Gold Mountain Golf Club – Olympic Course
What do you do with a few days off? Make a quick weekend trip up to Seattle!
The short 2.5 hour flight from San Diego makes the Pacific Northwest a quick hop away on a short weekend trip. Over the two days I played at Gold Mountain Golf Club and Chambers Bay.
At Gold Mountain Golf Club, I was able to play the Olympic Course. The other course available is the Cascade Course. The course has hosted multiple Junior and Collegiate golf championships and has been ranked as one of the top municipal courses in the nation.
Check out the full review to see what it’s like!
Gold Mountain Golf Club is about an hour drive from Seattle International Airport and about an hour and a half from downtown Seattle. You have the option of taking a ferry across the Puget Sound but the time you make up is negligible compared to going south around the tip of Puget Sound. The drive is mostly on freeways with no tolls.
Course Views: 9/10
Evergreens, mountains, and lakes. What more do you need to be at one with nature? Gold Mountain Golf Club offers everything you’d expect from the Pacific Northwest. Whether you catch the course in early spring or early fall, you’ll be in for a treat.
Pro Shop: 5/5
The low-profile club house rooms the pro shop and restaurant. The pro shop is well equipped with a large selection of gear including plenty of branded items.
Practice Facilities: 8/10
Gold Mountain Golf Club has a practice green and driving range available. The putting green is just behind the clubhouse and is well sized. The driving range is next to the parking lot and you hit off grass mats.
I didn’t have time to spend much time in the restaurant but from the quick look at it, it looks like a solid offering with good specials.
The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. The locals I was also able to play with were very friendly and I immensely enjoyed my experience. There was cart service while out on the course.
Rentals/Golf Cart: 4/5
Rental clubs are premium Callaway Woods and Irons and golf carts are also available without GPS.
Fairway Condition: 8/10
One perk of having rain almost year round is perpetual green grass. Thankfully, the course had thawed out a month before playing and there was some rain and favorable weather to promote a healthy course along with great greens-keeping to get the course ready for the summer. The fairways were in great shape and a little soggy in places but I expect that to change as the course matures through the summer.
Rough Condition: 8/10
The rough was healthy and thick. While the fairways loved the rain, the rough only got tougher with how thick it grew in. It wasn’t unplayable but it made you want to keep the ball in play. There was generally one cut of rough throughout the course.
Sand Trap Condition: 8/10
Even early in the season the bunkers were in pretty good shape. They had a great consistency and playability around the course aside from a few that had succumbed to the rain and weather and were a bit rocky or water logged.
Greens Conditions: 4/5
The greens were beautiful and in great shape. They were very soft and receptive but rolled true. Not much elevation change but the break was subtle and present enough to keep you thinking about your next putt.
The staff did a great job of maintaining the fringe and keeping the seamless transition from fairway or rough to the green. The course didn’t have many large landing areas but nonetheless, it was still easy to putt off of if you wanted to.
Par 3's: 4/5
The Par 3’s at Gold Mountain are a fun mix. You have big elevation change, water, and bunkers to play around. The distances are also all over the place. For instance, the Par 3 12th hole (below with me teeing off), is 251 yards from the tips while the Par 3 crossing the lake (second photo) is 188 from the tips. I found the challenge very fun and the views enjoyable.
Gold Mountain Golf Club is a nicely kept secret just outside Seattle. It’s location makes it accessible to visitors and the course conditions are excellent. If you’re looking for a nice, quiet retreat to the mountains, Gold Mountain is the place for you.
Final Rating: 83/100
I was honestly surprised by Gold Mountain Golf Club. The farther I got away from urban life and the deeper into the woods I drove, I thought it was going to be the sticks. I couldn’t have been more taken aback.
The staff, facilities, and course are in fantastic shape and with two offerings on the Olympic and Cascade course, you have plenty of variety to play with. I’m looking forward to returning and playing again.
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