Cham­bers Bay hosts US Open in June

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WHERE: This will be the first US Open to be held in the north-west state of Wash­ing­ton. Cham­bers Bay is a mu­nic­i­pal fa­cil­ity on Puget Sound, an hour’s drive south of Seat­tle. Wash­ing­ton state’s last ma­jor cham­pi­onship was the 1998 US PGA at Sa­halee CC, won by Vi­jay Singh.

FA­CIL­ITY: Cham­bers Bay is a man­made links, cre­ated as a trib­ute to the linksland of Scot­land, and was de­signed by Robert Trent Jones Ju­nior. Opened for play in 2007, it hosted the US Am­a­teur in 2010. Golf Di­gest ranked it No 25 in their list of Amer­ica’s 100 Great­est Pub­lic Cour­ses.

WALK­ING ONLY: A fea­ture of Cham­bers Bay – and some­thing of a rar­ity in the United States – is that golf carts are not al­lowed: It’s a walk­ing-only course, to pro­tect its 100 per­cent fes­cue turf.

QUIRKY: The course is long from the tips, over 7 000 me­tres, and the holes are quirky – a driv­able par 4, mas­sive dunes, false fronts, pot bunkers, 90-me­tre wide dou­ble fair­ways, one lone tree, and a mon­ster par 3 off a cliff that re­quires a driver for most golfers from the back tee. The fifth hole has two sep­a­rate greens 140 me­tres apart. The 14th plays over a chasm dubbed The Pit of Despair.

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