Owned and operated by the Washington State Golf Association and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, the Home Course is a Mike Asmundson design located on the site of DuPont’s former dynamite manufacturing plant, close to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Configured as two returning 9-hole circuits, the DuPont Nine and the Weyerhaeuser Nine, the course can be extended to 7,474 yards from the back tees. With a pond fronting the green on the 434-yard 7th (“Rainer”), this is the toughest hole on the outward half. On the back nine, the 466-yard 13th (“Head Wind”) is another monster par four, normally played into the prevailing breeze.
The Home Course was the site of two stroke-play qualifying rounds for the 2010 U.S. Amateur when Chambers Bay hosted the finals. The course also staged the 38th and last edition of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in 2014, when Fumie Jo from China became the sixth overseas winner of the event, defeating Eun Jeong Seong from South Korea 3&2 in the 36-hole final match.
Played this one a while ago during a trip that included 27 holes at Chambers Bay the previous day (I loved it) and then we played a Public Course before heading to this one which I knew had hosted US Amateur back in 2010.
It was during Soccer World Cup and remember watching one game during lunch before the game. The Club House was under construction and we were hosted at a provisional building which was not bad at all.
About the course, I remember it similar in setting to Gleneagles PGA Centenary with similar grass and topography. Course was in pristine shape and it still had the signals used for the US Amateur, the typical USGA ones which was a nice touch.
It is a course that off the tee usually gives you space to play and one of the sides had enough space to miss as well. Speed of greens was not dramatic but good enough to challenge and some of them had quite a generous size but not big slopes or platforms.
A great course to combine with Chambers before heading to Crosswater Resort for the Tourism Show and then to Bandon Dunes, which would be the trip I would recommend if you are headed there.
Some of the holes:
- 4th hole a good 190yds par 3 with a tough carry over a “hazard”.
- 7th a great two shooter where a lake protects the green, long hitters will not be able to hit driver.
- 11th a short par 4 where tee shot landing area is blind and going in an aggressive line will save you distance for the approach.
- 14th a nice semi island green stretching something like 165yds.
- 18th a demanding finishing hole where 2 very well hit shots are needed.
I won’t say it is a course worth the travel on its own, but if you want to do Chambers Bay it is a very good second choice.