A very miserable end to the week weather wise with the constant showers blowing through. The courses were drying out but the light rain is the worst type as it basically just sits on the surface. It's a little disappointing with the Senior Matchplay scheduled for next week that the course will be a bit soft under foot and the forecast doesn't look very good either. The flags that are flying behind 18 West green are there for the Championship which gets under way on Sunday with a practice round then continues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Speaking of Championships, I can hardly wait for the US Open to start next Thursday which is being played at a course called Chambers Bay in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA. This course is a "municipal" which means that it is operated by the local authorities and only opened for play in 2007 and can be played by anyone for around $100. It is built on an old gravel/sand mine and is famous for a couple of things in my mind. Firstly it is all one type of grass (fine fescue) and secondly there is only one tree on the entire property. The course has a definite "links" feel to it and has an abundance of sand which is very striking when you stand on the tee. Another feature is that the ground conditions are expected to be hard and fast and most of the course will be brown rather than green. It will be very interesting to see how the long bombers handle the conditions which will call for some imaginative shotmaking, especially around the greens. And another feature is that the green speeds may not be that high as the greens themselves have some wild undulation in them and would be unplayable at any sort of speed above 10 feet or so on the Stimpmeter. But it is the US Open?? Oh and given you are going to need an imaginative game I think it may be Bubba saluting once again.
|Another view of "the" tree showing some of the sand.|