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Tag: Chambers Bay


Playground by the Sound has bucks, needs builders

Playground by the Sound, which will be built by volunteers Sept. 20-25, will have a sweeping view over the Chambers Bay golf course and Puget Sound. (Staff file photo)

This editorial appears in Friday’s print edition.

Less than a month from now, a small army is scheduled to descend on the west slope of University Place. It will be a peaceful army with one mission: build the Playground by the Sound.

The army still needs volunteers to commit to at least one “building blitz” shift Sept. 20-25. Under supervision of Leathers & Associates consultants and volunteer coordinator Rebecca Vader, they will construct the 12,000-square-foot, handicap-accessible playground in the North Meadow of Chambers Creek Properties. Also needed are donations of materials, use of building tools, food for the workers and day care for their children. Read more »


Despite losses, Chambers Bay worth the investment

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

So much in golf depends on timing. And Chambers Bay golf course’s was off big time.

The upscale links-style course began operation in 2007 – also the year when the worst economic recession since the Great Depression began. Nationwide, many golf courses made significantly less income when people cut back on discretionary spending. Many courses went into foreclosure or closed.

The experts say the recession officially ended in July 2009. Even so, PGA PerformanceTrak reports that the number of rounds played in 2010 was down 10.4 percent from 2009.

Those figures help explain why Chambers Bay has yet to get into the black financially. Final 2010 figures aren’t in yet, but the course was $700,000 in the red by the end of September. And it could be a few more years before it breaks even, much less turns a profit.

The course is owned by Pierce County, and like other public facilities receives subsidies if it’s not self-sustaining. Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway, for instance, gets just under $1 million a year in county funding despite the fact that it charges for ice skating, tennis and recreational programs. Read more »


Pierce County tournament scores a hole-in-one

Peter Uihlein tees off the 12th hole in the final round of the U.S. Amateur golf tournament Sunday at Chambers Bay in University Place. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

It’s safe to exhale now, Pierce County. Chambers Bay seems to have passed its first big test with flying colors.

The county-owned golf course in University Place received rave reviews from participants in the U.S. Amateur, which ended Sunday, as well as from U.S. Golf Association officials and visiting media.

“Fun” was a word commonly used by the young players, many of whom had little experience playing on more challenging Scottish links-style courses with their uneven fairways, thick roughs, and lack of trees and water hazards.

“I think this place hit a home run this week,” gushed Golf Channel announcer Steve Burkowski. Read more »


Chamber of horrors in University Point, Wa.?

Curious to see what was being written about Chambers Bay by the out-of-town sports media, I came across a posting by Tim Cronin, a blogger for the Chicago-area Southtown Star. He gets the name of the city wrong, calling it University Point instead of University Place.

Cronin quotes player Jason Buffone: “Words don’t describe how tough it is . . . It’s the hardest course I’ve ever played in my life . . . Try to hit a 5-iron off concrete.”

Read the entire posting here.