Chambers Bay Review

Chambers Bay: #17Chambers Bay in University Place

6320 Grandview Dr W
University Place, WA 98467
Pierce County

March 17th, 2008 22:26


First Name Rich
Last Name Booker
Handicap 27

Course Review and Comments

The RTJ design team has created a true links course out of an enormous hole in the ground that yielded very high quality gravel and sand for nearly eighty years. It was this sand especially that made the site ideal for a course like Bandon Dunes or the Old Course at St. Andrews. Much more information can be gleaned at the website above, but a few highlights include the 1st and 18th sharing a fairway, the 5th has two possible greens 150 yards apart, the 7th is a long, dogleg right par four with two big, sand humps in front of the green and a false front that returns balls thirty yards, the 8th is a 600 yarder that rises all the way, the 9th is a 227 yard three shotter with a 100 foot drop. My favorite is the 10th, which climbs uphill between two sixty-foot dunes and narrows to only 15 yards filled entirely with deep traps and putting surface. The 12th is unique in that it is an uphill, narrow, driveable (300 yards)par four that opens to the largest green--but one that has so many undulations that four pros all three-putted in a recent skins game that Aaron Baddeley won. The 14th is a beautiful cape hole that begins high up on the hill and requires at least a 300 yard carry across a huge sand waste area from the back tee, which is, get this--520 yards to the green, the longest par four ever in a major. 15 is a beautiful par three aimed at the only tree--the Lone Fir hole. Sixteen and seventeen parallel the water with and active railroad just thirty yards to the player's right. Both greens have diabolical Sunday pin locations that could change the fortunes of the contestants in an instant. Number 18, named Mount Tahoma for the Indian name for Mount Rainier, is a great going home hole that turns away from the Sound, skirts several gigantic, diamond-shaped concrete ruins that were sorting bins of the gravel operation, crosses another large waste area, then narrows to an amphitheater around another roly-poly, undulating green. A 5-acre lawn is growing in to the right of the 18th fairway to accomodate spectator stands, corporate tents and other facilities necessary to a big event. If Kemper Sports and the USGA allow spectators to follow the action from the tops of the sand dunes like we did watching the Ryan Moore Skin Game, it will be an amazing sight with 30,000 to 60,000 people all over the course.


Date course was played Wednesday 24th of October 2007
Price paid for golf 0
Price comments $65 is the winter Pierce County resident rate. The non-resident, summer, weekend rate is still only $150
Course Design Rating
Course Design Comments Absolutely fantastic track that looks and plays like a links course in Scotland or Ireland with major championship values. Less than a year old, the course has been chosen for the 2010 US Amateur and the supreme prize, the 2015 US Open. Robert Trent Jones Jr. has followed his father, whose new design was chosen for The Open in 1970. See website at <>.
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Rating
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Comments The course, planted entirely in fescue to emulate the world's great links, still will require more "growing in", but what they do have so far is extremely well cared for.
Course Service Rating
Course Service Comments The staff was eager to accomodate my wife and I and quickly loaded our bags in the shuttle bus for the trip down hill to the "caddie shack". Chambers Bay is normally a walking only course, but my wife obtained a note from her doctor describing her arthritic knee and she was allowed a cart driven by her caddie--on several holes she had to walk to the next tee while her caddie brought the cart around by another way. The caddies were fabulous: very knowledgeable about every hole and of the history of the area. We paid them $35 with a $15 tip.
Course Facilities Rating
Course Facilities Comments The facilities are pretty slim so far, with a small pro shop and mini restaurant at the top of the hill with a spectacular view of the entire course, Southern Puget Sound, Fox, Anderson and Ketron Islands, and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains in the distance.
Course Overall Rating
Play Again Yes
Recommend Yes

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