Chambers Bay - Washington - USA

Chambers Bay Golf,
6320 Grandview Dr W,
University Place,
Washington (WA) 98467,
USA


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Chambers Bay was originally nominated as a gem by Mal and added to the Top 100 website in June 2008. Mal’s comments are as follows:

"Chambers Bay might be Washington's newest golf course – opened in June 2007 – but I’m sure it is set to be a high flyer in the magazine rankings very soon. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr and is actually a pretty true model of the old-fashioned links courses of Britain and Ireland. Set on the Puget Sound, it’s certainly much closer to the pure form of coastal golf than many other courses in the US which claim to be links-like.

I’m going to watch this course with interest over the next few years as it will host the 2010 Amateur Championships and the 2015 US Open. What’s even more impressive is that you can pay and play this municipal track and if you happen to be a Pierce County resident you can play for half price and if you’re up for a second round in the same day it will cost a mere $50. I love it and write this nomination with reluctance as it’s still fairly quiet despite the local ballyhoo but I figure soon enough the world will know all about Chambers Bay and it will eventually become as popular as Bethpage Black."

Built within a disused gravel mine by the shores of Puget Sound in Washington, Chambers Bay was commissioned by Pierce County in a $20 million development designed to rival the best municipal facilities in the country.

The 18 holes at Chambers Bay lie between water and a steep hillside and a fair amount of earth was moved from the latter to fashion dune shapes and fairway corridors during construction. The resulting links-like layout is very free flowing with pleasant changes in elevation throughout the round.

Rather than describe particular holes of note, it’s maybe best to use the following link to access the club’s own hole-by-hole guide. This offers a wonderful description of every hole.

Chambers Bay played host to the 2010 US Amateur Championship, which Peter Uihlein won. In 2015, the U.S. Open came to Chambers Bay stopping in the Pacific Northwest for the first time in the tournament’s 115-year history.

The course was set up to play very firm and very fast by the USGA, but was berated for the inconsistent nature of the greens, some of which lacked grass. In an interview, Gary Player labelled Chambers Bay as “one of the worst golf courses I’ve seen in my 63 years as a pro.” Lee Westwood was much kinder, stating: "It's the kind of course I'd like to come and play with my mates, with a cart and some beers."

Ironically, despite the hullabaloo, Jordan Spieth (the world’s best putter statistically at the time) prevailed, adding a US Open title to his first Major won at the 2015 Masters earlier in the season.

Big, bold ,vertical - Chambers Bay. Golf course architect Ronald Fream shares his thoughts on the controversial US venue.

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Description: Chambers Bay might be one of Washington's newest golf courses – opened in June 2007 – but it is set to be a high flyer in the rankings. Rating: 8.4 out of 10 Reviews: 24
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Mike Stefan
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.
May 06, 2010
8 / 10
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Wesley Thrailkill
played this course with my dad, take a caddy, easily one of the best golfing experiences ive ever had. Ive played other courses on the top 100 list like LACC and Olympic Club, yet this course is very different. Sloping tee boxes, long holes, and ridiculous greens. birdied 17 and 18 for a 78. Fun course, must play
December 14, 2009
10 / 10
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David Davis
I have to agree with the other gentlemans comments unfortunately. I've played Chamber's now twice and sure it's fun and can stretch to be very long from the back tees but I just can't imagine this being in the Top 100 courses in the US. This only has to do with the winning of the US Open bid and perhaps that it's one of the not so many links-like courses in the US. However, this certainly doesn't mean it's not worth playing or worth the trip out the PNW. Again it's great fun and challenging, yes it's young and needs time to mature but it's just not one of the best and in no way will it Ever make the world's top 100 in a normal ranking.
September 22, 2009
8 / 10
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John
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.
September 16, 2009
6 / 10
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