The Chambers Bay golf course has less than a year to go in its preparations to host the 2015 U.S. Open, the biggest professional golf tournament in America. The United States Golf Association selected Chambers Bay in 2008 and the course has been making preparations ever since. According to articles released by the course, a dozen new tees have been added and at least three green complexes have been modified, too.
Most recently, tee times are being significantly reduced to make sure Chambers Bay is in peak condition for the world’s best players. The reduction in tee times began in September, with the course being shut down two days per week. Starting the second week in November it will shut down three days a week, and will be closed Monday through Thursday beginning the last week of November through early March. Why the reduction in tee times? The fine fescue grass is quite fragile and is particularly vulnerable in the winter. Since the grass doesn’t grow from November to March, nothing regenerates during that time.
In addition to making sure the course is top-notch for the 2015 U.S. Open, our community as a whole is prepping for the anticipated 240,000 people who will be arriving to enjoy the event. Getting people to and from Chambers Bay is one of the biggest concerns, with the course accessed via a two-lane residential road. While the traffic plan won’t be released until early next year, plans for shuttle lots and bus service have been talked about.
U.S. Open at Chambers Bay
It’s expected that the region will see approximately $150 million in economic impact during the one-week tournament. But the region is most excited about the long-term financial impacts that the worldwide exposure will produce. For many visitors, this will be their first time being exposed to our region – it’s likely to have an impact on tourism and knowledge of our community for years to come.
Here are some quick facts to remember:
- The U.S. Open will be held June 18-21, 2015
- Location: Chambers Bay in University Place, about 10 miles southwest of Tacoma.
- Tickets: Tickets information is available through the USGA website, although all final round tickets and weekly ticket passes have been sold out since summer-2014.
- This will be the first U.S. Open held in the Northwest.
- It will also be the first time that the U.S. Open has been held on a course with fine fescue grass.
- Fox will be doing its first golf broadcast at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
- Chambers Bay first opened for play on June 23, 2007.
- The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and is the centerpiece of a 930-acre park owned by Pierce County.
- The property was formerly a sand-and-gravel quarry, which was quite popular with off-road, four-wheel and dirt bike enthusiasts.
- During construction, 1.4 million cubic yards of dirt and sand were removed, cleaned off site, and returned to sculpt the course.
Chambers Bay Homes for Sale
While our entire community is excited to be hosting the U.S. Open in 2015, Chambers Bay is more than just a beautiful golf course – it is a beautiful backdrop for some of the finest homes in University Place, Washington. Positioned on the beautiful Puget Sound, the city of University Place is home to more than 31,500 residents. You’ll find University Place nestled halfway between the state capital of Olympia and the state’s largest city, Seattle.
In addition to the golf course, Pierce County Washington property in University Place offers views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound. When you choose to explore your housing options here, you’ll find everything from quaint condominiums to sprawling waterfront estates and mansions. Rest assured knowing that University Place offers something for buyers and budgets of all types.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy the 2015 U.S. Open from the comforts of your new Chambers Bay and University Place home or simply want to learn more about your real estate options in the Pacific Northwest, it would be my pleasure to assist you. With years of experience in this real estate market, let me put my knowledge and expertise to work for you.In the meantime, please feel free to browse my website to learn more about our communities and do not hesitate to contact me when you’re ready to find the perfect home. I look forward to hearing from you soon and to welcoming you home to University Place and Chambers Bay. Connect today!
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