Making the Grade
From a one-year-old phenom to a 111-year-old veteran, here are the new courses among the 2008 Top 100 You Can Play
No. 8Chambers Bay Golf Course
Having been named the site of the 2015 U.S. Open,
Chambers Bay doesn't suffer from a lack of accolades,
but this spiritual cousin to Ballybunion does
suffer from misconceptions.
First, unlike Bandon Dunes, which can be challenging to get to, Chambers
Bay is practically a suburban park course, just minutes
from downtown Tacoma and 45 minutes from
Second, don't let the tips yardage of 7,585 bother you: the slope from the back
tees is only 135, so while this walking-only track will
test your hamstrings, you'll find it tough to lose a
ball, which might be the true genius of the design.
Third, for anyone who has a preconceived notion
of what a Robert Trent Jones II design is supposed
to look like, forget it. Chambers Bay is a true collaboration
of the RTJ II team Bruce Charlton, Jay Blasi
and Jones himself and the course is a strategic
masterpiece with wild elevation changes, split fairways,
enormous dunes, tattered-edge bunkers and
stunning scenery. We can't wait for the 2015 Open.