Robert Trent Jones II designed the course at Chambers Bay on Washington's Puget Sound. The area, forty miles outside Seattle, was once inhabited by the Steilacoom Indian tribe, and has in the interim been put to such uses as a pulp mill and a match factory, but is now owned by Pierce county. Jones' aim was to erase the site's industrial past and to approximate the feel of English links courses, so he incorporated towering sand dunes and pot bunkers and built over a third of the holes close to the waterline. The course is expansive at nearly 6900 meters, and the views out over the bay are correspondingly majestic. The atmosphere is peaceful, punctuated only by the cries of seabirds and the clack of a train passing by. Chambers Bay has established quite a name for itself, hosting the US Amateur Championship in 2010 and the US Open in 2015.
Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
On a trip to Seattle for an Alaska cruise I was able to take a detour a hour south to Chambers Bay. I had heard that the 2015 US Open was going to be held their a year later and was very excited to...