Well, that didn’t take long. Chambers Bay hasn’t been open a year and it has already booked a U.S. Open. It will also host the 2010 U.S. Amateur.
“We are excited to take the U.S. Open Championship and the U.S. Amateur to such an awesome site,” Jim Hyler, chairman of the USGA Championship Committee, said in a statement.
“This is the first time the U.S. Open has been to Washington and we are confident that the golf course will provide a challenging test for the best players in the world, as well as a great spectator experience for those who attend the event and watch it online and on television.”
Judging from the photographs and most of what I’ve read (see links below), the Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Bruce Charleton design is phenomenal.
Caddie’s Wife Tipped Me Off
The wife of a former Tour caddie I met at the Legends of Golf sounded the alert about Chambers Bay in April of last year.
“Yesterday Gil (not his real name) caddied at the new Chambers Bay Golf Course in Tacoma,” she wrote in an email. “It isn’t open yet so it was the FIRST time anyone played the course.
“All the employees played for the experience and Gil got to caddy for the assistant pro. He said it is the most beautiful golf course he has ever seen. He has seen several, so that’s quite a statement. It’s located in University Place with a gorgeous view of Puget Sound. He also stated the elevation was absolutely astounding!
“Gil will get to play the course for free if he caddies there occasionally, which thrilled him as it is very expensive. (Editor's note: up to $150/round.) He was so impressed with the course our entire dinner conversation revolved around it!”
My first post last spring on Chambers Bay attracted a lot of comments. Most were positive, some were negative. You can read many of them here:
Chambers Bay raves
Chambers Bay rants
You can check out Chambers Bay here. And the live Web cam is here.
The Armchair Golfer