Chambers Bay Golf Course

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Course Details/History

Architect Name - Robert Trent Jones, Jr., ASGCA

Regulation Length Holes - 18

About This Course

Almost all new golf courses arrive with a splash, but few can claim the worldwide imprint of the newly formed Chambers Bay at University Place, Washington.

Built in 2007, the Scottish Links-style public golf course was designed by noted course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. His objective was to create a unique golf experience, to put as many holes as possible alongside the sound, to build a course enjoyable for all skill levels but demanding enough for the world’s best players under major championship conditions. His creation immediately was hailed a success. By locating the clubhouse on the far side of the course, away from the water, he has maximized use of the shoreline for the course itself while offering stunning views of the sound for golfers and those in the clubhouse as well. By making it a walking-only course, it gives the feel of the classics of golf, though less than five years old. There are no distractions, not too many add-ons, just a great course ready to be enjoyed.

Right off the bat at the 1st hole, the player gets a clear understanding of the visual treat they are in for. As they tee off, a 50 foot-high-dune lay to the right with the backdrop of the dark blue Puget Sound for added effect. The par-4 5th hole, nicknamed “Free Fall,” is perhaps the most memorable as it plummets 80 feet from the tee to the two separate greens 150 yards apart. To reach the furthest green, a player can use a low-running approach to find the putting surface. While on the closer green, the player needs a more cautious approach due to its ominous sand dunes.

One notable golf publication voted it as the ‘best new course of 2007’ and when looking around at the scenery, a golfing enthusiast can’t help but feel that they are playing in Ireland. The giant sand dunes, rumpled fairways, breathtaking sea views and unpredictable weather give a Celtic-like atmosphere more than 5,000 miles away from the homeland of four-leaf clovers.

You may know it more as a course that hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur and it is scheduled to host the 2015 U.S. Open, which will be the first-time the event will be held in the Pacific Northwest. But you should also know it as one of the must-play venues in the entire country, a must play for every golfer’s bucket list. So check out one of the nation’s true golfing gems, no golfer will walk away disappointed.

Related information:U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay will serve as test run for 2015 U.S. Open: Editorial

Public, 18 holes, $89 - $175

Chambers Bay has been ranked as one of the top courses in the U.S. and the World by Golf Magazine's panel of experts.

Voted the best new course of 2007 by GOLF Magazine, at Chambers Bay the visuals scream Ireland: giant sand dunes, rumpled fairways, stunning sea views, and unpredictable weather. But this superb new course is almost 5,000 miles west of Ballybunion, atop an old gravel mine about an hour south of Seattle, Washington. This Robert Trent Jones II municipal design is a walkers-only feast for the eyes, a relentless test of both swing and stamina. Call it Bethpage Black-by-the-Sea.

The eye candy commences right at the 1st hole, with a 50-foot-high dune to the right and the backdrop of Puget Sound. It gets better from there. Highlights include the par-4 5th, called "Free Fall," which plummets 80 feet from tee to landing area and which culminates in two separate greens-150 yards apart. The farther green is receptive to a low-running approach, the closer one fiercely guarded by sand. The dearth of forced carries means Chambers Bay is playable for all, though a memorable exception to that is the jaw-dropping par-3 9th, its wavy potato chip-contoured green perched on the far side of a ravine.

Chambers Bay earns the greatest compliment its possible to bestow on a new course: By the time your caddie replaces the flag at 18, all you can think about is repeating the journey.

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Design - Golf Course at Chambers Bay Golf Course
  • Year Built: June 2007
  • Designer: Robert Trent Jones II, LLC
  • Greens Grass Type: Fescue
  • Fairways Grass Type: Fescue
  • Water Hazards: No
  • Sand Bunkers: 31-40
  • Yardage Markers: Sprinkler Heads Marked
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Such a beautiful course! I had the privilege of playing this course in Feb 2010 and can't wait to get back. If you go plan to have breakfast at their clubhouse the French Toast Creme Brulee is phenomenal.
Challenging course with occasionally challenging weather. Beautiful views of South Puget Sound!
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I played Chambers Bay 2 years ago September thanks to a Christmas gift from my daughter who lived in Tacoma. I had a caddy for the 7 mile walk (up hill both ways) and if I hadn't I would still be there somewhere on the course. It was tough, one of the toughest I've ever played, but fair. However, after 60 years of golf I don't remember ever having a putt of 50 yards and still be on the green! No carts allowed when I played but I hope they reconsider for us old guys.
If you haven't played it, it's a must. The architects started with a big sandbox and totally designed a links course from nothing. every time I play it I'm awed that someone had enough imagination to design such an amazing links style course in the US.
I am fortunate to live just across the "Narrows" (Gig Harbor) from this spectacular course. We have a handful (or two), of spectacular courses here in the Puget Sound area, but this is absolutely my favorite. I'm also lucky to be a resident of Pierce County, and get to play for under $100.00. If you have a chance to get to this area for a golf outing, don't hesitate to check out some of our other courses. Gold Mountain's "Olympic Course", Trophy Lake Golf & Casting and Washington National to name a few (and there are so many more). I think I'm just bloviating for living in a golfers paradise. But do make a trip to our side of the US and give it a try. It is worth it!
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