The Olympic Club, San Francisco

The Olympic Club was established in 1860 and enjoys the distinction of being America's oldest athletic club, with some 5,000 members who compete in 19 sports out of its downtown San Francisco clubhouse. Its 45 holes of golf include the Lake Course, which was originally designed in 1924 by Willie Watson and Sam Whiting, and redesigned by Whiting in 1927 after it suffered storm damage. The Lake Course remains true to the 1927 design, with minimal renovations in the intervening years, save for the recent creation of a new eighth hole, a 200-yard par 3. The course is hosting its fifth U.S. Open and will surely challenge players with its narrow, tree-lined fairways and small, well-bunkered greens.

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