Chambers Bay golf course - hole 17
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Chambers Bay golf course - hole 17
The par-3 17th hole at Chambers Bay runs along the Puget Sound and railroad tracks. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Chambers Bay golf course - hole 10
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Chambers Bay golf course - hole 10
The par-4 10th hole at Chambers Bay plays through dunes to an elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Chambers Bay golf course - hole 18
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Chambers Bay golf course - hole 18
The 18th hole runs along old quarry ruins to the right side of the fairway at Chambers Bay. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Chambers Bay golf course - hole 2
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Chambers Bay golf course - hole 2
The par-4 second hole plays out towards Puget Sound and the fir tree at Chambers Bay. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Chambers Bay golf course - hole 3
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Chambers Bay golf course - hole 3
The par-3 third hole at Chambers Bay plays over a huge waste bunker. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Chambers Bay golf course - hole 6
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Chambers Bay golf course - hole 6
Holes at Chambers Bay are posted with native tree bark. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Chambers Bay golf course - hole 9
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Chambers Bay golf course - hole 9
The par-3 ninth hole at Chambers Bay is a steep, downhill shot that kicks everything left-to-right. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Chambers Bay golf course - hole 15
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Chambers Bay golf course - hole 15
Chambers Bay's par-3 15th hole is named "Lone Fir. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Chambers Bay golf course - hole 12
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Chambers Bay golf course - hole 12
The drivable 12th hole plays uphill and just over 300 yards from the back tees at Chambers Bay. A heavily sloped green is its defense. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Chambers Bay golf course - hole 13
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Chambers Bay golf course - hole 13
Many golfers who have played Chambers Bay may want another crack at it following recent improvements. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Chambers Bay golf course - hole 14
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Chambers Bay golf course - hole 14
No. 14 is a long, downhill par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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2015 U.S. Open host Chambers Bay golf course in Tacoma, Washington

The Chambers Bay golf course in Tacoma, Wash., represents one of the most ambitious golf projects in years. Opened in 2007, it has also become one of the most hyped, thanks to the nearly immediate announcement that it will host the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship and 2015 U.S. Open.

The golf course sits on an abandoned gravel mine on the shores of the Puget Sound minutes from downtown Tacoma in University Place. The gravel and sand were sculpted into a links-style layout by architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., complete with fescue grass tee to green. For the U.S. Open, Chambers Bay will play over 7,500 yards, but there are numerous sets of tees for daily play. In fact, one of the appealing things about Chambers Bay to the USGA was its flexibility with tee locations.

For non-pros, Chambers Bay features some wide, generous fairways and huge, undulating greens. Green speeds will never be too fast here due to the fescue turf and severe undulations. The course will certainly rely on its greens to defend against the professionals. The course is walking-only and encourages the use of caddies.

Chambers Bay is owned by Pierce County, and county residents receive a discounted rate. A three-mile walking path weaves through the golf course.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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