Originally Posted by Scott43
So what's the word on Chambers Bay? Getting somewhat trashed in the media etc. Yey or Nay?
I'm no golfer, but I think it's quite interesting. The greens are insane. Like warped potato chips. Makes for some interesting shots.
There's huge elevation changes. Like over 600 ft up then down. Sometimes you're teeing off way above the green, other times the approaches are 50 feet below the green.
Bunkers are cool and actually don't look all that hard for a pro. I saw Phil's, Bubba's and Angel's balls in the same bunker on the same shot. All like 5 feet from each other. How often does that happen?
I don't quite understand, but they can change holes by easily 50 yards, and make pin placements near impossible. Putting downhill seems to be very difficult. Speed of greens varies on some holes because of grass types, and also time of day.
The course is probably gorgeous to play at with all the views of Puget sound. On tv, there are a few problems.
- Zero shade. So there's little contrast. There's no lush green we're used to.
- it's really hard to tell the contour of the greens on tv. You see them putt and are like what?? Then it ends up close to the cup.
- No trees. (well one) We're not used to that either. If it gets 90 degrees and sunny, it'll be brutal with their 10 mile walk.
Overall, I think it's pretty neat. They took an old gravel/sand mine and turned it into a diabolical golf course. The greens are interesting, sand is grey. You're pretty much guaranteed to see bunker shots from everyone. The trains are cool. Trains are more interesting than golfers to most people, so deal. This is entertainment afterall.
They should sponsor a sailboat regatta on the bay for backdrop. It really is beautiful. With water at a premium, we really don't need more lush courses in the West that a few hundred people a year use for massive water use. I think they should plant some trees in the ob non playing areas though.
There isn't much worse than whiney golfers. (Whiney pitchers?) Wtf, this is a pro course for pros. I don't think a really good amateur could shoot 100 on that thing. The greens are brutal. There's a 15 year old out there that beat Tiger. The top scores are inline - 5 under, many at 2 -4 under, so what's the problem? Yeah, this thing punishes mistakes. But as Tom Weisskopf said, playing in the US Open is not fun.
Too bad we don't have Tiger near his prime because I think he would've done well.
Instead he loses a club end of shot. Then looks at the club like there's something wrong with it.