frost John Huston Greg Norman Scott Simpson 3,000,000 540,000

U.S. Opens[edit] The Olympic Club
Olympic Club
has hosted five U.S. Golf Opens, in 1955, 1966, 1987, 1998 and 2012. The Olympic Club
Olympic Club
has destroyed 54-hole leaders each time the Open has been played there. Jack Fleck won in 1955, defeating Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
in an 18-hole playoff after the two were tied at the end of 72 holes on 287. Billy Casper defeated Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer
in a playoff to win in 1966 and in 1987 Scott Simpson won by one shot from Tom Watson. Lee Janzen
Lee Janzen
won at Olympic in 1998 with a score of 280 (even par, as the course played a par 70 for the U.S. Open). Players complained about the pin position at the 18th hole in the second round. The pin was set at the top of a ridge, and, many balls rolled on way past the cup. Kirk Triplett
Kirk Triplett
incurred a two-stroke penalty when he used his putter to stop the ball from rolling. Payne Stewart, the runner-up to Janzen, complained as he three-putted the hole. The green was flattened around 2000 as a result, but was given more slope in the recent renovation to the course. The 2012 U.S Open was won by Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson
when he scored 4 birdies in the last 13 holes. This U.S. Open was part of three sports championships involving San Francisco
San Francisco
that year, along with the Giants' World Series victory and the 49ers' sixth Super Bowl appearance.

Year Winner Score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's share ($)

2012 Webb Simpson 281 (+1) 1 stroke Graeme McDowell Michael Thompson 8,000,000 1,440,000

1998 Lee Janzen 280 (E) 1 stroke Payne Stewart 3,000,000 535,000

1987 Scott Simpson 277 (−3) 1 stroke Tom Watson 825,000 150,000

1966 Billy Casper 278 (−2) Playoff Arnold Palmer 147,490 26,500

1955 Jack Fleck 287 (+7) Playoff Ben Hogan 6,000

U.S. Amateurs[edit] The Olympic Club
Olympic Club
has hosted three U.S. Amateurs, in 1958, 1981, and 2007.

Year Winner Result Runner-up

2007 Colt Knost 2 & 1 Michael Thompson

1981 Nathaniel Crosby 37 holes Brian Lindley

1958 Charles Coe 5 & 4 Tommy Aaron

U.S. Junior Amateur[edit] The Olympic Club
Olympic Club
has hosted one U.S. Junior Amateur, in 2004.

Year Winner Result Runner-up

2004 Sihwan Kim 1 up David Chung

See also[edit]

List of American gentlemen's clubs Olympic Club
Olympic Club
Foundation

References[edit]

^ "U.S. Open course 2012". USGA. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2012.  ^ "Course Rating and Slope Database: Olympic Club
Olympic Club
- Lakeside". USGA. Retrieved June 2, 2012.  ^ "Course Rating and Slope Database: Olympic Club
Olympic Club
- Ocean". USGA. Retrieved June 2, 2012.  ^ a b c d Janssen, Frederick William (1888). A history of American amateur athletics and aquatics: with the records (Digitized March 9, 2010 ed.). Outing Company. pp. 131–2.  ^ Inglis, Martin (November 3, 2017). "Report: 2032 Ryder Cup host venue decided". bunkered.  ^ "About Us". Metropolitanclubsf.org. Retrieved January 29, 2013.  ^ " Olympic Club
Olympic Club
Faces Suit". Los Angeles Times. September 4, 1988. Retrieved January 29, 2013.  ^ " Olympic Club
Olympic Club
to Open Its Doors". Los Angeles Times. May 10, 1987. Retrieved January 29, 2013.  ^ "History of Olympic Club
Olympic Club
Golf".  ^ Olympic Club
Olympic Club
at a glance, 2004 ^ PFRA Research (1987). "When Did they Start?" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 9: 1–5. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 27, 2010.  ^ PFRA Research. "Five Hundred Reasons" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association: 1–6. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2010.  ^ Stanford Football Media guide (PDF copy available at www.gostanford.com) ^ California
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Golden Bears Football Media guide (PDF copy available at www.gobears.com) ^ a b "Carry Me Back". Archived from the original on June 8, 2007. Retrieved December 19, 2007.  ^ "The Fight San Francisco
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External links[edit]

Official website The Ocean Course at golfcourse.com The Lake Course at golfcourse.com The Cliffs Course at golfcourse.com

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