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Chambers Bay Review – Home of the 2015 Open

October 10, 2009 by Chris  
Filed under Washington Courses

When they awarded Chambers Bay in University Place, WA the 2015 US Open I knew that I had to make my way to play the course. You can’t pass up the chance to play an Open course while it is still somewhat affordable. My dad flew out for my Birthday and we made the drive down south to play this great course. I said in one of my first posts that The Home Course in Dupont was was my new favorite, well Chambers Bay just lept over it for that honor.

Chambers Bay Hole 15Chambers Bay Hole 4

If you haven’t seen photos of Chambers Bay be sure to check out my pics as well as the ones on their website. Chambers Bay is an all links golf course, and the first of its kind I have played. With a fantastic coastal setting it is a course that you may thinks was located in the UK if you didn’t know you were only a few miles south of Seattle. The course is carved out of an old sand and gravel pit, and the dunes provide the perfect setting for a great links course. The grass at Chambers Bay is fescue and if you haven’t played on it before, it differs greatly from your everyday golf course. The fairways are cut tight and allow for a large amount of roll and the greens play as fescue should, tough to hold an approach shot and slow on putts.

If you are making your first visit to Chambers Bay be sure to inquire about their caddy services as their inside knowledge about the course will save you at  east 3-5 strokes. Additionally Chambers Bay is a walking only course, so if you don’t take kindly to carrying your bag or pushing a cart you will be thanking your lucky stars that you shelled out the extra cash for a caddy. My dad got a caddy and I didn’t, but I can tell you that I was able to glean enough knowledge out of his caddy to save me a few strokes. Our caddy happened to be one of their veterans who has caddied at least 300 rounds at the course, mind you the course has only been open since June. His knowledge of the course would make any tour pro happy.

Chambers Bay Hole 6Chambers Bay Hole 16

The course itself is a great layout and will challenge players of all calibers. The course can stretch to over 7,800 yards from the tips, but believe me the 6,500 from the sand tees will play as the longest 6,500 yards you have ever seen. The front nine is by far the harder nine with an opening par 4 that will put your game to the test right away and set the pace for your round. The fairways at Chambers Bay are fairly open as long as you play the wind and the slope correctly. However if you miss the fairway you will find that you are punished by the acres and acres of wast bunkers that await you. If you have never played on fescue greens I suggest that you spend some time on the practice green as they are unique. I struggled on the greens all day despite playing great from tee to green.

Chambers Bay is definitely on my replay list, especially before it starts to gain more popularity and the fees move up along with that popularity. I can’t wait to see the pros get out and play the course and see how difficult the USGA has the course playing. Our caddy informed us that they are going to let the wild grass along the fairways grow so that it should be shin to knee high by the time the open is played. If you are every making your way up to Seattle this course has to be on your list.

Check out all my photos of this course.

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2 Responses to “Chambers Bay Review – Home of the 2015 Open”
  1. Matt Allen says:

    Chris–

    Many thanks for the wonderful review and for your assistance in our efforts to educate folks about fescue turf and links golf! I hope you’ll drop me a line before your next visit to Chambers Bay so I can thank you in person.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Allen
    General Manager
    KemperSports

  2. Chris says:

    Matt -

    I really enjoyed my round out at Chambers Bay, it is a fantastic course. If I still lived in the Seattle area I would be a frequent visitor. I am spending a week with family in Seattle over Thanksgiving and weather permitting I am planning on making a trip down to play again.

    Chris

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