UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) — The return of major championship golf to the Pacific Northwest may depend on the fate of the greens at Chambers Bay.
The maligned putting surfaces on the links-style layout by Puget Sound became as much a story at the 2015 U.S. Open as Jordan Speith’s victory. Now the greens are getting a makeover.
“We know the putting greens are an area of concern not just for future championships but for our customers and that’s why we’re working so hard to make the progress that we are,” said Matt Allen, general manager of the course.
The changing of the greens from fine fescue grass to poa annua is a dramatic adjustment from the original design by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and his team. The process will take several years. When complete, officials believe they will have solved the biggest problem to emerge from the U.S. Open.
And that will not only help the daily public use of Chambers Bay but make the first course to host the U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest more appealing for future events.
While the final day of the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay…