Chambers Bay is located in University Place, Washington, less than an hour south of Seattle. It is a Scottish links-style golf club, and can be a real beast measuring 7391 from the Championship tees. It's the host for the 2010 US Amateur Golf Championship in August, and will also play host to the US Open Championship. This course has the length that can test the premier players with two par-5s measuring over 600 yards and five par-4s longer than 490 yards. The course also seems to play more uphill than the card suggests; the friendly staff will tell you to add about 250 yards to the total distance due to elevation.
The hilly landscape of the layout makes a round on this course a strenuous hike. This will raise the difficulty of the course already abounding in rugged hazards. There are some impressive-looking holes lined with bunkers and tall fescue waiting to catch your mistakes. Chambers Bay can be extremely intimidating and a grind for most golfers, as it does not allow much relief from wayward shots. The fairways can be generous, but you won't be able to sleep on any tee shots. Approach shots have to be carefully considered, as there is plenty of roll, and the ball can easily end up in collection areas and bunkers protecting these large putting surfaces.
Chambers Bay is a no cart facility unless you have a note from your doctor. Even then, a Chambers Bay staff member is required to drive the cart ensuring that the course maintains its pristine and natural condition. This however can be limiting, as quite a few people may not be able to enjoy the beauty of this course.
The greens and fairways have a similar cut, and sometimes one is not sure when one starts and the other ends. This makes one's putter a very useful club around these undulating greens, a safe and recommended selection for most amateurs. The course also asks for a great variety of shots, and managing your game is key to being able to score well. The beauty of the rugged landscape can be visually simulating, but can be quite a test to one's mental toughness.
We played it under situations that were not ideal, as some of the greens and fairways were being worked on. However, the course was still fun to play, and provided some spectacular views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Chambers Bay is a course that I could not play everyday, because it would be too taxing on the mind and body, but it is definitely something that golfers should experience.
Date: May 06, 2010