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.