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.