Chambers Bay, Chambers Bay, oh my goodness it is Chambers Bay. The United States Open is coming to Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington for the first time and this is going to be an adventure. Whichever players battles or should I say survives Chambers Bay will be a deserving US Open champion. This is not a course that will suit any one player’s eye. There is no golf game designed to tackle Chambers Bay especially under US Open conditions. You survive and the player that adapts the quickest will most likely be atop the leaderboard as Sunday comes to a close. What are some of Golf’s Greatest Moments Ranked: Top 10 US Open Performances All-Time? It is worth the read to remember US Open greatness before the week begins.
Dates: June 18-21 2015
Course: Chambers Bay GC
Stats: Variable, a True US Open Test (The yardages in the table below won’t apply every day.)
Television Broadcast Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Fox Sports 1 12:00 – 8:00 PM ET, Fox 8:00 – 11:00 PM ET
Friday: Fox Sports 1 12:00 – 8:00 PM ET, Fox 8:00 – 11:00 PM ET
Saturday: Fox 2:00 – 10:00 PM ET
Sunday: Fox 2:00 – 10:30 PM ET
Purse: $9 million total purse
2015 USGA PGA US Open Predictions, Picks, Holes at Chambers Bay
Hole Breakdown and Stats
Note: The first hole will play as a Par-4 during the first and third rounds and as a Par-5 during the second and final rounds
Note: The 18th hole will play as a Par-5 during the first and third rounds and as a Par-4 during the second and final rounds.
|1||496 or 598||4 or 5|
|18||604 or 525||5 or 4|
Chambers Bay is unique in that it is not an old course (less than 10 years old) and it has never hosted a professional event prior to the 2015 US Open. However, it did host the 2010 US Amateur. Chambers Bay has a seemingly unending about of tee box and hole configurations that will ensure the field will play a much different course during each of the four rounds. Let’s take a look at the back nine and just a few of the challenging holes at Chambers Bay for the 2015 US Open.
The 11th hole at Chambers Bay is a long Par-4 that can play in upwards of 537 yards. I do not care how long you are, 537 yard par-4s are just flat out long. This downhill dogleg –left hole has a huge fairway that players will want to play towards the left side. However, as if distance is not enough, the fairway has a massive mound in the middle just waiting to jettison or swallow a misplayed tee shot. From the fairway players will want to attack the right side of the green regardless of the pin placement. They can be bailed out a bit by the slope on the right but if they miss left, the drop-off is sure to shoot a ball 50+ yards away from the green.
The 14th hole at Chambers Bay is something you have to see to fully understand. There is a large bunker in the center and by large I mean massive, that requires a carry in upwards of 320 yards. Don’t think if this as a standard fairway bunker, it is deep and will cripple your second shot. With the 526 yards required on this Par-4, players will have to choose how much they want to bite off. The plus side here is that the green is huge and accepting, not from the air though, they are going to have to run it up. Much like other links style courses, the bounces just might reward or kill your tournament.
The 15th hole at Chambers Bay is arguably the most beautiful view on the course. The Par-3 plays towards the Puget Sound and has slightly varying yardages. That was an understatement as players can expect this hole to play 120 yards at some point in the week and upwards of 250 yards at other points. Pin position, not yardage, will drive this hole. The left side of the green has a bowl affect that can accept even a long iron into the green. Meanwhile, the opposite affect exists on the back right where only the perfect will avoid being tossed away. Since it is the USGA expect the 240 yard tee shot to a pin placement back right. After all, they are nice like that.
The 18th hole at Chambers Bay will play as a Par-4 and a Par-5 during the 2015 US Open. Depending on configuration, the tee shot can either be an angled landing area as a Par-5 or a risk reward as a Par-4. The Par-5 configuration will reward a hitter with premium accuracy and punish those that lose it right. Meanwhile, if players can carry a tee shot 285+ in the Par-4 configuration they will be rewarded with 70-90 yards of additional roll due to the fairway configuration. There is no breathe after the tee shot as the closing hole for the 2015 US Open sports the deepest bunker in the history of the major and arguably the most challenging green at Chambers Bay. A one shot lead on the 72nd hole is not safe here.