014 – Chambers Bay (feat. Zac Keener)


Chambers Bay

Featuring Zac Keener

With tawny fescue grasses, towering sand dunes, massive fairways, and breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and snow-capped Olympic Mountains, Chambers Bay brings the traditions of Scottish linksland to the Pacific Northwest. Some of golf’s great championships have been decided on these fairways and greens. Located in University Place, Washington, this 18-hole, walking-only golf course provides an authentic links experience for players of every ability.
This bucket list 18-hole championship golf course will deliver a world class experience for every golfer on your buddy trip!

Show Notes

Guest: Zac Keener

Key Take-Away’s From This Episode:

  1. Chambers Bay was an old Rock and Sand Quary; In fact, a lot of the sand base layer of most golf courses came from this site. Sorting Bins still exist on the course today.
  2. Located on Puget Sound; and has everything the Pacific Northwest is notorious for. Rain, islands, Mt. Rainier
  3. 45mins from Sea-Tac International Airport
  4. #24 of the greatest golf courses by Golf Digest
  5. A true links course spanning 250 acres except for the ONE iconic tree named: The Lone Fir
  6. A Robert Trent Jones walking course only
  7. Home to 2015 US Open

Key Resources Mentioned:

  • For Buddies Trips, there are 3 golf courses within 50 minute drive of Chambers Bay: Home Course in Dupont and Golf Mountain Golf Complex in Bremerton
    • Lots of great golf in the area and they have a nice packages for buddies that include Chambers Bay and others
  • Events:
    • Hosting 2021 US Amateur 4-ball championship;
    • Washington State Amateur in August
    • Pacific Northwest 4 ball – 3 course layout (open to the public!)
  • Signature 15 hole – Par 3
  • Social Six – 6 hole loop with tastings from local distilleries
  • Tacoma is close, but it has plenty of lodging like Silver Cloud Hotel and restaurants
  • Chambers Bay Grill – you can see all 18 holes of the golf course; Try the Chowder!
    • One of the only western facing restaurants – Killer Sunsets
    • Other great places: Asado (Argentine chophouse), Ruston Waterfront, down in Tacoma
  • Don’t leave without experiencing the greater park system before or after your trip. Essential meadow, public beach, Great biking, hiking and fishing.

Guest Give-Away:

Mention The Golf Trip Authority Podcast and receive…

    • Contact Anthony Shipman for a VERY special offer to groups of eight or more and your trip leader. Just mention the podcast upon reservation to redeem this gift from the Club.

Guest Contact Information:

  • Chambers Bay: www.chambersbaygolf.com
  • Special Buddies Trip Link
  • Reservation Phone Number: 877-295-4657

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