Chambers Bay golf course - hole 1
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Chambers Bay golf course - hole 1
For regular play, the first hole at Chambers Bay is a par 5 that you don't want to miss to the left. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay golf course - 3rd
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Chambers Bay golf course - 3rd
The third at Chambers Bay is a 167-yard par 3 that's especially vunerible to the wind. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay golf course - 4th
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Chambers Bay golf course - 4th
Chambers Bay's par-5 fourth works its way back up the dunes. Going for it in two carries great risk to a difficult green. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay golf course - 5th
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Chambers Bay golf course - 5th
The elevated tee on Chambers Bay's par-4 fifth offers a panoramic view of the golf course and bay. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay golf course - 6th
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Chambers Bay golf course - 6th
Depending on tees, Chambers Bay's sixth hole is either a long, dogleg right or a short straightaway par 4. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay golf course - 7th
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Chambers Bay golf course - 7th
The seventh at Chambers Bay is a his long uphill par 4 that turns hard from left to right. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay golf course - 8th hole
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Chambers Bay golf course - 8th hole
The fairway on the par-5 eighth at Chambers Bay slopes severely left to right. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay golf course - 9th
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Chambers Bay golf course - 9th
Check out this crazy green on the par-3 ninth hole at Chambers Bay, which starts from a highly elevated tee. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay GC - 10th
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Chambers Bay GC - 10th
The par-4 10th splits the two largest dunes at Chamber Bay. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay golf course - 11th
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Chambers Bay golf course - 11th
The long par 4 11th at Chambers Bay curls in and around the dunes and waste areas. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay golf course - 12th
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Chambers Bay golf course - 12th
The narrow par-4 12th at Chambers Bay is drivable for long hitters. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay golf course - 14th
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Chambers Bay golf course - 14th
Dubbed "Cape Fear," golfers must decide how much they will try to cut off from the par-4 14th at Chambers Bay. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay golf course - 15th
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Chambers Bay golf course - 15th
Lone Fir, the only tree at Chambers Bay, sits behind the green on the par-3 15th. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay golf course - 16th
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Chambers Bay golf course - 16th
A long bunker flanks the entire right side of the par-4 16th at Chambers Bay. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay G.C. - 17th
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Chambers Bay G.C. - 17th
Depending on where the tee is designated, Chambers Bay's par-3 17th can play as two entirely different holes. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Chambers Bay golf course - 18th
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Chambers Bay golf course - 18th
The 18th at Chambers Bay is surrounded by dunes and, like no. 1, it will play as par 4 or par 5 during the 2015 U.S. Open. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Chambers Bay: Land meets sea at your 2015 U.S. Open host course near Seattle

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- If you're looking for links golf -- where the sea meets the land -- Chambers Bay is your destination.

This Robert Trent Jones II-designed municipal golf course, with green fees of $239 for out-of-state guests, will host the 2015 U.S. Open. Built on the one of the largest sand deposits in the world, the course is designed to run firm and fast, though it should be pretty green in June during the Open.

Chambers Bay has undergone significant changes since hosting the U.S. Amateur in 2010, including some new landing areas and greens, most notably on the seventh, where short balls no longer run back down to the fairway 50 yards below.

For the regular golfer, nos. 1 and 18 are par 5s, but will be played as alternating fours and fives during the U.S. Open as the course is adjusted to a par 70.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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