Chambers Bay

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Chambers Bay
Club information
Location University Place, Washington, U.S.
Established June 23, 2007
7 years ago
Type Public
Owned by Pierce County
Operated by KemperSports
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted U.S. Amateur (2010),
U.S. Open (2015)
Website chambersbaygolf.com
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Par 72
Length 7,585 yards (6,936 m)
Course rating 78.1 [1] (Teal)
Slope rating 146 [1] (Teal)
ChambersBay is located in United States
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ChambersBay is located in Washington (state)
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Location in Washington

Chambers Bay is a public golf course in University Place, Washington, on Puget Sound southwest of Tacoma. The Scottish links-style course is owned by Pierce County and opened for play 7 years ago on June 23, 2007.[2]

Design[edit]

Chambers Bay was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr..[2][3] The 250-acre (1.0 km2) course is the centerpiece of a 930-acre (3.8 km2) county park. Pierce County bought the land for $33 million in 1992; the property was formerly a sand-and-gravel quarry, popular with off-road four-wheelers and dirt-bikers.[2]

Construction[edit]

During construction, 1.4 million cubic yards (1.1 million m³) of dirt and sand (over 100,000 truckloads) were removed, cleaned off site, and returned to sculpt the course.[4][5] At the time, it was still permitted as a working mine, which meant fewer restrictions for the course architects.[2][6]

Layout[edit]

Five sets of tees are available, ranging from 5,250 to 7,585 yards (4,800 to 6,940 m), and as a municipal course, Pierce County residents receive discounted rates. The course is for walkers only, caddies are available but are optional. Motorized carts are permitted only for those with medical conditions or disabilities, and a caddie must be hired as the driver.

The greens do not have fringes - it is a transparent transition from fairway to green.

Card of the course[edit]

Navy Tees

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Puget Sound 559 5 10 High Dunes 398 4
2 Foxy 395 4 11 Shadows 457 4
3 Blown Out 167 3 12 The Narrows 281 4
4 Hazard's Ascent 530 5 13 Eagle Eye 485 4
5 Free Fall 465 4 14 Cape Fear 496 4
6 Deception Point 418 4 15 Lone Fir 139 3
7 Humpback 482 4 16 Beached 396 4
8 High Road Low Road 557 5 17 Derailed 172 3
9 Olympus 227 3 18 Tahoma 541 5
Out 3,800 37 In 3,365 35
 Navy tees: Rating=75.6,  Slope=139 [1] Total 7,165 72

Source:[7][8]

Chambers Bay has just one tree, a Douglas fir behind the 15th green.[9]

Operation[edit]

The course is operated by Kemper Sports Management of Northbrook, Illinois, which also operates Bandon Dunes on the southern Oregon coast.[2]

The course is part of the Chambers Creek Properties which includes numerous non-golf recreational opportunities including a three mile loop (5 km) walking trail, part of which travels through the west side of the golf course.[2]

Events[edit]

Chambers Bay was the site of the U.S. Amateur in 2010 and will host the U.S. Open in 2015; these events were awarded by the United States Golf Association (USGA) in early 2008.[10][11] Chambers Bay was set as a par-71 at 7,742 yards (7,079 m) for the U.S. Amateur in 2010,[12] the longest course in USGA history.[13]

Eleven months prior to the event, the USGA announced in July 2014 that all final round tickets and weekly ticket passes for the 2015 U.S. Open were sold out.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Course rating and slope database, Chambers Bay". USGA. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Smith, Craig (June 23, 2007). "Chambers Bay golf course opens today". Seattle Times. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ask the Architect, Robert Trent Jones II". March 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  4. ^ Newnham, Blaine (April 12, 2007). "Chambers Bay is a bit of Scotland near Tacoma". Seattle Times. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hanson, Scott (April 19, 2014). "How 3 visionaries brought the U.S. Open to Chambers Bay". Seattle Times. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ Kelley, Steve (February 17, 2008). "Bruce Charlton felt the sand and saw a U.S. Open". Seattle Times. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Course Routing". Chambers Bay. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Scorecard". Chambers Bay. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ Booth, Tim (May 1, 2008). "Chambers Bay golf course tree axed". Seattle Times. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Chambers Bay will host U.S. Open". Seattle Times. February 8, 2008. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ USGA (2008-02-07). "USGA Awards 2015 U.S. Open, 2010 U.S. Amateur to Chambers Bay in Washington State and 2011 U.S. Amateur to Erin Hills Golf Club in Wisconsin". Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  12. ^ "It's Uhlein's time". USGA. August 29, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.usga.org/ChampEventSite.aspx?id=17179869326
  14. ^ "USGA announces its Sunday round at 2015 U.S. Open is all sold out". Seattle Times. July 18, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°12′N 122°34′W / 47.20°N 122.57°W / 47.20; -122.57