Photographing Chambers Bay Golf Course
Okay, it’s probably pretty obvious that I like golf. I like golf a lot. And one of the things I love about it is the variety of courses one can play on, and we have a unique gem in our own backyard: It’s Chambers Bay in University Place, WA, a public (yes, public!) links-style course carved out of an old gravel mine, which just so happens to have been chosen to host the 2015 US Open.
I’ve played it a few times now. It’s like no other course I’ve played, but I won’t bore you with the details. I think it’s beautiful, and I’ve wanted to photograph it since my very first visit. This weekend I got the opportunity, as the US Amateur has rolled into town, showcasing our top young golfing talent, while also allowing the world a sneak peak at a future US Open site.
Let me just say that I’m happy to break 100 on this course (in the words of Meat Loaf, “Two out of Three Ain’t Bad”), but the USGA has made the course insane. It looked bone dry, super fast, and at least one par three (#15, “Lone Fir”) which I play from about 130 yards they had backed up to about 220 to a green that barely would hold a ball. And did I mention the 607-yard uphill par 5 (which I did see one player reach in two shots)? The lads practicing on the course were a little bit in awe, and sounded hopeful that we might get a little rain before the tournament started. Good luck with that!