A New Course for a Classic Championship
For the first time in its 115-year history, the US Open Championship comes to Washington. Chambers Bay, a municipal course in University Place, will host world-class golfers, including Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, and Jordan Spieth.
While the course welcomes the PGA’s best, our hotel near The US Open Championship will welcome you. Chambers Bay is a brand new golf course, and just eight months after its creation, it’s been awarded the US Open. Course designers worked with the USGA to create a challenging course that will test golf’s elite players. Stay at our US Open Championship hotel to get great value while you watch great golf, read how Chambers Bay has already put its unique stamp on the US Open.
Despite its youth, the course has already won numerous awards, including the #1 Municipal Course in The US from Links Magazine, and #1 Public Golf Course in Washington State from Golf Digest. The course was originally just a sand quarry. Pierce County decided to develop the 610-acre former quarry into a municipal golf course with open parkland space, beach access, and walking trails. Rather than develop a standard course, the County developed a world-class set of holes that has attracted players from around the country and world. The course was designed by the firm of Robert Trent Jones II, along with help from the USGA, which was eager to bring the US Open to Washington State. Chambers Bay will be only the third municipal course to host the Open, and the youngest to host it in almost 30 years.
Chambers Bay is an all-walking course, meaning golf carts are not allowed. Because the course designers didn’t need to worry about traffic wear from golf carts, they could plant fescue grass from the tee to the green. Fescue’s deep roots make it incredibly drought-tolerant. The grass can go days without supplemental watering, making maintenance simple and conserving water. Fescue’s fast, firm surface also makes the fairways more fun to play. Earthmoving was also undertaken responsibly, and drainage systems were installed that led to sediment retaining ponds, bioswales, and filtration basins for natural filtration by plants and soil. Nothing flows off the site or into the ground water. For its environmentally conscious creation, the course earned a Silver Signature Sanctuary designation from Audubon International.
The course’s design and climate echoes the birthplace of the game, making it seem like one of the great Scottish courses. Gorgeous features include a seven-acre, 70-foot sand dune, fairways the width of a football field, and 60-foot trees. Elevation changes, bunkers, and bright greens give Chambers Bay character and constant playability. With its evocation of a Scottish linksland course, this year’s US Open may evoke a British Open more than the traditional East Coast country club courses of past US Open tournaments.
The US Open takes place at Chambers Bay on June 15-21, 2015. For information on purchasing tickets visit the US Open website. Make sure to book your stay soon as well. Red Lion Hotel Olympia welcomes golfers and golf fanatics alike at our US Open hotel.