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Chambers Bay
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Chambers Bay Golf Course
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Coordinates 47°12′N 122°34′W / 47.20°N 122.57°W / 47.20; -122.57Coordinates: 47°12′N 122°34′W / 47.20°N 122.57°W / 47.20; -122.57
Location University Place, Washington, U.S.
Established June 23, 2007
14 years ago
Type Public
Owned by Pierce County
Operated by KemperSports
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted U.S. Amateur (2010),
U.S. Open (2015)
Greens Poa annua
(transitioning since 2017),
formerly fine fescue
Website chambersbaygolf.com
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Par 72
Length 7,585 yards (6,936 m)
Course rating 78.1 (Teal)
Slope rating 146 (Teal)

Chambers Bay is a public golf course in the northwest United States, located in University Place, Washington, on the Puget Sound southwest of Tacoma. The British links-style course is owned by Pierce County and opened for play on June 23, 2007. It hosted the U.S. Amateur in 2010 and the U.S. Open in 2015.

Design

Chambers Bay was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The 250-acre (100 ha) course is the centerpiece of a 930-acre (380 ha) 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.

Construction

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. At the time, it was still permitted as a working mine, which meant fewer restrictions for the course architects.

Layout

Five sets of tees are available, ranging from 5,250 to 7,585 yards (4,800 to 6,935 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

Chambers Bay
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Navy 75.6 / 139 559 395 167 530 465 418 482 557 227 3800 398 457 281 485 496 139 396 172 541 3365 7165
Sand 72.4 / 135 501 365 145 480 441 369 449 523 202 3475 360 425 262 453 407 116 359 142 514 3038 6513
White M:70.2/127 L:76.2/137 465 337 130 424 423 315 435 488 168 3185 330 402 246 437 383 103 323 119 487 2830 6015
Handicap Men's 3 13 17 5 9 11 7 1 15 10 8 14 2 6 18 12 16 4
Par 5 4 3 5 4 4 4 5 3 37 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 35 72
Handicap Women's 3 11 17 7 9 13 5 1 15 8 4 14 6 10 16 12 18 2
Blue 71.5 / 128 436 301 111 347 323 283 415 441 132 2789 311 378 219 348 309 91 279 92 462 2489 5278

Championship Tees

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Puget Sound 598/496 5/4 10 High Dunes 436 4
2 Foxy 399 4 11 Shadows 537 4
3 Blown Out 198 3 12 The Narrows 311 4
4 Hazard's Ascent 495 4 13 Eagle Eye 534 4
5 Free Fall 488 4 14 Cape Fear 546 4
6 Deception Point 495 4 15 Lone Fir 246/167 3
7 Humpback 508 4 16 Beached 423 4
8 High Road Low Road 614 5 17 Derailed 218 3
9 Olympus 224/217 3 18 Tahoma 604/525 5/4
Out 4,019/3,910 36/35 In 3,855/3,697 35/34
 Championship tees: Rating=78.1,  Slope=146 Total 7,874/7,607 70

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 Total 7,165 72

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

Operation

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

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.

In 2016, a resort was proposed by a private developer, including an 80-room hotel, event and meeting space, and a Tom Douglas restaurant.

After the 2015 U.S Open was played at Chambers Bay, the local economy realized an estimated revenue increase of approximately $150 million, primarily sourced from gains within the tourist and service industries. Although Pierce County taxpayers were solely responsible for security costs and course preparation for the US Open, other adjoining counties also benefitted economically.

Events

Chambers Bay was the site of the U.S. Amateur in 2010 and hosted the U.S. Open in 2015; these events were awarded by the United States Golf Association (USGA) in early 2008. Chambers Bay was set as a par-71 at 7,742 yards (7,079 m) for the U.S. Amateur in 2010, the longest course in USGA history. The record only lasted until the following year when Erin Hills surpassed it by 18 yards.

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. The tournament was eventually won by Jordan Spieth. Chambers Bay Golf Course will host the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2021. Established in 2015, the "Four-Ball" as it is known, is the newest USGA championship and replaces the now-retired U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship which was established in 1922.

Criticism

During the 2015 U.S. Open, Chambers Bay was subject to criticism for its bumpy greens, unfair course design, and poor accessibility for spectators. Nine-time major champion Gary Player called it "the worst golf course I might've ever seen in the 63 years as a professional golfer," and Henrik Stenson said that the greens were like "putting on broccoli."

In 2017, the fine fescue greens were allowed to transition to poa annua, the dominant species. In the weeks leading up to the 2015 U.S. Open, warm and dry weather forced extra watering of the greens, which allowed the invasive poa to thrive.

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