We are less than two months from the US Open being played at the picturesque Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington.
What I can only hope is that the pro golfers who come here will like the course and endorse it to bring a regular tournament to the Seattle area.
With all of the great courses that we have here in the Seattle area, I cannot believe the PGA doesn’t have a stop here. And the last time the LGPA played here was in 1999 at Kent Meridian Golf Club in Kent, home of the Safeco Classic from 1982 to 1999.
While the US Open is definitely a feather in Seattle’s cap, it needs to be one of the best US Open’s ever played. By doing so, sponsorship will be easier to come by and if enough money is made, it will be an easy choice for the PGA to add a stop here.
But the biggest challenge will be the golfers themselves. If they find the course challenging and enjoyable to play, that would go a long way to getting a yearly stop. Chambers Bay needs to find that fine balance between challenging play and good scoring. Pro golfers don’t want to win a tournament by shooting only a few strokes under par.
If this year’s winner can shoot 10 under or better, then there is a chance we can get a regular stop here within 5 to 7 years.
I’ve played Chambers Bay only once. I’d play it again but the greens fees are a little bit out of my price range. And they have only gotten higher with the distinction of the US Open being played there. Can’t say that I shot particularly well but then again, I also was a different golfer back then.
There has been some greed that has reared it’s ugly head around this tournament. Once example is a woman who has rented a 5-bedroom home near the course for $2,000 a month for the past eight years, received an eviction notice to leave the premises by 5 o’clock April 30th. This renter has done nothing wrong, kept the house in good shape and paid her rent on tie every month.
Why the eviction? Simple greed. The owner of the home has offered the place online for the week of the tournament for $38,500. That’s $14,500 more than what would be made for an entire year!
Here is a link to a story if you wish to read more: Renter Evicted for 2015 PGA US Open
Look, I don’t mind a person cashing in to make some money. But something could have been worked out. Like telling the renter they need to vacate the premises for the week…and once the tournament is over, they can come back.
The owner of the property sees a chance to cash in…and I suspect the owner will double the rent after the tournament if a pro happens to stay there. Imagine if Jordan Speith rented the place?
But with new opportunities comes changes. I think more good than bad will benefit the Northwest. Big money is coming in to be spent and the immediate area will cash in on it.
I just hope this US Open will show the PGA and the rest of the world that it’s time the Northwest have a regular tournament here.