The Pacific Northwest may be surrounded by water but—somewhat surprisingly—there aren’t that many available swimming pools in our area. Nothing says school’s out like splashing in the water then relaxing poolside with a cool drink while drying under the summer sun. At Olympia Country & Golf Club, their pool is a seasonal delight every Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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At the Olympia Country & Golf Club pool you can swim all summer long with a view of Budd Inlet and the surrounding snowy hills. Photo courtesy: Olympia Golf & Country Club

“For lots of people, swimming feels like not just a summer pastime, but a ritual that cleanses the body of temporal woes,” say researchers from The Atlantic. “When people rank the enjoyability of different forms of exercise, swimming routinely comes out on top. Water is both comforting and energizing; it clears the mind and buoys the soul.”

After the long months of winter and Coronavirus-fueled isolation, getting outside is cathartic. Masks and social distancing are here for a while longer, but vaccine rollouts mean social activities like swimming can slowly start to reopen.

The Olympia Country & Golf Club pool is one of only three non-residential outdoor pools in the county. It is heated, overlooks picturesque Budd Inlet and can be enjoyed by members and guests of all ages. Club General Manager Jason Reehm estimates they host more than 1,000 visitors each summer season.

The pool is open weekends only from Memorial Day through June 21, to coincide with local school calendars. Once school is out, they open seven days a week through Labor Day weekend. Adult lap-swim time runs from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily with families welcome afterwards.

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Members and guests can enjoy the heated outdoor pool from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Photo courtesy: Olympia Golf & Country Club

Members can bring unlimited guests, but each visitor can only visit five total times per season. There is a $5 charge per guest. But while there, everyone is sure to enjoy newly expanded deck space featuring all new deck chairs, tables, umbrellas and chaise lounges.

And because nothing makes you hungrier than time on and in the water, the Club is excited to debut their dedicated pool snack shack opening Memorial Day weekend. “This will have a new menu and will really expedite service for those at the pool,” says Reehm.

To keep everyone safe, the pool will initially open with timeslots via a reservation system, “to ensure we are abiding by state COVID mandates and it also gives a better experience for members,” says Reehm. “And our staff will be cleaning tables and chairs frequently to ensure cleanliness confidence.”

Not a Club member yet? Now’s the perfect time to sign up or try-before-you-buy. “We will not be charging an initiation fee for any new members until June 1,” explains Reehm. “This is really a one-time offer, partly due to COVID, for any new member to join and start right away, while saving money on the initiation fees. We are also bringing back our trial membership promotion of three months for $600. This gives prospective members the ability to try out the club for no initiation and a reduced monthly due for the spring.”

To take advantage of either of their springtime membership deals, simply call Reehm at 360.866.7121 or email jason@olygolfclub.com. Then grab your clubs, gym bag, swimsuit, boat keys, and event calendar for a great way to while away those long summer days. Need to reschedule a wedding or event that was postponed by COVID-19? The Club’s banquet facilities can host up to 250 guests and on-site party planners and catering staff are ready to tackle all your get-together needs.

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If all that swimming makes you hungry, visit the new pool snack shack and recharge with a waterfront food or beverage. Photo courtesy: Olympia Golf & Country Club
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