Pierce County officials were in Olympia today to push their funding request of more than $500,000 for Chambers Bay Golf Course.
Legislators from the area agreed to support efforts to secure the money.
The public course in University Place, run by the county, will be the home of this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship and the 2015 U.S. Open.
County Executive Pat McCarthy’s staff told members of the local legislative delegation that the county needs state money to pave roads and pedestrian paths and build a boarding area for buses. Gov. Chris Gregoire has put $511,000 in her budget proposal for the course.
“I know this is a significant ask, given the economic conditions,” McCarthy said.
But she said the state has funded Seattle baseball and football stadiums that she doubts will see a Super Bowl or World Series anytime soon. “The U.S. Open is as significant as the World Series, or it’s as significant as the Super Bowl.”
Doing the upgrades in time for the U.S. Amateur will help the course impress the U.S. Golf Association and convince the group to bring back the U.S. Open in future years, county officials said.