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Chambers Bay, what a day.....

Speedy

Played Chambers Bay last week while visiting my brother’s family and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. I’ll be honest I have never heard of Chambers Bay and after watching Titleist’s “WhereAbouts” that took place at Chambers Bay last summer and watching the 2015 US Open, it went on my bucket list to play.

I booked my tee time online and believe it or not they do go 90 days out. However, you can’t book a single unless there’s one available. I got myself a Wednesday’s tee time at 2:44 p.m. for $99. They had a deal going on and got very lucky. For future reference, prices are $275 before 3 and $165 afterwards but keep an eye out for the deals, they usually come in a month before the tee times and it’s pretty easy to cancel and change your tee times online. I did it at least 3 times with no issues.

I had about an hour drive and once I got to the Chambers Bay area, I must admit it was pretty to drive through. Then again, Washington State appears to be a very pretty state to visit. I came upon a rotary where there was an opening that overlooked the course. I immediately pulled over to take some pictures. I couldn’t wait to tee it up.

I got there about 2 hours early, wasn’t taking any chances. They have a great bar area so grabbed some lunch (food was very good) and then headed to the pro shop. The Pro Shop is small, not much to it but the staff was VERY friendly. I checked in and they asked me if I would go out earlier since they’re running ahead of schedule. I’ve never heard of such a thing but yes I would love to go out early. From there I jumped on a shuttle bus, yes a shuttle bus and headed down the road to the driving range, only way down there.

The driving range is amazing IMO. Thankfully at the time we were allowed to hit off grass and the grass there is exactly like the fairways so it was great practice for me. They have a HUGE practice putting green and a decent size chipping area. Hit around for about 45 minutes and a shuttle came up and called me. Got back on the shuttle bus and headed off to the first tee.

Checked in with the starter and was introduced to my caddie Juan. This was the first time I’ve ever had a caddie so didn’t know what to expect. I played with 2 guys from DC and a guy from Texas. All 3 were super nice and great company.

Here we go!

-The course did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the layout, the scenery and all the high dunes. The course was in great shape and the greens were extremely tough for me. They were fast and lots of breaks. My caddie gave me great reads just couldn’t get the speed down on most of them. I putted A LOT haha.. next time, I’ll spend more times on the practice greens…

-Back 9 was my favorite just b/c some of the holes being along the water but don’t get me wrong, the front was a lot of fun as well.

-There are tons of bunkers and easy to hit out of. Thanks to the caddie I was allowed to ground my club on some b/c of the local rules. If I didn’t have him around, would’ve never known.

-Yes I was lucky to see the train go by on #16, pretty cool to see.

-Pace of play was PERFECT! 4.5 hours and we waited a little the last 3 holes but didn’t mind at all. It gave me a chance to view scenery a little bit more.

-My group was awesome and had a great time with them all.

-Get a caddie. Well worth it. If not, then you can either get a push cart or carry your bag, no carts allowed. But having that caddie was a lot of fun. Definitely felt like a pro for a day the way he treated me. Can’t thank him enough for making my experience great.

-Happy to say I broke 90. If I putted a little better, I could’ve came close to breaking 80 but the most important thing was that I had a blast.

Overall it was a great day, no complaints what so ever. One of the most scenic courses I’ve ever played and took a TON of pics. I will definitely play there again someday.

I did stay afterwards to see the sunset and that didn’t disappoint either.

Next up: Pinehurst for the TT Invitational and looking forward to meeting everyone that is going.

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14 Replies

  1. Keith M

    Thanks for sharing your story and the pics. Definitely looks a million times better than it did for the Open last year.
  2. Chris Hatem

    Awesome work Speedy as always. You mentioned putting a lot. Were the greens super fast?
  3. Barry B

    Sounds like you had an awesome time Chris. Great write up and pics!
  4. Tyler H

    Sounds like you had an awesome time Chris. Chambers Bay is definitely on my list of places I would like to play, I just need to find a reason to head out to Seattle.

    Tyler
  5. george t

    Sounds like a great day all around! How were the winds coming off the water?

    Wish I had the invite to Pinehurst, but I hope to see you at Josh's New England outing. Stay well my friend
  6. No'l

    What a nice time you had, and thank you for the detail info which will help in future. Beautiful scenery for sure!
    Hey, Christopher, (sorry to ask here) but could you tell us how much was the caddy fee/tips?
    Glad to hear you had a great time.
  7. Greg D

    Wow! That sounds, and looks, amazing! I am very jealous you are playing these great courses. I'm gonna try to make it up to that part of the country sometime. Maybe play Bandon Dunes if I'm lucky
  8. Jon H

    Great read. Glad you had a blast. Maybe some day I can play it as well.
  9. Speedy

    Chris Hatem

    Awesome work Speedy as always. You mentioned putting a lot. Were the greens super fast?

    most of the greens were fast. I should've said fast w/ lots of breaks. Pin placements were tough that day.. Faster than Portsmouth :)
  10. Speedy

    Noel D

    What a nice time you had, and thank you for the detail info which will help in future. Beautiful scenery for sure!
    Hey, Christopher, (sorry to ask here) but could you tell us how much was the caddy fee/tips?
    Glad to hear you had a great time.

    No problem Noel. On the site they said between 80-100 including tips. so i talked to a few of my buddies and they said usually $120 is solid. I paid $140 b/c i really enjoyed my caddie and made the experience great. Now, if i had paid 275 or 165, not sure I would've gotten the caddie.. :)
  11. Justin M

    Thanks for the read and the photos Chris! As I'm sure you know, Chambers Bay is a wonderful course that was made specifically for hosting the U.S. open. 2015 was a very odd year in Seattle and got hot very early and didn't have much relief for the course. I just hope with all my heart that the PGA And USGA will give the course another shot soon so the players can see the course under good condition and appreciate it for the great job they did placing and building this beautiful track. As a Seattle native, I can't begin to express the excitement and buzz around the greater Seattle area prior to and during the 2015 Open and the drama didn't disappoint. So glad you got to experience it and for those of you in the TT community in the Fence, Chris' explanation was perfect, this course is gorgeous and a true pleasure and challenge to play.
  12. greg p

    Glad you had a great day! Thanks for sharing.
  13. Josh G

    Looks amazing! I can't believe you'll have hit 3 US Open courses in one year.
  14. Speedy

    Josh G

    Looks amazing! I can't believe you'll have hit 3 US Open courses in one year.

    3 US Open Courses and 2 Ryder Cup courses... Not sure if I'll ever have another year like this... I'm a very lucky dude...

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