Golf at Chambers Bay: Venue of the 2015 U.S. Open
Chambers Bay, located south of Seattle and close to Tacoma, has already created a lot of buzz after its opening. The public course, managed by Kemper Sports, was awarded the 2015 U.S. Open shortly after it had been completed. The club already hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur (won by Peter Uihlein) as a “try run.”
This 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. masterpiece is situated right along the Puget Sound and was designed as a “links-style” track. While I wouldn’t consider it to be a true links, it certainly looks like and plays like the classic links in Scotland and Ireland.
The course usually plays firm and fast, looks brown and calls for low shots and bump-and-runs. The challenging design is more than 7,100 yards long and boasts “free form tees,” rumbling fairways, windswept dunes, native fescues, plenty of bunkers and undulating greens.
The best players in the world will probably have their hands full in 2015. This will mark the first time the U.S. Open will be played in the Pacific Northwest and to TV viewers watching at home, it will most probably look more like a British Open and not like the national championship. Golf aficionados should play this course as it is one of only about a handful of U.S. Open venues open to the public. The design is as spectacular as the beauty surrounding it – even golfers struggling to shoot a great score on this challenging track are rewarded with amazing views.
Chambers Bay is walking only for daily play. Caddies are available and I certainly recommend them, especially to first time visitors.
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