What the national media is saying about the U.S. Open and Chambers Bay golf course in University Place:
A wild 2015 U.S. Open
Welcome to golf on the moon. It’s brown. It’s bone dry. There’s sand everywhere, and because there’s sand, dust kicks up with your every step. The starkness of the place is almost overwhelming, vast and treeless as far as the eye can see. The greens don’t really start or end. They’re just there. Remnants of what humans left behind — the concrete silos from the days that an old gravel mine belonged here — rise toward the sky in the strangest of places. This is the 2015 U.S. Open golf championship? It certainly is. – Christine Brennan, USA Today
Chambers Bay a drag for the $110-paying fan
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Here is the truth about Chambers Bay: the USGA basically went all-in for TV aesthetics for the 115th edition of the U.S. Open. In the process, they signed on with a course that has frustrated the golfers and been even more difficult for the fans. This is a hard place to watch a golf tournament. It is steep, sandy, slippery and long – an arduous course to walk. Worse than that, the hills and dunes that rise around every hole severely limit sight lines, which means there are fewer places here than just about any other course to actually see golfers and golf shots. And even in the places where fans can see the course, they generally are viewing from long distance. – Pat Forde, Yahoo! Sports
Is this tournament too open to change?
No, the USGA has not lost its senses. Everything about bringing the 115th U.S. Open to Chambers Bay, an eight-year-old course in a part of the country that has never hosted an Open, was deeply considered. Still, this year’s Open is an experiment that begs a question: How far can a major stray from its traditions before it risks losing stature? Golf’s majors are odd institutions, in that no official body designates them as such. Their prestige accrues only over time and by general consensus. The U.S. Open, in addition to being the national championship of the country with the world’s biggest golf population, is respected as the game’s toughest challenge. Anything that threatens that history and reputation is serious business, which is why the untraditional choice of Chambers Bay has been so controversial. Players are not the best ones to ask about this since their overwhelming concern is how Chambers Bay could foil their chances for playing well. In the wake of Thursday’s first round, that meant dissing the greens. – John Paul Newport, Wall Street Journal
Chambers Bay has even leaders scratching their heads
The 18th hole at Chambers Bay Golf Course, site of the 115th United States Open, can play as either a shortish par 5 or a long par 4. The United States Golf Association chose the latter for Friday’s second round, and it was not a popular move. It was not the only complaint from the field as players moaned about dry, bumpy greens that made putting an adventure. Several players do not think much of the seventh hole either. – Bill Pennington, New York Times
Chambers Bay is stunning, but don’t expect to see the golf there
I am in pain, writing this. I love the fact that the U.S. Open is on a true public course, in a gorgeous part of the country that seldom sees the best players in the world. I love—I really mean this—the USGA as an organization and what it does and what it tries to do for our game. I love that Chambers Bay takes its inspiration from the motherland, and that it is so beautiful. But she’s tricked-up and tricked-out. She is not what she first appears to be, underneath the makeup. Golf, really, is supposed to be a simple cross-country ball-and-stick game. But it is not here. – Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated