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Chambers Bay honored

Post by Cheryl Tucker on May 22, 2009 at 8:53 am |
May 22, 2009 8:53 am

All sorts of interesting e-mails come in to the Letters to the Editor – including a press release from Golfweek magazine.

Golfweek, which bills itself as “the most authoritative, authentic and independent publication in golf,” has just named Chambers Bay golf course as the second best municipal course in the country. The course in University Place will host the 2015 U.S. Open.

No. 1 is Bethpage State Park (Black), site of next month’s U.S. Open in Farmingdale, N.Y., and No. 3 is Torrey Pines (South), in La Jolla, Calif.

The top 10 public courses in Washington, according to the magazine, are:

1. Chambers Bay, University Place

2. Palouse Ridge, Pullman

3. Olympic Course at Gold Mountain, Bremerton

4. Semiahmoo, Blaine

5. Trophy Lake Golf & Casting, Port Orchard

6. Home Course, DuPont

7. Suncadia (Prospector), Roslyn

8. Indian Canyon, Spokane

9. Port Ludlow Resort (Tide/Timber), Port Ludlow

10. Loomis Trail, Blaine

To read the entire list of top public courses, go here.

According to Golfweek:

"We’re in the middle of an unprecedented two-year run of municipal courses hosting the U.S. Open," said Bradley S. Klein, national director of Golfweek’s Best Courses ratings program. "All told, 25 states are represented on our list – California leads with eight courses, followed by Arizona and Utah with four each – thus proving that municipal golf is thriving across the country."

To produce the Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses list, a nationwide team of more than 475 evaluators rated the layouts on the basis of 10 criteria, including routing, conditioning, variety and memorability of holes. The result is an average of scores, which then dictates a course’s overall ranking.

"So many golfers have roots in municipal golf, so it was fun for us to aggregate a list of the best munis in the country," said Jeff Babineau, vice president and editor of Golfweek. "To most, the term ‘muni’ once conjured images of playing in some scruffy dustbowl track – but to look down this list of top courses, the overall quality is really phenomenal."

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