For the best experience, play Chambers Bay in midsummer as the condition of this course is wanting for most other times. Have played here now three times and on each occasion the greens were slow but were by far the best in the summer in terms of speed and truest roll, but some of the greens are virtually unplayable as they are over contoured and feel tricked up (a bit like the Castle course at St Andrews). Chambers is an expensive experience for average condition and very average service which is all I’ve experienced here. They also promote this track as an easy walking course with caddies available, but it’s not an easy walk as there are some hikes between greens and tees and some steep climbs and on two of the three occasions I played here there were no caddies available. A course of two halves and in my view the front nine is weak and the back nine much stronger. Blow out waste bunkers in my view do nothing to create a links-like experience and they’d do well to consider authentic riveted pot bunkers to better authenticate the experience. Overall, Chambers Bay was a disappointing experience for me. It could be so much better design wise and in terms of condition. Sure it’s a long tough track and the views are awesome but it is nothing like a real links experience for anyone who has experienced the real deal. No way should this be a world ranked course in my view… it’s too young and needs to bed in.
Date: September 15, 2009