Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 16 - Golf at The Olympic Club

Golden Gate Bridge

Union Square

Wonderful day again. Slept late after listening to the A-League final until 2am (Clocks also went forward here). Nice breakfast in cafe across the road then walked one block down to Union Square where all the high end shops are located - Had a quick wander around then back to the hotel to get ready for our afternoon of golf.

Sean at Olympic Club
 Weather was overcast and showers were forcast. Was quite cool too, so added a few extra layers again. Went for a drive around the bay and beaches area - accidentally came across a park with wonderful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, still overcast so photos are not great, but it is a very scenic view.
Headed to The Olympic Club for our 2pm tee time. This is a fully private course but Sean wrote them a nice e-mail telling them we were members at Royal QLD and they gave us a tee time. They certainly charged us for the game - very $$$$$$$$, even had to get a caddy to come round with us as we were unaccompanied by a member. His name was Paul and his knowledge was excellent. I could not believe how well he could read the greens - I have never putted so well (thanks to him).
Olympic Club - SF

Olympic Club
  As previously mentioned, this course is hosting the US Open next year. It was great for us to play it so that when we watch the golf on TV we can really know where they are hitting. etc... - only a golfer could understand this :-)
I played really quite well. Very thick rough and no run at all as they have had rain and it was wet underfoot. I had 32 points, including a 4 pointer (missed the 5 pointer by 2 inches!). Very glad I had a couple of lessons before we came away, it has made a huge difference. Weather was cool and we did get showers on and off. Had full wet weather gear on and remained warm and dry.

Jane - Olympic Club clubhouse
Sean also played ok. He ended with 29 points, again not bad considering the conditions. Shame the photos are a little dull because of the cloud and rain, but we thoroughly enjoyed the game and feel that it was worth every cent. It is ranked in the top 20 courses in the US and I can see why.

Olympic Club
 Back to hotel for shower then found a Spanish restaurant close by. I had a really nice paella and Sean had the steak. Very good good again - we have had a real variety of foods and have enjoyed nearly all of our meals.
Time for sleep soon. Sightseeing tomorrow. Love San Francisco so far :-)

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