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Gold Mountian Golf Complex – Bremerton, WA – Review

October 20, 2009 by Chris  
Filed under Washington Courses

Gold Mountain Golf Complex offers golfers a tranquil retreat that will challenge your game and bring you a sense of peace.  Located just a short distance from Seattle in Bremerton, Washington the Olympic course at Golf Mountain is a must play for the avid golfer.  Designed by John Harbottle II the Olympic course played host to the 81st U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 2006, and will host the 2008 Men’s West Regional.

Gold Mountain Hole 11 Picture Gold Mountain Hole 17 Picture

Stretching over 7,000 yards from the back tees the course is sure to challenge your game.  The design of the course makes you fell as if the holes were cut straight out of the woods, and the Olympic Mountains can be seen on a variety of holes on the front nine.  One of the nice things about the course is that while there are a lot of trees it does not feel suffocating.  Often times heavily wooded courses offer golfers little forgiveness for an offline shot, however Gold Mountain offers golfers plenty of landing area for tee shots. 

We played the course on a nice sunny day in December and while it was cold, the playing conditions were perfect.  Despite torrential rain fall throughout the week leading up to the round the course was in pristine condition.  With lush fairways and greens as well as beautifully manicured tee boxes, one couldn’t ask for better course conditions.  We played from the back tees and the course played quite long.  Be sure to pick your tee box wisely, as I wouldn’t advise playing the back tees unless you are prepared to hit a number of long irons during your round.  We played the back tees and it was a very demanding round. 

Gold Mountain Hole 3 PictureGold Mountain Hole 6 Picture

The course opens with a long par 4, testing your length right from the start.  Despite the length the opening hole offers a fairly generous landing area so you can grip it and rip it on the first hole.  The par 4 fourth is one of the shorter par 4’s on the course; however it has a drastically elevated green that will requite you to take at least one extra club.   This nicely designed hole offers golfers with good distance control a nice chance to score.

One of my favorite views of the day came on the tee box of the Par 5 sixth hole.  This is a nicely designed hole that runs uphill for the first half of the hole and then falls off downhill for the approach to the green.  Unless you are a very long hitter the hole will force you to play a blind second shot over the holes ridge.  The 9th hole is a long par 5 that takes you back towards the clubhouse.  From the tips this hole measures 621 yards and plays as a definite 3 shot hole.  The holes slopes downward towards the green, which is guarded on the right and behind by water; so be careful when laying up near the green as the downhill approach also tends to funnel shots towards the water.

The par 4 tenth is a short and open par 4, giving golfers a great opportunity to put a low number on their scorecard.  If you are playing from the back tees you had better watch out for the par 3 twelfth, the hole stretches 251 and will take a great shot to put it on the green.  The other par 3 on the back nine is a beautiful hole with an elevated tee box and large pond that you must carry.  The seventeenth is a long par 4 that offers a great view from its highly elevated tee box, two good shots are needed on this hole to have a chance at birdie as the green is guarded by trees on the right and a marsh area short left.  The finishing hole is a short par 4 with bunkers guarding the long hitters from going after the green.  If you are walking the course you may need to conserve some energy as it is a long trek back up to the clubhouse from the 18th green.

The Olympic course at Gold Mountain is a fantastic layout that will challenge any golfer.  If you have never been out to Bremerton I would suggest taking the ferry across and enjoying the nice ride across the water.  Gold Mountain also offers a full restaurant and well stocked pro shop, so be sure to stop by and grab a bite to eat after your round.

 

Check out all my photos of this course.

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  1. Your enjoy reading your blog, it is one of my favorites.
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