Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, WA
Tee Time: May 20, 2013, 9:15, 66 F, light wind
Designer: Robert Trent Jones, Jr (2007)
Playing Partners: CJ Phelan, Pat Spomer, Thomas
Tees: Sand, Par 72 (72.4 rating/135 slope/6,513 yards)
Course Handicap: 14 (11.6 index)
Stats: 94 (48-46); 41 putts; 9/14 fairways; 5/18 greens; 0 penalty strokes
In 2015, the US Open will be held here at Chambers Bay. You’ll see stunning visuals of sailboats and yachts out on the Puget Sound. Countless slow pans of the lone Douglas Fir behind the 15th hole. Maybe even some Jimmy Roberts pieces about the site’s history as a gravel mine. It will look great on television and be one of the most unique majors in recent memory. But nothing compares to actually walking these links. Spending four hours hiking up and down the natural contours of the course, taking in the unmatched scenery with every stride and breathing in the refreshing sea air is hands down the best experience I’ve had yet on this young journey. High above the golf course sits the clubhouse and restaurant, with a panoramic view of the premises as well as an excellent club sandwich. Just be dead sure you have your valuables safely hidden in your vehicle before walking into the pro shop, where there will always be a line of customers purchasing various memorabilia. After checking in, a shuttle will transport you down to the practice range and the rest of the course, dropping off right by the snack shack. The quick bus ride down to this golf playground hauling all your gear gets the adrenaline going in much the same way that taking the gondola up the mountain up with skis in tow does, knowing an awesome day awaits.