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Category: 2015 U.S. Open


Phase No. 2 of Chambers Bay upgrades have been finished; blow by blow

Just finished up a 90-minute tour of Chambers Bay Golf Course with general manager Matt Allen, taking stock of all the second-phase renovations from the past year.

Good news – they are all completed. Right now, the course is playing unhindered by tractors, dump trucks and furiously moving workers. What you see now is practically what the professionals (and a handful of amateurs) will see for the 2015 U.S. Open.

An outliner: This entry will just point out the changes, blow by blow, and how they impact the respective holes:

* 7th hole (par 4): From here on out, the

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Winged Foot Golf Club gets 2020 bid, will host sixth U.S. Open (just not 2015)

When Winged Foot Golf Club bowed out of hosting the 2015 U.S. Open, that is when the United States Golf Association gave a new course in the Northwest serious consideration at its replacement.

And that is how Chambers Bay Golf Course became the site of the 2015 U.S. Open.

Here is a story about Winged Foot getting the OK to host its sixth U.S. Open


Update on Chambers Bay upgrades for 2015 U.S. Open

Toured ever-changing Chambers Bay Golf Course on Wednesday with new director of agronomy Eric Johnson and course superintendent Josh Lewis, and got updates on all the hole changes – all in preparation for the 2015 U.S. Open.

Summaries will be given in the order I toured the course:

* 3rd hole: The dunes and dirt from behind the original teeing area has been removed – and three new teeing areas have been inserted, ranging from 170 to 205 yards for the back tee. Gives this hole more teeth. The new teeing grounds should be in play by the fall.

Also, a service/gallery road has been pushed away from the original tee box, giving the players a little more privacy.

* 6th hole: Again, earth has been moved around to give this hole a little more definition and protection from the fifth-hole green. Also, a long, winding teeing ribbon has been constructed, giving the United States Golf Association the possibility of four more teeing areas – with the furthest back pushing this par 4 to 505 yards.

The area was hydro-seeded about eight weeks ago, and won’t be available for public play until the late fall.

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Johnson hired from Bandon Dunes to head Chambers Bay property

Going to get an updated look at upgraded Chambers Bay Golf Course on Thursday with general manager Matt Allen, who also mentioned that a splash hire has been made.

His name is Eric Johnson, and he is the new director of agronomy. He comes from Bandon Dunes Golf Club where he was the superintendent for both Bandon Dunes (seven years) and most recently – the Old Macdonald Golf Course (1½ years).

Prior to that, he spent four years as the superintendent at Spyglass Hill (1995-2000).

Johnson, a 1995 graduate of Oregon State University, will oversee the physical condition of the

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Wienecke, Chambers Bay’s first caretaker, resigns after six years

Dave Wienecke, the only superintendent Chambers Bay Golf Course has ever known, resigned Thursday after nearly six years on the job.

No specific reason was given, but Chambers general manager Matt Allen said Wienecke’s departure was under good terms.

“We are certainly supportive of him and his transition,” Allen said.

Josh Lewis, who was hired last December to work under Wienecke, will serve as the interim superintendent at the 2015 U.S. Open course in University Place.

Allen said the opening will be officially posted Monday within KemperSports Management. No timetable for finding Wienecke’s replacement was set, but Allen added a hire should be made by the end of 2012.

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Fircrest honors Feb. 12 as ‘Ken Still Day’

Fircrest’s Ken Still spent his entire career on the PGA Tour entertaining galleries in all parts of the country.

On Tuesday, his hometown showed him a little of that same love. The Fircrest city council approved a letter of proclamation, declaring Feb. 12 – the golfer’s birth date – as “Ken Still Day.”

As the 77-year-old sat in attendance with his wife, Linda, city council members took turns reading congratulatory letters from golfing peers Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Juan “Chi-Chi” Rodriguez.

Still was also hailed in a letter written by Pierce County executive Pat McCarthy as the city’s goodwill

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2015 U.S. Open merchandise to be available starting Tuesday

The first shipment of U.S. Open logo clothing is in at Chambers Bay, and starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, it will be made available for purchase in the pro shop.

Items available include men’s and women’s shirts ($48.95 to $78.95 price range), jackets and sweater vests, and a large assortment of hats ($32).

Other stuff, including golf balls and bags, won’t be in until sometime early in 2012.

Chambers Bay has extended its pro-shop hours from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. through Dec. 24. By USGA merchandising regulations, all items must be purchased in person, and cannot be made over

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Specific look at each phase of Chambers Bay changes

I posted something about this a month ago. Since a story published today – and we teased to the Green Scene – here is the work expected to be done in each phase:

PHASE I, Oct. 20
First hole - Entire green will have new sod, and the area short right of the putting surface will be softened. The hole will be closed starting Oct. 20 for roughly six weeks. Golfers will play the 10th hole twice.

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