Gold Mountain (Olympic) • Bremerton
If we were to determine our list exclusively by value, Gold Mountain would be No. 1 every single year. Only two of the other top-10 courses have a peak greens fee under $100 — and their point totals combined can’t match the Olympic.
In fact, come up with any criteria to rank our state’s public courses, and the Olympic Course will be in the top-five. Value? Of course. Memorable holes? Definitely. Ease of access? You bet. National fanfare? The USGA and NCAA regularly play there, so, yes, certainly. Quintessential “Northwestiness?“ (Yes, I just made that word up.) Absolutely.
The fact is, the Olympic Course is our rock. As one course after another has been knocked out of the top-10 by a flashy newcomer over the last 20 years, the Olympic Course has held steady in the top-five, always reliable, always enjoyable, and always guaranteed to knock the socks off of any out-of-towner who can’t believe that we pay as little as $30 in the summer to play such an incredible track.
Courses like the Olympic are why we live here. And by your votes, you’ve shown that you appreciate just how lucky we all are.