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I have heard a lot of criticism about the trees surrounding the narrow fairways at Olympic Lake course and I cannot understand it. Olympic Lake is the course it is because of the trees. Just my opinion.
The problem with the trees lining the fairways of the Lake Course is that there are so many of them, they are so tall and they are so thick that the fairway turf simply does not get enough sunlight to grow properly. The situation is made even worse because of the fog in the summer and the fact that the course sits below the ridge to the west, which blocks out the late afternoon sun. As a result, the turf is very thin and the root structure of the turf is very shallow. Because of this, thin, muddy lies in the middle of a fairway are not uncommon, even at 3 or 4 p.m. on a summer afternoon. Fairway roll is minimal, at best.Personally, I think as many as 1/3 of the trees are redundant, as there are fairways that have 2 or 3 rows of trees between them in some places. Many of these trees could be removed without making the course any less challenging to play, yet would allow the fairways to get far more sunlight and air circulation than they now receive. I believe the condition of the turf would improve greatly.
I've never played Olympic Lake - but I like the debate here. I've played Sahalee (and love it) many times through the trees! Every golf course is different, which makes golf such a unique game - and is at the basis of much of the conversation here. Golf is the only game I'm aware of without a tightly prescribed playing field - thank goodness. Some are narrow, some are wide, some are long, some are short, some are hilly some are flat. I wish I could play 'em all and hope someday to have the opportunity to "chip out" at Olympic. I've heard that "the woods are full of long hitters".Steve