The world will set its eyes on the Pacific Northwest from June 18th to June 21st when the 115th addition of the U.S. Open takes place at University Place, WA. This will be the first time ever that the U.S. Open will be held in the Pacific Northwest and the second time that the state of Washington will host a Major Championship. The previous time was back in 1998 when Sahalee Country Club hosted the PGA Championship.
Most players on the PGA Tour will get a rude awakening when they come to the Northwest to play Chambers Bay. It will eat you alive. Trust me, this writer knows. He played in back in 2010 when it was nowhere near as hard as it is now.
Chambers Bay is a different course than many will ever encounter in their life. It is 7.5 miles that features big elevation changes, tons of bunkers and greens that will make you cry. There is also only one tree on the entire course.
A few players have voice displeasure at the course. One player being Ian Poulter who tweeted about players who made scouting trips "called the course a complete farce". What ever he means by that.
U.S. Golf Association executive director Mike Davis suggested that players spend more time than normal at the course, "I would contend that there is no way a player will have success here at Chambers Bay unless he really studies the golf course and learns it." Davis said at media day. "The idea of coming in and playing two practice rounds and having your caddie just walk it and using your yardage book, that person’s done,” Davis said. “Will not win the U.S. Open.”
Chambers Bay should give some of the best golfers in the world a hard time and is what this writer is most excited about, besides the fact the course is a mere 45 minutes from his house.
Can't wait to see how Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and hopefully Tiger Woods play at this course. If any of the above mentioned golfers or any others has dreams of mastering this course and winning the 115th U.S. Open, they better get to studying. If not, all their dreams will be shattered.