University Place, Washington
Chambers Bay Golf Course
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6320 Grandview Dr W
University Place, WA 98467-1060
This public course (owned by the County of Pierce) will host the men's 2015 U.S. Open Championship. In preparation for that, the course hosted the men's 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship (Peter Uihlein def. David Chung). Since then, a number of changes to the course have begun. While the term "links-style" course is often misused in describing golf courses, Chambers Bay actually has these sorts of characteristics, thanks in part to the design by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The course is also an Audubon-certified Signature Sanctuary.
The peak-season (June-September) rate here is $205, although club members, Pierce County residents, and Washington state residents receive various discounts.
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Slick Vic - 7/28/14
Round takes 5.4 hours...otherwise it's a pretty decent course!
bigdaddy2564 - 7/27/14
Beautiful American Links course. The course was in good shape. Green speeds were inconsistent. Take a caddie if its your 1st time playing at Chambers Bay. Their help with shot placement and reading the greens was invaluable. A must play on any golfjunkie's bucket list. Staff was super friendly. A bit over priced for a county owned course.
halbmeyer - 5/13/14
I played two rounds here and agree with the first comment, this is a challenging course to walk given the course layout. With that said, it is in pretty good shape given that they are getting ready for the Open next year. Not overly hard if your game is sharp, they do need to get the greens in order (which I understand they are working hard on) if they want to attract the low handicap golfers. I really enjoyed playing this course and will hopefully play it again soon!
feature - 5/4/14
My two problems with Chambers are
1) Pace of play due to no carts allowed
I personally do not mind walking, and actually enjoy it while I'm playing at Chambers, but the golfing public is not used to having to walk this much, and the hills can be pretty severe for the average golfer. This leads to extremely long rounds, especially when it is busy. With the course as firm as it always is, I don't understand why no carts are allowed.
The cost is pretty out of line for the average quality of the turf & greens. The greens consistenly are unhealthy and many times you have to play 2-3 temp greens while they are healing some of the more distressed ones. Then the pace of greens becomes inconsistent, and definitely not worth the hefty price tag. If the course was always in tip top shape, with consistent greens and all 18 greens open all the time, it might be worth it a couple of times per year. But even then, you don't feel like it's worth over $200 peak season.
rickjclapham - 3/9/14
amazing layout each hole is a challenge, greens need work which let me down for such an amazing coarse!
johnpost - 7/19/13
Take a caddie, Charles W was great, we both got into it. It's different than your traditional US courses.
dominicfrank - 6/10/13
OK, so I cant see the US Open being a success here. Not exactly a hard course and there arent many places to put harder tees. Greens are true to links which means they are barely average to put on. The experience is worth the trip and the staff is top notch. View every step (no carts allowed) is worth paying 100 bucks just to walk the course. PLay this course !
fishbone9 - 6/8/13
Overall, this was an awesome course. Be prepared for a workout as this is a walking only course which led to some of the slow play.
cgin - 5/2/13
Expensive to play except during winter months. Worth to play at least once in summer. Some holes have long uphill climbs and arduous for two of our foursome. Greens were not in best shape in March. Otherwise, definitely play it if you have a chance.
FFCornell - 4/4/13
The potential is there, but not worth the $$$ yet.
Best Score: 72
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