CHAMBERS BAY TOO UGLY TO VISUALIZE!
Don't believe the official picture for the US OPEN at Chambers Bay this week. The grass is brown and the course looks like a moonscape. But it's a big deal for the Pacific Norhwest especially for Tacoma which has played second fiddle to Seattle for ever!
Now if only the dudes on the Golf Channel could get it in their geographic challenged 'eastern' heads' that Chambers Bay is in Tacome not Seattle! Geez....
The scenery beyond the course is stunning - the Sound, the Olympics, the nearby islands and the BNSF tracks which separate the course from the water. Errant balls will be blasted with a train engine horn.
I pitty the fans who will have to endure the traffic jams. I'll stay home and watch it on TV and play on the course they should have chosen - Pumpkin Ridge! David Fay, the head of the USGA when Chambers Bay was selected said that given the wet weather in the Pacific Northwest, Chambers was the best choice!
This shows you how ignorant these dudes are! Pumpkin Ridge has hosted several Women's US Opens in addition to Tiger's famous 3rd US Amateur Championship which launched his PGA career. And being south of Seattle, the Portland area weather is usually warmer and less rainy this time of year than Seattle's.
Given the lousy weather on the east coast or midwest in the spring or summer where golf tournaments are sandwiched between thunderstorms or tornados Fay's comments are especially insulting. But hey, Fay et al made their choice but it's the players who have to deal with the bad greens, the ugly waste areas and the longish walks.
A player's view - whoever wins will have earned it the hard way!