Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Bruce Charleton on a former gravel and sand quarry, Chambers Bay (chambersbaygolf.com) is a links-style course that opened in 2007. The facility is owned by Pierce County, Wash., and is part of a 930-acre park in University Place, Wash., about an hour south of Seattle.
"We never dreamed we'd be chosen by the USGA to host both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open championships," said John Ladenburg, the Pierce County executive. "Especially not so close to the opening of the course. It is a true honor."
Chambers Bay joins three other public-access courses slated to host U.S. Opens in the near future. The tournament will be played on the South Course at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., in June; on the Black Course at New York's Bethpage State Park in 2009; and at Pinehurst No. 2 at North Carolina's Pinehurst Resort in 2014. Torrey Pines and Bethpage are also municipal courses. Chambers Bay will be the first golf course in the Pacific Northwest to hold the U.S. Open.
In a statement released by the USGA, Jim Hyler, chairman of the USGA Championship Committee, said, "We are excited to take the U.S. Open Championship and the U.S. Amateur to such an awesome site. We are confident that the golf course will provide a challenging test for the best players in the world, as well as a great spectator experience for those who attend the event and watch it online and on television.
Chambers Bay was given the top position on the GOLF Magazine 10 Best New Courses You Can Play list in 2007. According to the USGA, the decision to award the championships to Chambers Bay was approved by the USGA Executive Committee at its annual meeting in Houston, but the formal approval is pending contractual agreement.