Seattle, Wash. – The website has been launched for “America’s St. Andrews” in advance of the most anticipated sporting event ever to be held in the Pacific Northwest. The website’s address is www.AmericasStAndrews.com, and is in support of the hardbound full-color coffee table book that chronicles the improbable story of how, against all odds, Chambers Bay, in 2008 just an eight-month old publicly-owned facility in University Place, Wash., was selected to host the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship as well as be the first course in the Pacific Northwest to host the U.S. Open, which will be held there in 2015.
Included on the website are a sampling of photos from the book, quotes from interviewees, table of contents, paragraphs pulled from chapters, and a video which can also be viewed here.
The website was designed by Abell Smith, the webmaster for the Pacific Northwest Golf Association.
The scheduled release date for the book is October 1, 2014, and prior to its release the book can be pre-ordered directly from the website at a preferred rate of $29.95. Once the book is released, it will retail for $39.95. Also on the website are two levels of options for businesses wishing to be a partner in the book. Once released, the book will be available wherever books are sold, as well as online, and will be sold onsite at the 2015 U.S. Open. It will also be available on eBooks via Kindle, iPad and other tablets.
The book’s Foreword is written by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the Chairman and Master Architect of the design firm of Robert Trent Jones II, the architects of Chambers Bay.
Included in the book are extensive interviews with all the key people involved in the process of transforming an abandoned gravel mine into a U.S. Open-caliber golf course, such as Mike Davis, Executive Director of the United States Golf Association; Danny Sink, USGA Championship Director of the 2015 U.S. Open; Matt Allen, General Manager of Chambers Bay, and his superintendent, who took on the task of nurturing fine fescue grass in an unfamiliar landscape; John Ladenburg, the former Pierce County Executive who spent all the political clout he had on a dream that ultimately came true; and particularly Jones and his team of architects and shapers who looked to the roots of the ancient game to create a world-class links layout along the shore of Puget Sound.
Along with award-winning photography of the golf course, the book also includes never-before-seen historical photos of the property on which Chambers Bay was built, photos of the phases of the course’s construction, of the 2010 U.S. Amateur held at Chambers Bay, of the renovations performed in the wake of the Amateur, photos from the USGA archives, and of the many people involved in the dramatic backstory of the property.
Owned by Pierce County, the municipal golf course and the property that surrounds it provide, along with golf, a multitude of uses to the general public.
Proceeds to Charitable Initiatives
A portion of the book’s proceeds will be donated to a number of charitable programs and initiatives, such as the Patrons of Golf Program of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association; The First Tee of South Puget Sound, which includes Chambers Bay as one of the chapter’s facilities; The First Green, an educational outreach program that uses golf courses as learning labs for high school students; and the Evans Caddie Scholarship Program, in support of Chambers Bay’s caddie program which provides opportunity for young qualified caddies to earn a four-year college scholarship.
About the Author
Blaine Newnham was a sports editor and columnist for 11 years with the Eugene Register-Guard, and an associate editor and sports columnist for The Seattle Times for 23 years. He is a featured writer in Golf Getaways magazine, and is a constant contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine and Cybergolf.com, as well as Golfweek magazine. He has authored two previous books, “The Running Experience” and “Golf Basics.” In 2005, Newnham received the Distinguished Service Award from the Northwest Golf Media Association.
The book’s editor is Tom Cade, who is the editor of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, which is published by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). He is also the Sr. Director of Communications for the PNGA and the Washington State Golf Association. Cade is the current president of the Northwest Golf Media Association. Newnham and Cade are regular members of the Golf Writers Association of America.
The book is being published by Green Cloud Media.
St. Andrews is used in the title of the book with the expressed written permission of St. Andrews Links Trust, the charitable organization which manages the seven public golf courses in St. Andrews, Scotland. Creating golf’s future by honoring its past, St. Andrews Links Trust is dedicated to keeping the game available and open to all.
Attached image of book’s cover is copyright Green Cloud Media. All rights reserved.