After watching the 2015 US Open, I put Chambers Bay on the bucket list of courses I wanted to play. For me, the 2015 US Open is one of the most memorable major championships from the last ten years. It was nice to put into context all the shots I remembered while playing the course.
I really enjoyed Chambers Bay, especially the finishing stretch from 14-18 and really the entire back nine. The course had wide fairways and offered different avenues of play. There were many holes where you could be aggressive off the tee with driver to cut off distance but taking on a bunker or a more narrow part of the fairway. You did not want to be in the fairway bunkers or in the long grass approaching elevated firm greens. I could see how a high handicapper could struggle here as there is a lot of elevation change and missing the fairways is quite punishing.
12 - Driveable Par 4 that was very memorable from the US Open. Green sits between the dunes and can be used as a punch bowl to funnel the ball onto the green. However, the green is very large with many contours so 2-putts are difficult.
15 - Beautiful par 3 with the bay in the background. One of the shorter par 3s however you are playing downhill and into the wind off the bay which makes distance control very difficult.
18 - Risk / Reward Par 5. If you want to get home in 2, you have to take on all the bunkers. Any layups must take the deep bunker in the center of the fairway out of play. The green has many contours that split it into 3 areas and the pin position could change your plan of attack.
Date: July 07, 2020