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Public Courses – West

Architects Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Bruce Charlton Discuss the Mercurial Swings of Chambers Bay

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA – Chambers Bay Co-architect Bruce Charlton smiles and claps his hands as a stat appears on the TV broadcast of the U.S. Open listing the brutish, uphill, 508-yard, par-4 seventh hole as the hardest hole on the golf course thus far in the tournament, a 4.43 stroke average as we go to press. “We wanted there to be swing holes. We wanted the...

Chamber With a Bullet – Golf Course set to Steal Show at 2015 U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA – I have to weep for our society because we have lost it as a species when we can’t all instantly fall in love with Chambers Bay, the site of the 2015 U.S. Open, hard by Puget Sound’s rugged waters, where forest-fragrant air gently caresses verdant, dew-dripped tree-covered hills. “Idyllic” is the first word that comes to mind. “Authentic,”...

Coming Attractions – Public Golf in Southern California

So the first AWITP trip of the year is scheduled for this week – SoCal. We’ll be playing and reviewing Gil Hanse’s work at the recently redesigned Soule Park, along with Olivas Links by Forrest Richardson, and another trip around Hanse’s superb Rustic Canyon. We’ll also have a SURPRISE round at one of SoCals excellent private designs...

Night of the Living Dead Golf and Spa Articles 3 in 3D

Since all great epics come in trilogies (except Harry Potter), and since I’m still finishing my Tallgrass/Gil Hanse piece, here’s the sizzling climax of Golf and Spas! COEUR D’ALENE Britt and friends mentioned they were interested in possibly going to the Pacific Northwest, so how about Coeur D’Alene? “The water really is that blue and...

Interview with John Ladenberg on Chambers Bay

Try to time your arrival at Chambers Bay so as to be there for sunrise, the light is magnificent. As the sky slowly brightens from black to deep purple to blue, they’ll appear before you: eighteen precious jewels, each prim as a cameo, yet as cunningly and carefully designed as the many intricate facets of the gemstone. Yes, everything you’ve heard about...

Pierce County Executive Responds to Newspaper Portrayal of Chambers Bay Finances

Former Pierce County Executive John Ladenberg responded sharply to a Seattle newspaper article questioning the financial viability and impact on the local economy of Chambers Bay Golf Links, site of the 2015 U.S. Open and 2010 U.S. Amateur. Responding to an article that said Chambers Bay operates at a loss that cannot be offset by anticipated U.S. Open gate receipts...

Jay’s Mailbag: Golf and ***Cringe*** Spas

Golf and ***shudder*** Spas… I hated typing that word, but hey, the readers have spoken… Dear Jay: My girlfriends and I love golf and are looking for a cool resort to play in the northwest, west or northeast that also has a good spa and food. We have played a lot of the big resorts and are looking for something cool and different. What can you recommend? Thanks...

Dan Hixson Interview Excerpts on Wine Valley, Ballyneal, and Do-It-Yourself Design

[Author’s Note: This interview was over 17 pages long. Here are some fun and interesting excerpts. You’ll have to buy the book for the rest:)] Dan Hixson – Zen and the Art of the Do It Yourself Golf Design Career MC Lars is actually wrong (for once!) Post-punk laptop rap isn’t the new DIY: golf course design is, at least if you’re Dan...