Look ahead to Chambers Bay and beyond
PINEHURST, N.C. – Following the conclusion of the 2014 U.S. Open here at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, we turn our attention to the 2015 U.S. Open. And beyond.
So be alert. This is a quiz.
Seven future U.S. Open sites (2015 through 2021) have been selected. How many of the seven courses can you name? As a bonus, match each course with its appropriate year.
Awarding one point per course and one point per year, a total of 14 points is available. Consider six points an eagle … five points, birdie … four points, par … three points, bogey … two points, double bogey … one point, triple bogey … no points, X.
More than six points is worth a U.S. Open exemption (we wish). Actually, more than six points is an indicator of a golf nut. Or should we call it an indicator of a golf fanatic.
Ron Garland of Bozeman, Mont., is an expert on nuts and fanatics. He is founder of the Golf Nuts Society. Later he sold the name. Recently he started another organization called the Honourable Society of Golf Fanatics (golffanatics.org).
"We know the U.S. Open courses," claimed the enthusiastic Garland.
Okay, here's the lineup.
PHOTOS: 2014 U.S. Open (Saturday)
Check out photos from Saturday's third round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.
- 2015: Chambers Bay Golf Course, University Place, Wash.
- 2016: Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club
- 2017: Erin Hills Golf Course, Hartford, Wisc.
- 2018: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
- 2019: Pebble Beach (Ca.) Golf Links
- 2020: Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
- 2021: Torrey Pines Golf Course, San Diego, Calif.
What's the deal with Chambers Bay, a public course owned by the Pierce County, Wash.? The 2010 U.S. Amateur, won by Peter Uihlein, was played there. Otherwise, few golfers seem to possess substantial knowledge about the facility.
One who does know Chambers Bay is Ryan Moore, the three-time PGA Tour winner and native of Washington state.
"I have a house 10 minutes from Chambers Bay," Moore said. "I'll definitely be out there in the spring and early summer."
At one time, Moore held an annual charity event at Chambers Bay. Tour players who participated included Bubba Watson, Aaron Baddeley, Ben Crane and Michael Putnam.
"It's a beautiful, amazing piece of property," Moore said. "It is pretty close to a traditional links course, although it has an elevation change – 70 or 80 feet – that's different from what we play over in the UK.
"I think a lot of people are going to love it, and a lot of people are going to hate it. They absolutely can make it tough enough for the U.S. Open. They can make it unplayable if they want.
"It is a very demanding golf course. There are a lot of fescue areas. They will stretch it to 7,800 yards at sea level. The temperature could potentially be 55-65 degrees. There shouldn't be a ton of wind, but I'm guessing there will be a breeze of 10-15 mph."
Correctly guess the winner of the 2015 U.S. Open, and you will become commissioner of the PGA Tour (well, maybe not).