Architect Gil Hanse to Develop Master Plans for Olympic Club and Lake Merced
January 13, 2020
Architect Gil Hanse has been tabbed for renovation projects at both the Olympic Club and Lake Merced Golf Club.
The Olympic Club recently announced that it will bring in Hanse Golf Course Design to develop a master plan for its golf facilities. Gil Hanse will meet with members this summer and begin work in the fall of 2020.
On December 19, Jeffrey Pero, president of Lake Merced Golf Club, informed members via email that the Board of Directors had authorized the hiring of Hanse to prepare a master plan for the golf course and golf-related facilities. Hanse will begin visiting the club in the fall of 2020, and members are expected to vote on a final plan in the first half of 2021.
Both the Olympic Club and Lake Merced hold significant places in the history of San Francisco golf. Olympic’s Lake Course dates back to 1924. Designed by Willie Watson and built by Sam Whiting, it went on to host five U.S. Opens and three U.S. Amateurs. In addition, the Lake Course is slated to host the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open, the 2025 U.S. Amateur, the 2028 PGA Championship, and the 2032 Ryder Cup. Preparing for these tournaments is a key motivating factor in the Olympic Club’s decision to hire Hanse Golf Course Design.
Lake Merced Golf Club, which is nearby, was founded in 1922 and redesigned by Alister MacKenzie in the late 20s. Over the years, because of a highway expansion and numerous renovations by different architects, the course lost its MacKenzie traits. Since 2018, Lake Merced has hosted the LPGA Mediheal Championship. It will host this year’s NCGA Junior Championship.