Site of the 2010 U.S. Amateur & 2015 U.S. Open Championships;

Location: University Place, WA
Client: Pierce County, Washington
Opened: June 2007
Budget: $21 million
Designers: Robert Trent Jones II, Bruce Charlton, Jay Blasi
Contractor: Heritage Links

Summary: 18-hole municipal course created to reclaim an abandoned sand /gravel mine and drive tourism to Pierce County, Washington. The pure links
design, on the shores of Puget Sound, is one of only a few fescue golf courses in
the United States. 1.4 million cubic yards of sand were shifted in order to create
the golf landscape and provide a suitable base for firm / fast conditions.
#1 Best Municipal Course in USA
#2 Most Eco-Friendly Course in USA
Top Ten Green Golf Courses
Best New Golf Course Opened in 2007
#1 Golf Course in Washington State
#2 Americas Best Municipal Courses
#20 Best Modern Courses
Best New Course You Can Play
#8 Top 100 You Can Play
#27 Top 50 Golf Courses of the Last 50 Years
#46 Golf Course in the United States
#77 Golf Course in the World
#1 Public Golf Course in Washington State
Americas Best New Public Course for 2008
Course of the Year
2007 Development of the Year (Daily Fee Category)
Top Newcomer in 2009
Platinum Places: Best New Courses to Put on
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Hole 10 during 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship

Society of American Travel Writers Phoenix Award
Recipient of the Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary Award Program Certification


Rob Perry Gallery

Aidan Bradley Gallery

Chambers Bay was the project of my dreams. It was my first opportunity to be a Project Architect contributing to the RTJII design team, guide a design from start to finish and introduce my own design ideas. It was links golf, truly public, a reclamation project and it was intended to drive tourism and fuel economic development, all things I admired greatly. The process, which consumed most of my time and almost all my thoughts from 2004-2007, was great fun and offered valuable lessons and even better friends. Through our work at Chambers Bay I was able to fulfill my childhood dream of designing a course that would host the U.S. Open. More importantly I got to share the experience with my family and friends and met my bride in the process. Dreams do come true!


Tasks Performed as Project Architect for RTJII


  • Served as a key designer & day-to-day manager of the project
  • Involved from initial site visit to opening and beyond
  • Prepared initial interview presentation
  • Participated in all consultant meetings throughout project
  • Established the golf course routing
  • Developed the strategy for each hole and each course feature
  • Conceptualized and implemented the look of the course
  • Created the golf course grading plan


  • Prepared all construction drawings
  • Coordinated and prepared specifications and bidding documents
  • Researched U.S. Open infrastructure requirements during design
  • Helped facilitate contact with USGA regarding the project
  • Served as key designer in the field throughout construction
  • Painted every bunker line and flagged all grassing lines
  • Designed tee markers, hole signs, flags and provided content for website