Upcoming Book on Chambers Bay and 2015 U.S. Open Due to be Best Seller.
The making of Chambers Bay is the subject of the book, America’s St. Andrews, chronicling the improbable story of how Chambers Bay, a newly-opened and untested municipal facility built on an abandoned gravel mine, was selected as the first course in the Pacific Northwest to host the U.S. Open, which will be held there in June 2015.
Chambers Bay is a public golf course in University Place, Washington, on Puget Sound southwest of Tacoma. The Scottish links-style course is owned by Pierce County and opened for play seven years ago on June 23, 2007.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course has become one of the most popular “must plays” in the Northwest. Playing 7,165 yards from the tips, the course is a true test of golf on a track featuring extremely heavy contours, tight lies, myriad bunkers-some stretching the entire length of a hole and others as deep as a hand dug well. The entire course is planted in fescue. Like St. Andrews and other Scottish Links courses, the course caters to the saying that you’re better off putting 150 yards than trying to hit a 7 iron. Jones let the lay of the land dictate the shaping of the course as he constructed one of the most unique golf tracks in the country.
Naturally set in an amphitheater created by years of gravel mining, the course overlooks the Puget Sound. The views are spectacular from any spot on the course. One can not only see, but also distinctly hear, the gentle rhythm of the trains as they make their way across the bottom of the course on the shore of the Puget Sound. Monolithic cement walls, remnants of gigantic gravel separating bins, stand sentry to what the area once was. On the course itself, you can also hear the other golfers, from the clanking of clubs in the bags cast over the shoulders of the caddies, to the triumphant jubilation of a good shot, and yes, even the disappointed groan or burst of a disgruntled expletive after a shot gone awry. At the top of the bluff, the clubhouse looks out over entire course. In June, thousands of spectators along with camera crews, reporters, and of course, golfers, will converge on Chambers Bay to witness our nation’s ultimate golf contest to see who the national champion will be. It will truly be a one of a kind experience to be there.
About the Author
Written by Blaine Newnham the hardbound coffee table book includes award-winning photography, a foreword by Robert Trent Jones Jr., extensive interviews with USGA Executive Director Mike Davis, Robert Trent Jones Jr., and others who were instrumental in making the course a reality. Newnham was a sports editor and columnist for 11 years with the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard, and an associate editor and sports columnist for The Seattle Times for 23 years. He 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 and publisher is Tom Cade, who is the editor of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, 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 published by Green Cloud Media in partnership with KemperSports, Heritage Links, Tommy Bahama, Robert Trent Jones II and Travel Tacoma + Pierce County.
The book, America’s St. Andrews, is a must buy for anyone wanting to have a piece of what promises to be one of the most unique US Opens in history.