The 15 Hardest-Hitting US Open Quotes About Chambers Bay


Have you caught your breath yet?

No matter what you think of the course, Chambers Bay delivered some incredible drama over the last four days. Congratulations to Jordan Spieth, and his winning score of -5.

Now that this highly-anticipated week is in the rear-view mirror, let’s take a look at what some of the players said about the golf course. (Hint: many were not pleased.)

How did Chambers Bay fare in its US Open debut?(Chambers Bay)

How did Chambers Bay fare in its US Open debut?(Chambers Bay)

From the moment the USGA awarded Chambers Bay the 2015 U.S. Open, those who knew the course well also knew that it had the potential to stir controversy among the participants.

The crowing began more than a month ago, with Ian Poulter reporting the course to be a “farce” on Twitter, based on what he’d heard from other players. Though he didn’t contend, Poulter did manage to make the cut in spite of his and others’ displeasure with the course, finishing tied for 54th at +11. Then he said:

“If this was a regular PGA Tour event lots of players would have withdrawn and gone home on Wednesday”

American Ryan Palmer had weighed in as well, saying…

“As far as the greens are concerned, it’s not a championship golf course.”

In spite of his objections to Chambers Bay’s undulating putting surfaces, Palmer shot +10 for the week and finished in a tie for 52nd.

Henrik Stenson, the third-ranked player in the world, referred to Chambers Bay early on as a…

“tricked up links course”

…but in spite of his own distaste for the layout, he shared the first-round lead before tumbling back to a 27th place tie at +5.

Perhaps the strongest direct pre-tournament criticism came from the normally reserved Charl Schwartzel, who won the 2011 Masters. He directed hit harshest words at the conditioning of the greens, saying…

“They roll so badly that a good putt misses and a bad one goes in”

Turns out the South African was pretty mentally strong, as he played stellar golf over the weekend to finish in solo seventh place at -2.

So, did these criticisms of the course hold up?

Well, even Jordan Spieth was overheard saying the following about playing the 18th hole as a par-4:

“This is the dumbest hole I’ve ever played in my life”

In the end, players who complained about Chambers Bay’s layout were in the minority. But it seemed that, like Schwartzel, nearly everyone had something to say about the condition of Chambers Bay’s putting surfaces.

After two rounds, Henrik Stenson said the were…

“pretty much like putting on broccoli”

In response, Rory McIlroy said:

“I don’t think they’re as green as broccoli, I think they’re more like cauliflower.”

Some players were a bit brutal in their assessments…

“…I’ve lost a little bit of respect for the USGA this week.”

…while others were a little more subtle in their criticism:

Perhaps the strongest words of the week came from a man who wasn’t even in the field: Gary Player. When asked about the setup and look of Chambers Bay, he said,

“This has been the most unpleasant golf tournament I’ve seen in my life.”

What did you think of the setup and design of Chambers Bay during the U.S. Open. Are the pros justified in their criticism of the greens? Are they overreacting?

Take this quick poll, then feel free to elaborate in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous

    June 23, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I wouldn’t play the course even if I lived in the town.

  2. birdymann

    June 23, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Where were the goats that should have been grazing in that pasture they call a golf course?

  3. tom

    June 23, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Pampered multi-millionaires should stop their whining

  4. MaryAnn Wanelik

    June 23, 2015 at 10:46 am

    It may have been a beautiful place (as announcers said over ans over and over) but it transferred poorly to the television audience and i usually wach start to finish but my eyes hurt trying to follow the ball on such poor looking fairways and greens. Even the cameramen were all over the place. Just a horrible experience to watch, even on my 65″ tv

  5. Ed

    June 23, 2015 at 10:47 am

    These greens have been terrible from the start. The USGA was able to take them from slow and bumpy to fast and bumpy. Golfers in the NW have been saying for years that you can’t be the best public course in the NW if you have the worst greens on ANY course in the NW. For everyday play the greens usually stimp at about “7”.

  6. Rae

    June 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

    It was a difficult course but it made me realize that golf is a game of adapting and it isn’t always meant to be a 10 or more under par finish

  7. Tom Rowlands

    June 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Maybe the question everyone should be asking is what was behind the USGA picking this course? Someone must have gotten paid off!! Wouldn’t be the first time. The tour is pushing so much beer and booze at their events, the goal almost seems to be how much money can they rake in, not how civilized of a golf tournament can they run.

  8. Neil Winward

    June 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I don’t have a lot of sympathy for tour pros complaining about the “adversity” they face at events such as this. I think it is good for the game that the average golfer gets to see excellent golfers struggling with some of the things they struggle with on an average round. I think the need to think carefully about playing the kinds of shots that never get played on the regular tour (think the massively undulating greens with bank shots demanding creativity) is a different test. I think it is legitimate that Spieth expresses his opinion about the 18th. If the USGA played it as a par 5 on Sunday because they did not want him playing down the 1st hole, fair enough

    I do have some sympathy with the comments on the putting surfaces. Putting is hard enough without the kind of random wobbles and bobbles we saw.

    If they hold it here again, the USGA should focus on getting the greens in better shape.

  9. Dan A

    June 23, 2015 at 10:49 am

    There are ALWAYS pros that complain about every US Open, no matter the course. Likewise there is ALWAYS one who wins and many who come close. Pros should look back at the history of golf to see how pampered they have become. Not only do I want to go play Chambers Bay again, I suspect it was good preparation for The Open upcoming in July.

  10. Rev. Nagi

    June 23, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Honestly, I couldn’t even bring myself to watch the tournament after seeing the condition of the greens and I’ve seen every major for the past 20 years…

  11. Tony

    June 23, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Chambers Bay is a links-like course (not a true links course). As such the golfers should expect tight lies, erratic bounces, hard greens and less than manicured conditions. Case in point, watch the upcoming Open at St. Andrews. The extreme undulations demanded creativity, and mental toughness to deal with the vicissitudes of the course. The course condition was not great, variations in the condition of the greens being the major failing. However the week delivered some exciting golf, and there is no doubt that the cream rose to the top, which is the goal of a U.S. Open. I believe a return to Chambers Bay should be planned, and look forward to seeing it in better condition.

  12. Bob Funk

    June 23, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Part of me sort of understands the dissatisfaction these golfers are expressing. However, most of me wants the players to quit whining. I believe (this can be fact checked) :)) that every participant in the 2015 US Open played the same course. So, in the true historic spirit of golf, hit the ball, find the ball and hit the ball again. Oddly, I don’t hear contenders playing in the Open Championship when it is played in Scotland complaining if the are required to play their round in the afternoon when it is far more likely to be windy and raining compared to conditions on most mornings. I think that is far more unfair than everyone playing on the same “less than pristine” putting surfaces.

  13. Mark

    June 23, 2015 at 10:51 am

    The dumbest golf course setup I’ve ever seen. The greens were a joke, These guys are the best players in the world and you have fescue greens…really?
    They can play any type of course,good or bad as they showed but it was a terrible experience for everyone. When those guys hit a perfect shot and say get lucky what does that tell you about the course. The USGA should be shot for this disaster. As Gary player said, this will make people not want to play golf, Trying to grow the game,this is not the way to do it.

    When they played the US Open at Congressional a few yrs ago. They destroyed their new greens. They couldn’t use those greens for 7 months after that. The USGA needs to use some brains. Make a course very difficult but fair and don’t destroy the golf course. I suspect the USGA is a superintendent’s worst nightmare

  14. rizzo

    June 23, 2015 at 10:53 am

    These guys have turned into GIANT cry babies!!!! A really great golfer Seve Ballesteros would have told these cry babies to get on with the game what’s wrong with you.

  15. Glenn jentry

    June 23, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I think the set up and the course was great these guys are pros aren’t they if the members play on it all the time then what is the problem? It’s a true links course I would love to be able to play it one day. They should stop crying and just say they didn’t play very well.

  16. Randal

    June 23, 2015 at 10:53 am

    A course of this caliber is set up to bring the best golfer out .. It doesn’t favor the long hitter lol and you do have to hit your shot ! So if your not firing on all 4 cylinders your going too miss .. I hope the USGA brings many more courses in to test the pro golfer ” hats off to Jordan as I have a lot more respect for him

  17. Dean In La Quinta

    June 23, 2015 at 10:54 am

    For several years I have wished I could go and play Chambers Bay.
    After getting a good look at it for four days during the US open, I no longer have any interest in playing it.
    Although a grueling test for the pros, I feel the course has too many shortcomings to stay in the U.S. Open rotation.

  18. GaetGodi

    June 23, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Welcome to the courses that a lot of us play.

  19. Nick

    June 23, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Look at the quality of that leaderboard after 72 holes and how they performed in relation to par. Surely the USGA people are delighted with that outcome.

  20. Bazza

    June 23, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Though it’s great to see the best challenged like the rest of us, I have no problem with the harsh fairway conditions, but the greens should roll true, without bumps and bruises as seen at Chambers Bay. Putting is based on feel and greens like they were at Chambers Bay were anything but true.

  21. Rick

    June 23, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I have played the course 3 times and while it is different and definitely difficult, I will play it again as time and finances allow. My scores have been within 3 strokes or less of my usual scores. Granted, I was not playing the same tees and conditions but you you have to play the course as it is and adjust your game accordingly. Seems like a lot of whining from the pros, to me.

  22. PGRT

    June 23, 2015 at 10:56 am

    looked like a wasteland from a MAD MAX movie

  23. Dee

    June 23, 2015 at 10:57 am

    It was painful to watch and confusing. 1 Tree!!! in a land of endless trees. Surely the NW has a better course somewhere.

  24. Cash

    June 23, 2015 at 10:58 am

    everyone played the same golf course, right? I thought it was a good test, and the top of the leader board seemed to have nothing but great players playing great.

    It takes mental toughness to win this tournament. Seems like those who focused on playing the course rathr than whining about it did fine.

  25. Ron R

    June 23, 2015 at 10:58 am

    It’s fun to watch the pros deal with extremely tough conditions.
    However, it didn’t look like a course that would be enjoyable to play. I’d pass, if given a chance to play, and find something a little less frustrating.

  26. Steve Saviano

    June 23, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Fortunately the twists, turns and drama of Sunday’s back nine, were able to overcome the changing par on 1 & 18, a course setup that penalized good shots and rewarded several poor ones, the terrible condition of putting surfaces, and worst of all, Fox’s inept, amateurish,and mistake laden broadcast attempt. The USGA should apologize to the players for the course, and then grovel back, hat in hand, to NBC, and apologize for the disservice of taking the broadcast away from them. I never thought I’d miss Hicks and Miller etc, but…..

  27. Steve F

    June 23, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Would love to play it myself but was not a fan for a U.S. Open venue

  28. Joe S

    June 23, 2015 at 11:00 am

    It was a gravel pit & still is! Disgusting to look at for all the beautiful green forests of the Pacific North West. Sad.

  29. pete

    June 23, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I enjoyed the fact that different strategies were called for at this course. I liken it to the dh in baseball. Many feel that is a travesty because..” it takes the strategy out of baseball”…WRONG…it just changes it. To be a really great pro ….instead of a professional whiner….you need to be able to figure out how to putt on those greens. Oosterhuizen sure did!

  30. Larry M.

    June 23, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I think the pros are too spoiled. Maybe they will think about what 90% of the golfing public has to play on.

  31. Anonymous

    June 23, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Come on guys…..its GOLF……think the pioneers of the game would be complaining like this? I totally agree with Neil , Rae & Tom. Think people here (Pros and fans) get spoiled by the lushness of other courses. Go play a links course in the UK and youll see. Ive played in the UK and its a tougher game.

  32. Dave

    June 23, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Come on guys…..its GOLF……think the pioneers of the game would be complaining like this? I totally agree with Neil , Rae & Tom. Think people here (Pros and fans) get spoiled by the lushness of other courses. Go play a links course in the UK and youll see. Ive played in the UK and its a tougher game.

  33. Jerry Caldwell

    June 23, 2015 at 11:02 am

    If the USGA is going to come to this type course
    go to Bandon Dunes. 100% better. Also Jack Buck is
    one of the worst announcers for Golf, he is bad enough for football and other sports and just has a job because of his dad. Too bad Fox made a bad mistake in choosing announcers.

  34. Cpt631

    June 23, 2015 at 11:03 am

    The only thing missing from this course was a windmill and laughing clown. Ridiculous for a US Open event. The worse comment I’ve heard is they are actually considering a future return date – ugh.

  35. Ron McLaren

    June 23, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Given the resources available to the USGA it is a total mystery that they could not design, build and maintain a better set of 18 greens for such a prestigious event. As much drama as there was it was near impossible to follow the golf ball as they landed on or near the greens and then bounced off into the thick grass or bunkers. I believe the criticism would be significantly less with much, much improved green complexes.

    As a single digit handicapper, I have absolutely no desire to play this golf course. I am sure the greens would be much slower and much bumpier which would make the experience equally as bad.

    For one, I do not blame the pros for their comments and truly believe most ‘held their tongues’ admirably. If the USGA’s plan was to embarrass the players and give a poor impression of what a golf course should be, they indeed did a great job.

  36. Alan H.

    June 23, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Always refreshing to hear from the Bantam Rooster…..I mean the Black Knight. Very generous of him as a non participant and a guest in our country to voice such vitriolic comments.

  37. Gerry

    June 23, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Atrocious location. If USGA ever dares to go there again, it will need to get the railways to suspend train movements for the duration of the tournie. And it has got to get over its love affair with Scottish links layouts and conditions. The Royal and Ancient has that covered in spades.

  38. Jack

    June 23, 2015 at 11:05 am

    As is typical for the US Open they have the greens as hard as a pool table top and unfortunately the courses they play are not designed for the conditions they play them under. I like watching the BEST players in the world unfortunately when they play the US Open the USGA tries to embarrass them and tries to make luck a big part of the tournament. Thankfully it wasn’t windy or once again the US Open would be a joke. Congratulations USGA.

  39. Chuck

    June 23, 2015 at 11:05 am

    While the U.S. Open should not have scores of -20 or better (or any tournament), the course set-up did not always reward good shots. Fairways should reward a well-priced drive and roll off into disaster. Green conditions, well we all are in agreement that greens were not up to minimum standards for any course.

  40. Hank

    June 23, 2015 at 11:06 am

    It is not enjoyable watching what I would term circus golf. You should be rewarded for an excellent shot and when you see a shot that looks like it will be 10 ft from the pin and ends up 60 yards away due to an extreme ledge on the green and the alternative is you have to aim 30 yards away from the pin to let the slope bring if close, that is not golf; that is a circus.

  41. rahasto

    June 23, 2015 at 11:06 am

    unfortunately not every participant in the usopen can have tailored greens that meet their expectations. i think when everyone teed off on thursday they were all playing the same golf course. not every one who plays golf has the pleasure of playing golf at some of the finest golf courses in the world as do the pro’s. come on down and play the courses the normal players have to play on a regular basis.

  42. Dennis

    June 23, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I think that bringing the US open to a course like Chanbers bay and to the pacific north west was a great idea. However I think they failed in not taking more charge in making sure the greens were in better condition to host this championship. I will not bash them ( I attended 2013 open at Merion and was amazed at the job they did there ) for their choice of the venue. But they could have done more 2-4 years prior to make sure the greens were better. In all it was a very exciting open to watch. But those greens left quite a lot to be desired.

  43. Obyone

    June 23, 2015 at 11:06 am

    They’d have to pay me to play it.

  44. sarah hogge

    June 23, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I thought it was the ugliest course that, I have seen, I watched a few minutes, and turned it off. It wasn’t fair for the players. If ever they went back. I wouldn’t blame the players never to go back. It looked like a cow pasture , but worse.

  45. Tim Murphy

    June 23, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I liken this years U.S.Open to the game of football. You have the NFL and Arena Football. Take your pick and pay your money accordingly.

  46. Frosty

    June 23, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Chambers Bay was trying to become a Bandon Dunes. After playing it 3 times it is a “wannabe Bandon”!! It is too bad the PGA doesn’t head south to Bandon Oregon the next time they come to the Pacific NW. They would really see the best golf courses in the world! It was still fun to watch

  47. CharlieM

    June 23, 2015 at 11:08 am

    These greens were about the same quality as the ones from 50 years ago. We just forget that sometimes with the billiard table greens the pros play on week after week. Anytime you use POA on purpose it is a bad choice. I play on a course with a POA problem and making puts is largely luck.

  48. Tom F

    June 23, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Every player is entitled to whine and some exercised that right. However, three+ of the best players in the world surfaced to the top at several strokes under par. Although the TV coverage wasn’t up to Golf Channel standards, it was the most exciting finish I’ve ever seen. It’s not the course’s fault that some players couldn’t handle the course complexity and got mentally and physically whipped. Congratulations to a great ambassador for the game who knows how to act with humility and grace…Jordan Spieth.

  49. John Holden

    June 23, 2015 at 11:09 am

    You’ve got to have greens that roll true. What sense is there in making putts subject to the vagaries of fate?

  50. Richard

    June 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

    It was nothing but “gotcha golf”. A course design that set traps wherever possible. Many good shots penalize by an incoherent design. Kind of like goofy golf on an extravagant stage.

  51. Alan H.

    June 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Always good to hear from the Bantam Rooster…..I mean the “Black Knight”. I appreciated his “generous” spirit as a non participant and a guest in our country in posting such vitriolic comments.

  52. rizzo

    June 23, 2015 at 11:11 am

    These guy have turned into giant cry BABIES.Everyone plays the same course and as far as if a hole is a par 4, 5 or 3 who cares! THE LOWEST SCORE WINS be under par or over par,THE LOWEST SCORE WINS!!!! A really great golfer Seve Ballesteros would have told the cry babies to get on with it and quit crying. It’s too bad there is no one who had the guts to say that this week. The game misses and needs a great Competitor as Seve Ballesteros.

  53. Jim L

    June 23, 2015 at 11:11 am

    It took 4 rounds for the pros to learn the course. You can’t tell me that the course didn’t represent a challenge. I liked the fact that if you made a mistake you paid dearly.

  54. Randeez

    June 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I love the Scottish links courses, but they have grown naturally out of the landscape over hundreds of years, and the greens roll true. Chambers Bay is as phony as the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas and a taxpayer boondoggle. Something never smelled quite right about this youthful and untested course being awarded a U.S. Open.

  55. Shack

    June 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

    These greens were a disgrace. I saw putts hit some “mystery” defect on their way to the hole and jump 3 inches in the air. I saw putts get “bumped” off line by 5 or 10 degrees. That isn’t championship golf conditions.

  56. Dennis Trason

    June 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Most of the pros are spoiled brats. You don’t hear them complaining much about the links conditions of the British Open or tournaments played on the British Isles. They are used to the paradise-like conditions in the US and it was gratifying to watch them getting down on their knees and getting a lesson in humiliation. Hope they will get something out of this experience.

  57. Bin Golfing Whole Life

    June 23, 2015 at 11:13 am

    It is pretty sad that the USGA “powers that be” have deemed that the U.S.National Championship is all about seeing who can shot the lowest score on an under watered, baked out course. I have no problems with the actual layout. But…..when I see course greens that have to have little white dots painted to delineate green from fairway because nobody can tell where fairways end and greens start, it makes me wonder what the USGA is thinking! Everyone involved in the decision making re: course conditioning should be ashamed at letting such a prestigious tournament be lowered to the equivalent of playing on a Montana cow pasture! As a WSGA member, I found it embarrassing to watch as the course conditioning is not indicative of what we play on 90% of the time in the wonderful GREEN Pacific North West!

  58. Ron Cole

    June 23, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Oh yes, this is a golf course that I would only play just to see “HOW BAD I WOULD SHOOT EVEN IF I PLAYED MY BEST”.

  59. Mickey D

    June 23, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I was frustrated watching the mess on TV. I can imagine how the greatest golfers in the world felt being there.

  60. Jacj B

    June 23, 2015 at 11:15 am


  61. Mike

    June 23, 2015 at 11:15 am

    It’s good to see the pros on a public course where ‘perfect’ should not be expected.

  62. michael g

    June 23, 2015 at 11:16 am

    This is a terrible layout. too much reliance on “good bounces.” The greens were atrocious even for muni players. Too much “luck” involved both good and bad. USGA should be ashamed.

  63. Bob G

    June 23, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I have played Chambers Bay two times. Green number 7 and green number 13 have been redone, and are good. The other 16 greens should have also been redone. As a local I was pulling for a great U.S. Open. What a disappointment on many levels.

  64. Brian I

    June 23, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Chambers Bay is awesome. I’ve played it at least 8 times. No, the greens are the glass these pampered pros are used to playing on, it’s part of the experience. But neither are they anywhere near as bad as they are trying to make it out. If you haven’t played it, don’t be discouraged from trying it. It’s not a course I want to play every day, but it is so much fun trying different shots and picturing where the ball is going to go which is so different than golf on most other courses. Chances are you will love it. I do agree however, playing 18 as a par 4 is really dumb!

    And for Gary Player, what a dip doodle. Did he even play the course? For such a professional to go on such a rant not even being in the event is just so wrong on so many levels. Would have been better if he just kept his mouth shut.

  65. Bob H

    June 23, 2015 at 11:19 am

    While it’s true, “it’s the same course for every player”, tournaments are won and lost on the putting green. You can vary the course conditions, but the greens should be very good, at least consistant.
    And every hole should be the same par all week, not a 5 1 day and a 4 the next.
    The fans also deserved better; the new tees and all the hills kept the fans far away from the action. I had considered going, very glad I skipped this year.

  66. Steve James

    June 23, 2015 at 11:20 am

    The millionaire pros should quit complaining. All had to play the same course. Deal with it . Put you big girl pants on and quit complaining.

  67. Art A Layman

    June 23, 2015 at 11:21 am

    These are the most highly skilled golfers in the world. Yes, they are used to and usually do, play tough courses but in pristine condition. In the past the US Open had been subject to criticism over horrendous rough, right off the fairway, and numerous other complaints but how do you test the skills of the most highly skilled? In many respects Chambers Bay was akin to the golf courses many of us play regularly. As an avid fan of both playing and watching the pros play golf I find it hard to sympathize when all the pros played the same course under similar conditions – allowing that time of day played makes a difference, especially in the greens.

    My take on Dustin Johnson’s missed putts on the 72nd hole: Jason Day had a similar putt on a similar line and it did not break right at the hole yet Dustin putted along a similar line to Day’s. As we all know with breaking putts, speed is paramount and Dustin’s was downhill. At a slower pace he might have gotten the break or at best ended up with a shorter birdie putt coming back. On Dustin’s birdie putt; Spieth had numerous short or shorter putts and spent minutes before attempting them, missing quite a few anyway. As important as the birdie putt was Dustin should have spent more time assessing it, especially after just missing a winning putt.

    As for the complaints, Shakespeare said it best: “Much ado about nothing”.

  68. Pick

    June 23, 2015 at 11:21 am

    While golf course wasn’t the easiest on the eye, it did provide one of the best finishes in Open history. What disturbs me are the players comments. These guys are professionals and need to act accordingly. Other professional sports have venues that they dislike as well but they suck it up and deal with it. I personally like the choice of Chambers Bsy. For once ametuers were shown that even the Pros can be humbled at times. I hope the USGA continues to find venues that challenge the ability and creativity of the worlds top golfers. i think it’s great that they had to think outside the box this week. Congrats to Jordan on the win. Dustin, keep your head up, your time is coming.

  69. Anonymous

    June 23, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Do the so called Pros- even know what links course mean? They should try a little harder to show their true ability instead of complaining about the conditions are not upto their standards.

  70. Sixto

    June 23, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Well, speaking of the greens, which should be the focus of these comments since Chambers Bay has something of every famous links course from Prestwick to East Lothian courses to Carnoustie, I saw the winner make some simply jaw-dropping putts that appeared to roll as true as possible. A hard test, sure. But how can you say “tragic ” when the best players in the world, in the end, are on the leader board? This course was a very tough and interesting test of both physical and mental skill and agility. And guess what, the best player in the world and, the one with the best attitude, won it.

  71. Steve

    June 23, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Fox’s attempt at broadcasting a golf tournament was much worse than the course. Painful to watch. That was USGA’s biggest mistake.

  72. Moe

    June 23, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Stop the whining !! Try playing a muni like that every time out. These guys
    are so used to being spoiled and fawned over they can’t handle what the
    rest of the real world deals with.

  73. Steve

    June 23, 2015 at 11:26 am

    There was nothing wrong with the course set up. There really is no excuse for the condition of the greens. St. Andrews is not exactly easy when you have gale force winds blowing; I do not see the pros criticizing the course.

  74. Steve

    June 23, 2015 at 11:26 am

    All the greens were missing were clowns and a windmills!

  75. PMan

    June 23, 2015 at 11:27 am

    The touring pros are spoiled with the course conditions they usually play so it was a shock to them to have to play bumpy greens like most of us do. In my opinion, the USGA is too enamored with lightning fast conditions for the Open to the extent of making the course a joke- even if it is entertaining to watch a perfectly hit ball roll 50 yards from the left side of the fairway into a bunker on the right side.
    Bumpy greens that are set up that fast should not be acceptable. If they bring the Open back, they’ll need to redo the greens soon before to get rid of the Poa Annua or just let the Poa take over. It’s the mix of Poa and Fine Fescue that was the killer on the greens. I don’t know if it was the fault of the greens, but it was a shame to see Dustin lose by missing a 3 foot putt.

  76. Matthew

    June 23, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Couldn.t even watch it let alone wish to play it. A disgraceful set-up for a ‘Major’ tournament.

  77. John K

    June 23, 2015 at 11:28 am

    The pros should just suck it up and stop whining. Their comments are why the all exempt tour money rating system needs to go. Imagine, getting to tee it up to win almost 2 million dollars and complaining because you don’t get “PERFECT” conditions. I think they call it the “rub of the green”. These tournaments are not exhibitions where they get to show how good they are at golf. These tournaments about going out and winning, no matter what the conditions. I am amazed anyone was able to win under those conditions (a tongue-n-cheek comment. Next thing they will expect mother nature to guarantee them perfect weather conditions when ever they play.

  78. Hank

    June 23, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I don’t typically watch the British for a reason. Links style courses don’t translate well to television.

  79. Rodger

    June 23, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Best description I’ve heard yet was someone who said the greens were like rolling marbles in a bathtub.

  80. Matt

    June 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

    These guys are playing for their paychecks, not a Saturday 5-10 Nassau! Whining, not much about the layout, but a great deal about the greens, and deservedly so. BoUnCe, BoUncE goes the putt! Would you like to watch the NBA Finals on a court with warped and loose boards, the Super Bowl in a mud bog, the Stanley Cup on melted, slow ice? In baseball, they cover the field when it rains. Ask Tony Kubek what he thinks of a spotty infield? No, I think not, one would not enjoy the sport as much. With the world watching the US Open, the USGA did not give us their best. The putting was left to chance so the USGA could have their boasted fast greens. Enough of defending the USGA! Next year we get Oakmount, hold your breath when they putt…but, they will rooooolllll vs BoUnCe…

  81. Dave 72

    June 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Haven’t seen any attendance figures, but it looked like attendance was less than half compared to the 2014 Open, with 340,000 people. That would mean the USGA gave up 20 to 30 million in gate fees this year by moving to the Sand & Gravel Pit location.

  82. Ned M

    June 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Just awful! Awful greens; awful bunkers; awful sand; awful camera set up; awful access for those who attended and the to crown it all the USGA who touted their iPad App coverage to the nth degree . . . Terminated coverage with two holes left to play and ” recommended we tune in to Fox 30″ to watch the end! Why would we be watching it on an App on a 10″ iPad if we had access to a TV Mr. O ‘ Toole?

  83. ed

    June 23, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I appreciate that the USGA want a tough test for the world,s best golfers but they got this one wrong. The fact that some (a few) managed to handle the course well does not confirm the USGA choice of course – some of these golfers would find a way to score well in practically any conditions.

    My handicap has gone from 7 to 11. Having seen 4 days of golf on this course, I would’nt play it if it was the last course on earth.

    Sorry USGA – you got this one wrong.

  84. The Bear

    June 23, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Love links type courses and this was a good test,EXCEPT for the greens. I have played many courses in Enfland and Scotland and none of the greens were close to this bad. Very difficult to see the ball on TV when they were on the greens. By the way, after the first couple of hours of the FOX coverage, I went to DVD and watched with the TV on mute. Worst announcers I have ever heard from Greg saying he got more picks because he got the big bucks to on course coverage.

  85. Cullen

    June 23, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Only thing missing was a clowns mouth and a windmill on the greens. What a shame for the US Open.

  86. Hal

    June 23, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Pro golf, specially the “Grand Slam” four, need to be played on the best courses in the world. Conditions any less than perfect take away from fan enjoyment. Chambers Bay is not up to those standards. Greens built on a downslope penalizing a great shot is not fair. Being unable to tell green from fairway is not a golf course. USGA stuck out on this one.

  87. Tom M

    June 23, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Two comments:

    The pros make their living every day playing these courses, they have a right to comment on course conditions.

    In the spirit of American competition it’s time for an organization to establish a competing tournament to the U.S. Open, time to shake up the USGA executives who obviously think they are the only game in town. Robert Trent Jones, Jr. said the USGA was with him every step of the way when he oversaw design of the course and we saw how that turned out.

  88. Dennis Turi

    June 23, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Probably the only thing worse than the greens was the TV coverage by Fox Sports. Fox needs to stick to Nascar and leave the golf to the professionals.
    One two pros drive the ball down the center of the fairway, one stops in the middle and the other run into a waist high grass or a bunker, thats not golf. This course required more luck than it did skill.
    This is not a US Open gold course and this certainly wasn’t US Open quality golf.
    Can you imagine what a field play Gary McCord and David Ferrety would have had announcing at this venue.

  89. Tom H

    June 23, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Course looked terrible on TV. It looked like a scar on the land. You could tell this was Fox’s first attempt at Prime Time golf although I liked Jack Buck and Greg Norman together.

    Congratulations to Jordan. Yes he was fortunate but you make your own luck.

  90. Kent

    June 23, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I think my biggest complaint about returning, would be the fans there. I’m sure the NW has great golf fans, but it’s a shame that didn’t come across in the telecast. I’ve never heard such stupid on-course fan comments/reaction at any tournament. I liked the course, but the greens were ridiculous, along with #18 as a par four. Making 18 a par five on Sunday was best decision USGA made all week. With all that said, it was a riveting finish and produced a great champion!

  91. Dan

    June 23, 2015 at 11:42 am

    There are a lot more people who watch the tournament than who play in it. And as a spectator, I thought it was an incredibly interesting tournament. You never really knew what would happen next. Very exciting!

  92. JR

    June 23, 2015 at 11:43 am

    You don’t have to make greens look like they are from Mars to have a challenging putting surface !!

  93. Tom

    June 23, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I bet it was similar to conditions of 1800’s golf, before modern agronomy. They should have shortened it to 6500 yards and made them play with hickory shafts to make it completely authentic to the course conditions.

  94. Ridger

    June 23, 2015 at 11:44 am

    As bad as the course the announcers were worse. Fox did a terrible job

  95. Kenny skeie

    June 23, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I can’t believe the whinning. It’s sad, maybe the course should be like this every week. A chance to win 1.8 million over the weekend and you cry about it. Look at where you are in the world and think, Do you really have any reason to cry about the conditions?

  96. Ridger

    June 23, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Fox did A terrible job

  97. gbdoc

    June 23, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Mostly (but not only) because of the greens (mostly the condition of the greens, but also their construction and layout), the results were not just the result of more or less skill. Luck always plays a role in golf, but good and (more often) bad luck played too large a part here for the results to be considered a fair measure of relative abilities. This course is not ready for prime-time, the USGA was mistaken in choosing it, and it was a wasted week for all.

  98. Guest

    June 23, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Trust me, the course or the greens aren’t anywhere near as bad as how they looked on TV. I’ve played the course 10+ times. It’s fantastic!

  99. John C

    June 23, 2015 at 11:48 am

    The problem with the greens wasn’t the fescue but the poa mix. Those 2 new fescue greens putted fine. It was the rest of the greens that became very bumpy in the afternoon due to the poa growth. Same complaints have been made about Pebble. Personally I liked the drama of the event. Had a feeling it would come down to a key putt, and it came down to 2 misses by DJ (gotta feel bad for him). I had played the course in 2008 and had nothing good to say about the condition of the greens then, but still fully enjoyed the round. It is a unique and special design, and if they can tweak the greens a bit should get another US Open or minimally a PGA.

  100. Kenny skeie

    June 23, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Look around and see where you are in life. You have no reason to whine at all. You had a chance to make 1.8 ,illion for a weekend. Who cares if its a manicured course or a put put. Your life is sweet compared to most in the wrold

  101. Done with USGA

    June 23, 2015 at 11:49 am

    The course is a joke by penalizing good shots and rewarding mediocre shots, a lot of which cannot be realistically determined by the golfers. I’ve been a member of the USGA for over 25 years, but I won’t renew.

  102. TOM

    June 23, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I think it was a good test the best players contended and one of them won!!

  103. BillFred

    June 23, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Beautiful links course for the eyes. Lots of excitement but the greens need to be pure…. a good putt should be rewarded.

  104. Barb

    June 23, 2015 at 11:51 am

    As a spectator I found it very difficult. The course looked like it was in a desert and the greens looked like they were formerly a goat trail. We have always watched the major tournaments but had to walk away many times during the 4 days. Is this what the USGA wants? Someone should be made to pay dearly for selecting to play a major tournament on a mine quarry.

  105. dan

    June 23, 2015 at 11:52 am

    louie O shot a 29 so it wasn’t impossible but at times some of the misses made it look like a miniature golf course. There were too many commentators blathering on and on particularly Norman. It was definitely an exciting finish and even though Dustin missed out on another major he did get to go home with paulina and a check for$877,000, considerably better than most of our weekends.

  106. Sandy

    June 23, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Course interesting; camera-work not up to standards; announcing some of the worst. Fox should be banished by law from ever broadcasting a golf tournament! Have written it USGA voicing my displeasure. Suggest you who are disenchanted, do the same.

  107. Bill

    June 23, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Chambers Bay was very bad – hit a shot ten yards past the pin then watch the ball roll back 11 yards just below the pin and call that a good shot? – but Fox’s broadcast was worse. First, dump Joe Buck, he’s an idiot and his voice grates in my ears (he’s worse on baseball). Then concentrate on camera locations so we could follow shots. At times the telecast reminded me of the old days watching the Open on a feed from British TV.

  108. David J Parsonage

    June 23, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I have always looked forward to watching the US Open,not this time it was and is not a course befitting such a prestigious event. When a Competition with the best players in the world have to contend with such awful greens it becomes a lottery. (I kept looking for the windmill) I think someone in the USPGA should look within themselves and consider their position.
    Having said that congratulations to Jordan Speith for a wonderful performance.

  109. jomama

    June 23, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Biggest problem I had was trying to see where the ball was. Not enough contrast to follow the ball and thus made for a bad viewing experience (especially as they came down on the green). Maybe it was FOX trying to get there act together and not there yet! Went to the local pub, one of the days, and if you weren’t within 20 feet of the TV you couldn’t see anything. Most of the people in the pub just tuned it out as they couldn’t see where the hell the ball was. Maybe they needed to use a lens that would green up the course a bit or maybe they need to use orange balls, play from the 100 yard marker with there putters and call it miniture or Minion golf :)

  110. Tom G

    June 23, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Missing were the clown’s mouth and ant hill holes. I understand that balls holed on 18 went through an underground tube to the starter’s desk!

  111. double bogey 6

    June 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    How did CB even get the US open. The course is only 7 years old. If I was a tax payer and the city took $21,000,000 of my tax $ to build this, heads would roll. It costs you and me $299 to play it plus tax and a $100 caddie fee. Locals pay $209—what a deal for their tax dollar. Oh yeah—-no carts. These 70 year old legs will never visit.

  112. threeputtbogeyman

    June 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Stop with the Fox/Golf Channel announcers calling this setting “just spectacular”. Are you kidding me? Compared to the rest of the region – Chambers Bay looks like just what it is: an unrepentant strip mine/open pit mine! Where are all the trees that are on all the adjacent side properties???

  113. John C

    June 23, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks to the USGA for ruining the 2015 U.S. Open. The course was the worse looking course I had ever seen, and the choice of announcers, particularly Joe Buck! Let Jim Nance and Sir Nick or Jonny Miller do the commentary..

  114. Hoos1943

    June 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    In 2009 I played chambers bay on a windy, somewhat rainy day-it was difficult, but I shot about 3 over my handicap. In 2010 I walked and followed the world’s best amateurs play the course and never heard a complaint. The winner was Peter Uilein who never complained. I expect he would have been delighted to be playing the course on the big stage and again, wouldn’t have complained.

    Too many of the pros are prima donnas and whiners. Perhaps they should take up another occupation if they aren’t happy with the course. A real laugh was when Poulter deeply criticized the course and yet HAD NEVER SEEN IT! The pros should listen to what some have attributed to what Seve B might have said above

  115. Sal

    June 23, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I was looking for the windmill hole

  116. Dick

    June 23, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    It was good to see a course more like the armatures have to play. We do not get to play on manicured courses with bad spots marked ground under repair, no deep foot prints in sand traps, greens in perfect condition and “lots of fore caddies” to help you find the ball. Yet we must play by the same rules. Courses where pros are for the most part playing under par rounds on a normal basis are not a real show of a pros capabilities. They are just a course where the pro with the hottest streak going will win.

  117. Newts

    June 23, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    As a golf course Chambers Bay would make a great Gravel Pit!!

  118. Bruce

    June 23, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Well now that the Open is over (Let’s just leave the U.S. off the title), is over they can bring back the heavey equipment and continue with the strip minning operations. What a joke, that course looks and plays like something that Disney or Goofey Golf would have come up with. It hurt my eyes to even watch it. How in the world did the USGA decide to pick that horrible muni couse to play such a high profile event. Dose someone have revealing photo’s of USGA officials in compromising situitions or what?

  119. Bruce

    June 23, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I think it would have been more challenging and interesting to have the players play with “camo” balls, not have any spotters with little red flags to pinpoint the lost balls in the rough. If they did that then the “OPEN” will still be playing and this is Tuesday morning!!!!!! UGH what an ugly place to “try” and play golf!!!

  120. Fred

    June 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    They’ve been complaining about the US Open conditions as long as I can remember. Jordan said it best “Somebody’s gotta win” so just get on with it. Announcers commented on a US open Jack played where people complained and he ran into the commissioner during play and asked “What did you do with the grass?” very classy Jack is. Maybe they should shrink the green size drastically.

  121. Joe

    June 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    And they thought #17 at the Players was bad!

  122. Vic

    June 23, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    This year we have 3 Opens. The British at The Old Course, The British at Chambers Bay and The British at Whistling Straits. Thankfully we had the Masters at an American style course. No golfer should have to putt on such lousy greens, especially under the pressure of a major tournament.

  123. Snarky George

    June 23, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    when I saw Brent’s put bounce about 3 inches in the air as it rolled across the green I knew that things were really bad and I told my buddy that I would not play that place if it was 15.00 for 18 with a cart. I also thought that Fox did the worst job of the year. They should leave golf to the golf channel.

  124. Ed

    June 23, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    For a REAL CONTRAST check out this week’s U.S. Senior Open at Del Paso in Sacramento. Superb greens!

    Played Chambers Bay the second year it was open. Still remember having to pound Downhill putts to get them to the hole! Certainly poor conditions for the spectators.

  125. DPA in Georgia

    June 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I think we finally saw how the pros could really handle diversity, like everyday players do. They have been spoiled to big, easy greens. This was a real test of their true ability to play the game the way we have to. They still had huge greens. I play on courses like that with greens 1/4th the size of these.

  126. Big Al

    June 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    We were at Chambers Bay for the first two rounds. My main complaint was this course is not a good course for viewing the players. Unless you were in one of the few grandstands, you could not get close to any of the tee boxes, fairways or greens. A lot of this had to do with the sloping grounds that lined the fairways and greens. The sloping grounds were very slippery, and we saw lots of people slip and fall. We did notice there were a lot of flat surfaces on top of the mounds that lined the fairways and greens that would have provided great views of the fairways and greens. However, these flat surfaces were roped off so you could not access them.

  127. Johnny

    June 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Get over it you bunch of prima donnas. You all had to play the same course. See how the other half lives!

  128. Rex

    June 23, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I agree the greens could have been better, but I’m not amazed the pros cried about everything. These guys are pampered wherever they go. It’s hard to believe they couldn’t play better on a course most amateurs have to play, i.e. not perfect conditions. Maybe we should put domes on courses pros play so they won’t get cold, wet, or have to deal with wind. They all had to play the same course in the same conditions. Now we know who the real pros are.

  129. Vic

    June 23, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Three Opens this year: The British at The Old Course, The British at Chambers Bay and The British at Whistling Straits. Thnkfully we have The Master at Augusta National, a true American championship.

  130. Barry B

    June 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    It would be interesting to have someone actually “investigate” the selection process (The PGA?) I suspect that somewhere there’s a little FIFA-like scandal.

  131. Bird & Co.

    June 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Hey college boys……..adapt and overcome! Finally, something not handed to you on a silver platter……Cowboy-up dudes…..thought it was great to watch…..was just like the courses that we retired old farts play all week long…..wish I could play there sometime, but a long ride from the beaches of North Carolina……thanks for the show boys…..

  132. Terry E Canada

    June 23, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    My comment to the USGA is that it is a real shame that the US Open was not decided by who hit the best shots but rather who had the luckiest roll. Not to take anything away from Jordan’s talent but look at the melt downs as gravity took over the game of the year that should be discussing the great shots we had just watched instead of what a crapy golf course they used. The USGA seemed quite proud to announce how they had gone out of the box with this golf course but it’s too bad they were not the ones that had to play it.

  133. Jim S.

    June 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Interesting! I enjoyed watching the challenges that Chambers Bay presented. Even pros have the right to complain. I never liked the course I was playing when I played bad. It was fun to watch and a tremendous challenge for all.

  134. Lex

    June 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I live in Seattle and have played (and enjoyed) CB about a half dozen times. It is radically different from the superbly manicured club course I usually play. There are definitely some crazy bounces out there, but to me that’s part of golf – it’s called a “rub of the green”, folks.

    Regarding the complaints about bumpy greens: those greens are the most sculpted I have ever played, and very hard to read. I attended the Open one day, then watched on TV. 90% of the missed putts I saw rolled well – they were misreads or mishits, pure and simple. I bet the bumps helped as often as hurt.

    Doesn’t anyone recall the Open at Shinnecock Hills a few years back, when Mickelson couldn’t hold a green with a lob wedge? Now that’s tough greens! But I’m sure we all look forward to another Open on that great course.

    To me, the most valid complaint is that spectator viewing lines at CB were very restricted. I climbed up on a berm once and had a great view but got chased off. I think they should make the berms into cheap bleacher seating – lay some 2×12 boards (with leveling supports) that spectators can either climb or sit on.

  135. Ron w

    June 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Yes A. Tuff course,the pros did have a challenge BUT they ARE pros..HOWEVER at least they did not have to listen to the WORST group of announcers and ad nauseum color assistants that we have ever been forced to accept!!!! FOX JUST STICK WITH THE NEWS!!

  136. JD

    June 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Oh for the love of Christmas! This is our US Open, it’s supposed to be hard! Yes, many of the greens weren’t in great shape and they rolled badly, but everyone has to play the same course. The drama that unfolded on Sunday was amazing! I’ve never seen a tournament like this one where half a dozen players had a real chance to win right down to the wire…now that’s a great tournament. Adam Scott shot a 7 under and Louie U. shot a 6 under, yes, even with those supposed horrible greens!
    Just like many other comments posted, the pros were definitely whining in my view. They’ll fix the viewing stands for the spectators next time, and leave everything else alone. If 6 and 7 under can be gotten on Sunday, well, the other players will have to just figure it out for themselves and stop crying about it.

  137. Rick Alexander

    June 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    GOAT RANCH !!!

  138. Ron w

    June 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    The coverage was an exercise in amateurish announcing and color presentation

  139. Deck

    June 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Class course, ok greens could have been smoother but nobody complained about course layout, conditions of fairways, rough or bunkers. This course is a great test, which is what we all like to see the best players in the world compete on. -20 etc is boring! Much more exciting when the course has a chance to win!

  140. Rick Alexander

    June 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I didn’t think anything could be worse than Shinnecock Hills from a few years ago….but I was wrong.

  141. David A

    June 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    I played Chambers Bay in 2008. Although it was in rough condition then, I thought they had time to get it in shape. Drought does not help, but it did not look any better than when I played it.

  142. Dave H

    June 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I get why the best putters in the world want to have perfect greens to showcase their talent. That’s what they are used to – elegantly manicured playing surfaces week in week out – fairways, too.
    The problem I have is that perfection requires enormous inputs of water, nutrients, and manpower that will not be as available in the future. And the high cost of perfection is one of the main factors driving people from the game. I commend the USGA on showcasing a more sustainable approach to golf. Chambers Bay might not have perfect putting surfaces, but it is a lot closer to the dozens of links courses I have played in Great Britain and Ireland – courses that, as a rule, are less expensive to maintain and more delightful to play than manicured parkland courses typical of North America. Bravo, USGA. Thanks for looking forward.
    Now…. can we talk about a lower distance tournament ball?

  143. Craig

    June 23, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    It’s too bad so many of the amateurs responding seem to accept playing where the greens are poor. Within an hour of where I live I can play at least 10 courses, all with better greens than Chambers Bay, and all for under $30. If I played a course with greens like Chambers Bay I would never go back. Hope the USGA doesn’t.

  144. Paul

    June 23, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Come on Billy H. Florida Gators don’t cry. They saddle up and compete. That’s why its great to be a Florida Gator! Oh, by the way someone did step up and shoot -5 and win.

  145. Patrick D

    June 23, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I think the point that the USGA is missing is that their fans who watch it on TV and purchase goods from the advertisers were cheated out of their enjoyment they normally only get on the weekend watching with a bottle of beer. It was just awful to watch, if and when you could see the ball. The coverage by FOX was the worst I have ever seen, and I like Fox.

  146. Jef

    June 23, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    There were very few pluses. Winning one of the world’s premier tournaments should not be the result of an inordinately large number of lucky bounces. I’ll give Fox just an E for effort, but at least they tried, which is more than I can say for the USGA. Poor venue. Learn from your mistakes and don’t do it again.

  147. Andy

    June 23, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Everyone played the same course … stop your winning.

  148. JP

    June 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I’m Disappointed. Not with the course, the broadcasters, etc, but with the obnoxious negativity directed at the course, and here’s why:
    1. The PGA sanctioned this course (good or bad).

    2. The shortcomings were known well before the US Open, why didn’t the PGA fix them? There was plenty of time to do so. They obviously thought it was championship caliber.

    3. Even with the harsh conditions, players (check the leader board) did adapt to these “conditions” and finished under par.

    4. People are bashing the course based on TV coverage, and Negative Nellie players that didn’t do well for the most part. Poor coverage can make the best of courses look bad. Wrong filters, bad contrast, etc. (Not saying that was the case, but it is TV.).

    5. Gary Players. Mr Bandwagon had to kick it up a notch, and show his true nature. How can you make statements like he did when you haven’t played the course?

    6. This is a young course compared to those that are in normal rotation. Normal meaning totally picture perfect conditioned golf courses.

    7. Golf is a sport, and as a sport the best player of the day(s) should be the winner. Don’t hate on the playing field.

    8. All the players had ample time to walk the course, plan their strategy of attack, and to concentrate on what they needed to do to win. If they didn’t, that’s their fault. If they did and still didn’t play well, then they didn’t play well.

    9. All rounds of golf have good bounces, bad bounces, good luck, and bad luck. Take it for what it is. No one is perfect.

    10. The most disappointing thing of all is how these “roll models” of golf are being so childish and ungracious. How do you teach humility to your children and grandchildren when they see their idols badmouthing an inanimate object and making excuses for their play? Yes, they’re good, but there’s always someone better. Yes, there are bad courses, but there are worse ones.

    A true winner doesn’t make excuses for their shortcomings. They learn, try to improve, and accept the experience. They take responsibility for their play.

  149. Jose

    June 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I’ve been watching it closely round by round you can tell how bad the greens are when you’ve seen close putts missed.”indescribable greens condition”.

  150. Chris

    June 23, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    It was a great, the best showed what they have and the weaker showed what they have. I was at the Open for 3 day’s and loved it. Yes, there could be improvements with the greens and viewing for the spectators, but what was great was those who can adapt to change DID. When the Open comes back to Chambers Bay I will once again go and see great golf.

  151. Dave

    June 23, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I think the pros are pampered all year long on plush courses and greens. When it comes to a US Open they need to give their spot up to someone else or shut up and play golf. They are Pros right! Adapt to conditions It is suppose to be tough.

  152. Jose

    June 23, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Not just the greens..the coverage is soo lame…sorry to say…FOX should have known this…disgusting..

  153. Dave B.

    June 23, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Nice to watch the pros play on a course like the rest of us play every day and not groomed to perfection so every hit and putt is from perfect grass!

  154. Don Morse

    June 23, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    the only thing missing on the course was the clowns mouth, windmill and piles of cow manure!!
    disgraceful. wind and rain are one thing. making good puts only to see the horrible condition of the greens derail it are in-excusable.
    I won’t even get to the horrific job Fox did with the broadcast.

  155. Roland

    June 23, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Yes, the pros are spoiled by perfect conditions every week and I enjoy watching them struggle in the US Open every year. I feel a kinship to them as they battle (as I do) for pars. That said, the roller coaster effect on hole after hole, while entertaining to the casual fan, must have been frustrating as hell to golfers who never knew, in most cases, where their balls would stop rolling. If you were lucky enough to stop on a green, to hit a great putt and have to worry more about a 3-putt than a birdie on those horrible bumpy greens. Personally, you couldn’t pay me to play this course where each hole looks precisely the same as the last hole. It’s enough for me to watch true links courses in the British Open once a year. Let’s get back to high penal rough off fairways and greens with lightning fast greens. Oh, one more thing USGA. I like watching the ball flight which is almost impossible on these brown, fescue and sand-filled courses. Let’s consider the fan also. Way to go, Jordan. Your time will come, Dustin.

  156. Rafael Villegas M

    June 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    A good golf course always brings out the best of the players, The best players in the world were in the top 10 places. You probably could have better playing surfaces.

  157. ray m

    June 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    i have played this course several times and also tpc sawgrass, most of the greens roll true with the discoloration will camoflouge the underlations in the greens. this course is a physically and mentally demanding course it was nice to see the pros whine and complaining reminds me of the 20-25 handicappers i have to play with on occasion. i think they truly under estimated this course and chose to blame the course and the usga for thier poor performance and lack of preparation. the winning scores were under par and most over par. this course is a testament to the dificulty of a us open. it is a shame that a game of integrity and respect is taunted by spoiled pros who actually had to make the precise shots and earn thier money. i have lost a lot of respect for the pros who have complained. i will coninue to play with integrity with my son working through the difficulties without complaining.

  158. Edlrob

    June 23, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Not everyone that plays golf gets to play golf on perfect golf courses. Welcome to our world. The course was the same for everyone. I thought you said you were golfers. Sounds to me like your a bunch of spoiled crybabies. Grow Up

  159. Saigo-kun

    June 23, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I lose respect for the USGA for not protecting the game. 460cc drivers and plastic balls making drives go way too far – is there such a thing as a par 5 anymore?
    Imagine if the MLB allowed technology in the bats and balls – what kind of stadium modifications would we need?
    The USGA totally fails at its job, and has a tagline “For the Good of the Game” – which is complete BS. It should read “For the Good of the Shareholders of the Manufacturers”.

  160. Rich

    June 23, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    This was “goofy golf”, or maybe “billiard golf”. Greens were terrible. Surprised a major like this would be held here. The course was also not fan friendly – stuck in a bleacher (if you could even get a seat) and could really not see much. Best seat to watch this tournament was at home.

  161. BS

    June 23, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Where were the Windmill and Clown? The rewards for both good and bad shots were basically identical…. There was no consistency on the greens,and drives to the middle of the fairway ended up in trouble. No excuse for scheduling a major at this site this early in their summer season. A miserable TV watching experience.

  162. dondh

    June 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    The only thing I can say about the course, it was the same for everybody! Its true, I don’t think it was a fair course, but again it was the same for everybody! There were so many badly designed holes and fairways, that often times a ball could roll backwards sometimes easily almost half way back to where the player struck his ball! And I don’t have as much a problem on the greens because the players have to figure out the roll of the ball against an up-slope or down-slope. But again, it all those ups and downs were the same for all players. As for the USGA, I believe they should not have chosen this course for such a prestigious tournament! I realize it was important to play in the State of Washington since it had never been played there, but I would think there would be a more fair course in that State somewhere! Oh well, what do I know, except to say again, THE COURSE WAS THE SAME FOR ALL THE PLAYERS FROM START TO FINISH! So they should have gone there and played it without criticism until after and then voiced their opinions to the USGA to not play there again!!

  163. Scott

    June 23, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    From tee to green required talent and on the greens, pure luck !!!. If that course hopes to exist on green fee players or a membership – Good Luck !!. I grew up in Ireland playing links courses and that abomination is not a links course.

  164. Mike P.

    June 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I found the U.S. Open the most entertaining tournament I’ve watched in years. The Pro’s are certainly entitled to be forthright with their comments however many of them came off as spoiled, coddled individuals with a sense of entitlement. They also have complained about past opens albeit about the rough, bunkers or whatever. As far as the course is concerned, welcome to the new reality of golf. Irrigation for the average (and above average) course has and will continue to be a problem. In addition the cost of maintaining golf courses with shrinking revenues will mean that the “emerald green” appearances will be far and few between over the next while. As a recently retired golf club manager of over 30-years I found it refreshing to see less than perfect conditions this past weekend and for that matter last year’s U.S. Open. To often club managers would have members in their ear demanding their golf course be just like the one they saw on TV (“but don’t raise our fees”).The comments from the touring pros is shameful and disrespectful to the millions of golfers that play our game in average conditions. We need to grow this wonderful game and by creating an unrealistic expectation about course conditioning in these challenging economic times will not help us achieve that goal. Touring Pros should lead by example, quite their whining and respect that things will not always be perfect.

  165. Patrick Butler

    June 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    The course layout and setup was fine. However, the condition of the greens turned putting into a crap shoot. I was totally sick of the “It’s fair because everyone is playing the same golf course” line. I guess it was fair, but it certainly, as Billy Horschel said, rewarded players of mediocre putting ability because the greens made great putters mediocre.

  166. Draymond G

    June 23, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    i got vertigo trying to track the ball all over the green. I would not pony up the money to play there (>$200) and I live in the pacific NW. …and Bring back Johnny miller

  167. Peter

    June 23, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Let’s dig up some of the grass at Wimbledon and cut a few holes in the ice at the Stanley Cup playoffs !!! Let’s destroy all world class sporting fields so that the pros know what it is like for Joe Public!!! Are you kidding me!!! NO ONE wants to see this. I want to watch the world s best compete on the best courses. Oh how I have watched and longed to play on some of these courses just like the pros – WOW to play Pebble Beach!!!! After last weekend I have no desire to even look at Chambers Bay on TV let alone wishing that one day I could play it. This was not a level playing field, At times some of the guys got either lucky or unlucky on the greens – how many of the pros do you think went home after this tournament and said ‘ my putting technique let me down and I must practice and improve – now, if I can just find some broccoli or cauliflower…..’ Honestly, if there was another public course within similar traveling distance with fair greens, how often would you play Chambers Bay??

  168. Larry W

    June 23, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Personally I liked the course but do agree the greens were deplorable. Having been witness to 2 Opens at St. Andrews you get used to the grousing about burned out fairways and unfair lies and rolls into pot bunkers, players flailing away to get out and up and down. But it has excellent greens and is therefore accepted as the norm in Europe. The USGA should mandate decent greens at Chambers Bay and come back again. More spectator access should be developed to provide some ambiance on many of the interior holes. The Pacific Northwest deserves a place in the rotation and Chambers Bay could be modified to be more Pro and spectator friendly. As for Fox, give them a break, it was their first go at a major and in my opinion they got better as the week went on. A pleasant change from the constant patter from Miller and Faldo.

  169. Joe

    June 23, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    A pro golf tournament TV event should make the viewer want to play the course, or at least visit it. This telecast was a complete waste. I have no desire to visit the course or ever play it. It was a complete turn off. If that had been my first experience watching the game, I would never take it up.

  170. Pikes

    June 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I kept expecting to see windmills, clowns and waterfalls……. on the greens

  171. Dasche

    June 23, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    The USGA has used the open to cultivate a generation of people who would never play golf.

  172. JP

    June 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Great post Ray M, especially the integrity that you’re teaching your son. Well Done.

  173. Big Dog

    June 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Now the pros know what it is like playing on public course greens. It’s refreshing to see the best players in the world complain about less than perfect conditions. Come play my course some time and really enjoy what we endure all year long.

    Seems like Chambers Bay did not affect the 21 year old phenom, Jordan Spieth. Congratulations, Jordan.

  174. Jon

    June 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I was watching on an 80 inch TV and had trouble following the ball on the fairway. The biggest wrong doing to me, however, was how poorly the tournament was set up for the spectators to follow their favorite golfers. Maybe hire sherpa’s next time to guide the fans around.

  175. Big Bob

    June 23, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    It’s about time these PRO golfers get a real challenge. I actually liked to see the players struggling. No one, and I mean no one, could guess the outcome.
    Same course for everyone, same greens, same fairways. The FedEx should be played there. That would be a challenge.

  176. Ian

    June 23, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    The bumpy surfaces and undulations of the greens were ridiculous, and most putts made were due to luck not skill. There were numerous times when the best golfers in the world had to hit their second putts from over 20 feet. The elevation changes from tee to green and green to tee were more than extreme. Although Jordan is great, he won this one with more luck than skill. It was difficult if not impossible to see the golf ball on TV due to the colour of the greens and fairways. Also all the TV announcers (and particularly Greg Norman) were continually supporting the USGA for choosing Chambers Bay, instead of supporting the pros who made negative comments about the course.

  177. Quincyman

    June 23, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I lose my respect for cry baby golfers, who lose… than blame the course rather than their own IN-Ability to score well. If the course were that bad how did Jordan finish with a -5 to win?
    Boo Hoo and shame on you Horschel.

  178. J.C.

    June 23, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    C’mon……for that pile of money I would play……quit the crying,people

  179. Russ

    June 23, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I can’t believe this course was rated so high from golf magazine or golf digest, I would not drive 10 miles to play, not to mention coming from the Midwest, and to think they want $225 to play. Sad

  180. Chris

    June 23, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    It’s amazing that the best golfers in the world who are paid very well cry when they have to play on a tough course that may not be groomed to their perfect specs so welcome to the world of the weekend golfers who don’t get to play a perfect course. Quit your crying and man up to the challenge. Every golfer played the same course so it’s not like anyone had an unfair advantage. I myself as an athlete who just likes a challenge and competition would love to try a course that’s a little different and was hard. It is the U.S. open and it’s not supposed to be easy.

  181. Alla

    June 23, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    What a bad course, I have plaid better courses in my area of NH and I could not tell where the greens and the fairways separated, Just a mess of a course.

  182. Shirley

    June 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I have been playing golf for 61 years and am still playing in my eighties. I have had the privileged of playing many golf courses in the U.S. I have belong to 4 great courses over my lifetime. I started playing on a course that was 9 holes which had similar fairways and we jokingly called it a cow pastern which ran next door, but great greens. This was not a true test of golf although I think Jordan Speith would of won anywhere, for he is an amazing player and fun to watch, but to watch this was painful and very distracting on the eyes. Glad I wasn’t out there at that price trying to watch. For all the ones saying the pro’s should stop complaining they should remember that not all of these guys have made millions.Also bring back NBC. Get rid of Buck. (terrible) don’t know squat about golf and less about baseball.

  183. Paul from albany

    June 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    The course wasn’t really the problem. It was the USGA’s set up of the course. Again, the USGA is obsessed with par. Knowing this, the only way to keep a score around par is to either make the course 8000 yards long or to trick up the greens and fairways. The USGA stopped watering the greens, causing them to die. If the USGA would not have set up the course so severely, the course would have been fairer and the pros and the public would be much less critical. I think Billy Horschel’s comments were right on point.
    To those who said that they have played the course before and will play it again, I think you miss the point of what the pros were saying. First of all, this course was set up far differently than the way it is set up for the public. Your score on this open set up would be at least 10 to 12 strokes higher than a normal set up ( playing the same tees of course). When the public plays the course, green speeds are more reasonable and the fairways aren’t cut so short either. Ball that hit one yard from the flagstick, like Rory’s tee shot on the par three 14th, should not end up off the green in a place where par is an impossibility. Too bad USGA. You could have made Chambers Bay the Bethpage Balck of the West Coast. Fire Mike Davis.
    I have come to appreciate the way the PGA of America sets up the course for the PGA. Again, why the obsession with par. These players are the best in the world. They should be under par!

  184. ABB

    June 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Sepp Blatter choose the course on a back hander!

  185. tom

    June 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    greens were from tom morris time. then the usga changes the course on the last round to make I easier but not fair to everyone. the changes took clubs out of some players hands and put easier clubs in others. if you wanted change water the greens so everyone had the same change. shame on the pga. but they got their new golden boy that they did it for.

  186. soupman

    June 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I have to say to some of the fellows who commented here that the muny courses they play on are similar. Who in their right mind would want to play on a course that even resembles this one? This course is nothing more than who is luckiest for 4 days.When you hit a tee shot down the middle of any fairway and end up in some sort of brush, weeds or other deplorable conditions there is no skill. You can have a tough course like Oakmont and others that reward great shots and hurt bad shots, this eyesore isn’t one of them. Initially, when i turned the Open on to watch the players compete I was shocked to see the course looked like an area where pilots used to practice bombing runs and strafing ! Links courses are fine but the ones in England and Scotland usually have wide landing areas and greens that roll fairly true. This one, ugh! One of the locals(supposedly) who has played here a couple of times, he says, only shot 3 over his handicap. I would guarantee he had to play from short tees and on better greens than the pro’s played on.Who in their right mind would pay $200+ dollars to play on a course like this? It was a good thing their was a lot of shots shown on tv that had the tracer following it because you couldn’t tell where it went.
    My bud’s and I play a three putt game and on a course like this no amateur has a chance. If you have a hole or two on the front or the back, okay, but to have a whole course full of pathetic, trick and luck greens, for a major tournament is irresponsible at best.
    The people who whine have played other venues that are tough and demanding that require skill and imagination, not blind luck. Face it, you other hackers who claim a low handicap, wouldn’t play for real cash here.If it would have rained for 2 days maybe the course would actually been playable to some degree. Take the 18th hole for example, Jordans ball went to the back of the green then rolled down below the flag. Dustins ball rolled to the back of the green then stopped above the hole. They call it the rub of the green but is it really? No it’s just dumb luck period. America’s prestigious tournament based on “dumb luck” ! Says a lot about the USGA leaders we have in power today. In 20 years if they go back to THAT bomb pit I hope they have better greens at the very least.Stray shots should be penalized not good ones. Sorry I ranted so long but this course required it. Don’t worry, the windmills will be added this week for the local players. Real golfers will avoid this place like a plague as that’s what the place looks like.

  187. Dave S.

    June 23, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Continuing arrogance of the USGA- their interpreting how to protect, grow, and make golf better is quite simple— ” money grab by signing up Fox, is 100 billion for us to thumb are noses at everyone”, ” designing a terrible golf course for the players, the on-site patrons, and the television viewers is testament to our over-arching powers in US golf”, and finally ” daring to criticize any of us will get surely get you a Winged Foot from hell open in 2016″!!!!! Someone tried to revamp the power mad USGA in 2014 and Tom O’Toole and Mike Davis ran him out of town on a rail. We need a competing group to try to really improve golf in this country or the game will continue to become more elitist under the stewardship of these current idiots.

  188. Captray

    June 23, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Jerry Caldwell, Jack Buck is dead. This is his Son Joe.
    What didn’t you like about his broadcast?

    Watched a ball rolling towards the hole. A few inches from the cup it almost turned 90 degrees as it hit some tough fescue. C’mon, that’s not golf. A ball shouldn’t make 90 degree turns near the cup.

  189. Sonny T

    June 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Now the pros know how Joe Average feels when he plays a tough “regular” course. Maybe they should remember that no amount of preparation beats dumb luck. This should help prepare them for the Open.

  190. Vinogolfo

    June 23, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I can appreciate that the U.S.G.A. does not want a major tournament with scores coming in at 20 under or more. That being said, I think the P.G.A. “Went Over The Top” with Chambers Bay. Not only did the players find it very difficult to play, but the viewing audience found it equally difficult to follow. I was suffering from severe “Eye Fatigue” just trying to see the ball on TV, I can only imagine watching the tournament live from a neighboring Mountain Top. I would have no desire to ever play this course

  191. Gates Whiteley

    June 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    The course has been properly criticized and moving along I would like to address two other issues: 1)Robert Trent Jones Jr. is a very thin skinned, arrogant fellow in my view. He cannot handle any objective criticism of his design, which is highly deserved. In fact, he knew of the just and accurate criticism years before the Open was scheduled there. He chose to ignore the criticism of the average player and he is justly skewered for that. 2) The criticism of the pros was mild in comparison to that of others who had played there before. And to picture the pros as a spoilt bunch of prima donnas whining is unjust, inaccurate and widely off the mark. It must be asked, who is better able to judge a course and its playability other than a pro who plays on hundreds of courses? You may as well deny the witness stand to any expert witness on grounds that he is an expert and thereby biased due to his accumulated knowledge.

    Finally, it is nothing positive to say about the course that only a minority of the players made critical comments for the simple reason that only a minority were questioned, or interviewed. I have yet to hear one totally positive statement regarding the course conditions.

    As a viewer, it was disgusting sight to see our Open held in such a venue. The golf course has NO redeeming virtues.

  192. Clark

    June 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Seriously? These guys get paid to play golf! They don’t get my respect when they gripe about it. Shut up and pick up your pay check from the USGA who you shamefully criticized. Now move on to the next tournament.

  193. Steve

    June 23, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    It was a great tournament. But that doesn’t change the fact that the course and conditions were a disaster. The conditions were at least partly the fault of the USGA. But the bigger story – and there will be many books written on this – is the course itself. The books will explain how a course poorly conceived by an egotistical politician was further harmed by an egotistical architect. Depending on how long Mike Davis lasts there may be another Open at Chambers Bay – I’m betting there will not.

  194. Anonymous

    June 23, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Haven’t heard this term since I caddied 60 years ago – Cow Pasteur Pool.
    ‘Tom D

  195. golfer299

    June 23, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    historically bad course that will inspire investigative journalism. I’m waiting the the books to start appearing within a month.

  196. pete

    June 23, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    course not worthy of a Major championship,for players or spectators.The ball not running true to line on greens made it a farce.

  197. Bmoore

    June 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I’ve read all the comments on this site and it seems that there are a few people out there that thing golf should be artifically challenging, as though just hitting a little ball 200-300 yards and make it land whee you want it to isn’t hard enought. I think the USGA and CB should have built little trap doors in the greens and fairways that would inadverently open up (controlled by someone in the announcers stand) and swallow some of the players balls, the assess them penalties for lost balls, slow play etc. etc. I like the comment one person made earlier: How would you like to see the NBA finals played in gym like the Hoosiers with loose boards and seating for 125 and or watch the World Series in a little league park that hasn’t had any upkeep for 10 years. I absolutely believe that the Pro’s have every right to complaing rather than cow down to the USGA for making them play a world wide event in a gravel pit. Shame on you USGA, please cancel my membership.

  198. Glenn

    June 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I played the course and thought it was great and very fair. They dried it out for the U.S. Open, but don’t let it keep you away. When not it 7,500 yards for an open it’s a great course. I don’t think the USGA will go back, but that’s okay.

  199. Mary

    June 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Even though it was a beautiful setting, it was difficult to watch on TV. I felt some eye strain trying to follow the ball on the fairways and especially the greens. For the Pros – I kinda feel sorry for them. The U. S. Open is a tough tournament, but It looked like they were not having any fun at all. A total grind from start to finish. Fox’s coverage was awful (except for Greg Norman); quite boring. I think the USGA should stick to commentators and networks who know how to cover a golf tournament,
    Congrats to Jordan! To Dustin – keep trying, you can do it. To Jason Day – truly amazing determination!

  200. Priembr

    June 23, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Great post Ray M.
    Some truths here: 1) Chambers Bay greens were not, what?, ” Pristine”. Does US Open demand that? Not really sure, but some of the guys seemed to have read them well enough; 2) whiners with full access to social media can sure look like babies. I dont mind guys making comments to themselves, but for someone (Ian P) to take a picture of the green with your smartphone and put it out there for the world . . . that is No Class. He is off my list as people to watch no matter how cute his pants are..
    3) was it a compelling watch? Yes it was. Sorry to all the viewers who couldn’t see the ball all the time. I played there 2x and couldn’t see the ball all the time either – cuz it was in a bunker.

  201. dobber

    June 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    just a giant put put course without windmills & clowns the worse course and coverage I have seen in over 50 years I have practiced on hay fields in texas that were better than course

  202. Ginger

    June 23, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    It was a fabulous, exciting tourney to watch on TV! I rarely watch golf on TV; it’s so boring, but with this course you never knew where the ball was going to land or roll. FOX, not my favorite channel, did a great job covering the course and giving TV viewers different angles and access to player comments, etc. This was really great and not the usual snooze fest that golf tournament on TV are. Players were like big babies with their complaints. Who wouldn’t want to play on cushy greens, but this was a challenge and the winner EARNED his trophy. Very unsportmanslike of Johnson to leave. People love to complain about anything different. This was great and challenging. It was golf! Now the whiny babies get to see what it’s like for most of us weekend duffers. You know what they say about why it’s called Golf — because the other appropriate 4-letter word was taken. LOL

  203. Matt O

    June 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Bad course for TV, one bad design. Someone was smoking weird stuff when they designed this course….

  204. Cregs

    June 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    It seems pretty clear that withholding water from fescue greens especially with poa Anna mixed in doesn’t make a smooth putting surface.The USGA had 7-8 years to experiment with this and come to a more satisfactory conclusion.Having the USOpen on a course as poorly conditioned as Chambers Bay would be like the President of the U.S. hosting a state dinner and serving Taco Bell.

  205. Mike O

    June 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I remember back many years ago when I complained about how impossible it was to putt on some tough greens and was told that the guys who shot 5 and 6 under par seemed to putt them well enough and that my round of 80 was probably more than just bad putting. These pampered cry babies need to put their big boy pants on and roll with the punch. They can wipe away their tears and go play a lush parkland course in pristine condition next week and cash their million dollar checks. This championship has always been set up to test ALL the skills of the world’s best golfers. I for one am thrilled to see tournaments won and lost not because someone made more birdies than everyone else, but because they kept it out of trouble and were able to rebound from a double bogey and press on. Jordan Spieth showed the world a maturity that many on the tour should strive to emulate. He will face a similar test of golf when he goes to the Old Course, which is one of the ugliest golf courses that you can play, but was one of my most cherished rounds of golf ever. All the whinny boys who complained about Chambers Bay will face the same thing at St Andrews, but would not dare to utter an unkind word about it. Get with it boys, get your game in shape and play on.

  206. DC

    June 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Interesting course in a beautiful setting. I think the condition of the greens and the fact that good shots
    are often just not rewarded but penalized is too extreme and not a true test for a major. Way to unorthodox.

  207. Martin

    June 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    The course looked and played like a municipal garbage dump

  208. John from UK

    June 23, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    As someone who has played links golf for over 30 years, is a member of, and plays a ‘proper ‘ links course which hosts the British Open I am mystified by these comments implying that Chambers Bay is a proper Links course! It is a tricked up course resembling some features of a links but the greens were a joke. and massively exaggerated undulations are not a feature of a proper links. Bad bounces of course , undulations likewise, but Not to the extent evident at CB. A made up course to perpetuate the myth that the US Open is the hardest major! and why oh why the greens were as they were no idea ..supposed to be continuation of the fairway…..and even then the fairways looked in better condition, ………maybe 100 years ago but now pristine greens and well kept fairways are the order of the day.,…..well done to the pros for coping and playing fantastic golf and yes Cream came to the top , but as a spectacle of golf and the best golf has to,offer? No thankyou ….a joke course with happily a deserved winner.

  209. Greg

    June 23, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Cancel my USGA membership! Oh, wait, I cancelled that years ago; they’re ignorant clowns masquerading as the owners of the game and they are alienating the average player. Say what you want about Chambers Bay but the putting surfaces at a U.S. Open should roll true and, there’s a good chance that if they did, Jordan may not have won.

    Maybe it’s time to establish a new Golf Association in this country to manage the game and its tournaments.

  210. Anonymous

    June 23, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    The golf course seemed to lack in many respects however the tv coverage of it was amateurish at best. Before Fox does another major it needs to get a team with the equipment to cover the events. Childish and boring!

  211. Gary

    June 23, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Maybe they should have tried sand greens. Couldn’t have been any worse.

    The Jones courses are notorious for being expensive to build, expensive to maintain, expensive to play, and impossible to score on without some really dizzy luck. For comparison, I have a pool table that’s two inches higher on one end with a bed like a cheap hotel mattress, which I’ll sell for $1; it comes with a free cue ball shaped like a football and a wiggly-waggly triangle. Its nickname is “Jones”.

  212. Peter

    June 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I played this course in Sept.,2014. At the time I thought it would need a ton of work to host an “Open”. I was right. The course is eminently fair, tee to green. There is the rub: a year ago, the greens were inconsistent which is as distracting as bumpy and stumped at around 8-10. They will not hold anything lower than a nine-iron.
    The National Championship deserves a venue where the “great equalizer-putting” puts every player in the hunt.

    Ben Hogan noted that golf is really the marriage of two skills- ball striking and putting. Great tournaments have long recognized the need to expose both facets of a players game before crowning a champion. This venue accidentally crowned a great putter but could have been so much better if it had allowed other great putters into the hunt. I think of the Masters and the number of great putters who were also great ball strikers who wear green jackets. I cannot recall too many great ball strikers who were average putters wearing green jackets. This venue turned half of the game into a game of chance.

  213. Rich J.

    June 23, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    They needed to practice on a putt-putt course to prepare for those greens! Only things missing were the windmill and a clowns mouth!

  214. Fred

    June 23, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I love the course. Next rotation change the greens to bent grass, work on spectator access, soften a few of the worst slopes on the greens. Don’t change anything else. Golf is a game played outdoors on natural surfaces. I’d guess that in four days of golf, the good bounces and bad bounces even out. Most of us play golf on public golf course greens that are worse than Chambers Bay – and smile while we do it. Looking at the final leaderboard validates the tournament. PGA tour players are in the entertainment business. Whining is not entertaining.

  215. Ian UK

    June 23, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    It was a good exciting tournament won by a really well spoken and thoroughly nice guy.He’s a credit to the game and to your Country…arent we going to be watching some great games between him, Rory,Jason Day etc for the next few years.Keep bringing on a variety of challenging courses to stretch these guys.They’ll amaze us by how they mas err them.

  216. Tony G

    June 23, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I was at the Open everyday and also watched on TV. I’ve played the course dozens of times. I’ve played all the Bandon courses, I’ve played many of the links courses in Ireland, and I have to say I love this course. It’s a lot of fun to play and it’s different. Sure it’s not a true links course but I don’t think it was meant to be. I think part of the problem was the weather. We had unseasonably warm weather leading up to and during the tournament. Usually in mid June, the course would still be green with only the rough brown. I think the weather effected both fairways and greens, but especially the greens. In the end, everybody has to play the same course and looking at the leaderboard, the cream (for the most part) rose to the top!

  217. jim

    June 23, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    hit 4 feet from the pin and wind up 60 yards off the green…..say wa

  218. Zam

    June 23, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Just another poorly conditioned muni. Our national championship deserves better. Whose absolutely stupid idea was this? Is there some kind of a payoff under the table? That’s the only reason I can fathom for Chambers Bay getting to stage a U.S. Open.

  219. Paul m. Strohm

    June 23, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I live in an old house and re painting it is a bumber. I would prefer new construction where you don’t have to sand, prime and paint and worry about the cleanup. Oops I am a multimillionaire and I deserve new construction and others to do the work for me. The PGA should be ashamed of their players.

  220. Denny C

    June 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I watched start to finish and I think that, for the most part, the course really challenged all of the players equally. The ones who could “adapt and overcome”, as we say in the Marine Corps, showed that they were truly the better golfers. I realize that professional golfers are accustomed to pristine greens when the play in a tournament, but it is refreshing to see them try to cope with what the everyday hacker has to contend with every time we go out on a public course and still be able to finish the round. I, for one, have put Chambers Bay on my “bucket list” to play before I sign my final scorecard, just to see how well an old duffer like me would handle it. Finally, Congratulations to Jordan on a job well done. Hope that you can come out on top at St. Andrew’s as well.

  221. Rich K

    June 23, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Besides all the negatives about the course,it was one of the worst golf broadcasts I have ever seen ! Announcers were terrible,camera men worse.

  222. Ian Partridge

    June 23, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Great use of waste land. Some cleverly designed holes.Amazing finish. My only problem was the loud boorish crowd. Do we really need these lager louts (not)watching our wonderful sport?

  223. Scotland4ever

    June 23, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    The guys who are whining need to put on their big boy pants and get over it – couple of practice rounds and four rounds in competition and they can’t figure out where to land the ball? Give me a break….after all the winner was 5 under par and it didn’t happen because he was lucky!

  224. Jeremy Hall Merit Golf Vacations

    June 23, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I have to say I enjoyed the tournament every bit as much as others .. as far as the greens go and how they appeared on television .. does anyone remember the last time Pebble Beach hosted .. they were black and green and there were no comments then ?

  225. Paul

    June 23, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I played Chambers Bay as a member for a year….over 50 rounds. My friend who won the course championship a couple times played the tips while I played the whites. An 82 year-old ex-fighter jock against a young long ball hitter. He gave me enough strokes to make it fun….but he usually won. Too bad the “big boys” (not all) didn’t measure up to the course demands.
    Congrats to Jordan Spieth.

  226. Alex

    June 23, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Look at the results! How many of the world’s top 10 finished in the top 10. How many others contended. I believe it was Pete Dye who once said his setups were not meant to embarrass the world’s greatest players, but to identify them. Chambers Bay did that.

  227. BillB

    June 23, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I have been playing golf for 45 years I have played the best courses in the U.S U.K Scotland and around the world. I had trouble defining the what was a golf hole and what was just land, even the cameramen had trouble following the ball and lets not talk about the announcing where did that guy Buck come from.

  228. Lloyd

    June 23, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I’m a bit disappointed in the whining of the pro’s. One this is a true links course that is not very old, it will get better. Two this was the US Open, it is suppose to be the toughest tournament of the year, and as pro’s you should be able to figure out the best way to play it. There are a lot of us that can make great putts on perfect greens. This was a great test of their talent and the ones whining the most didn’t finish well. (Go Figure)


    June 23, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    The pros FINALLY got to play on a course similar to 95% of what the weekend golfers golfers play on. They are supposed to be the BEST quit bitching pull up your panties and play the course in front of you.
    **The tournament should have been named the Joe Buck show. He should stick to baseball and turn golf over to qualified announcers. It is bad when you see a shot on one of the other affiliates covering certain holes and 10 minutes later Buck shows it again.QUIT FRIGGIN TALKING AND TELLING US HOW MUCH YOU DON’T KNOW and follow the golfers. FOX spent to much money to have this tournament handled by ROOKIES.

  230. Tom Mitch

    June 23, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    This is the first major that I didn’t enjoy at all. The golf course was the silliest that I have ever seen, especially for the U.S. Open. Mike Davis should be asked to resign. Good shots were seldom rewarded. It was like bumper pool.
    Then the Fox network needs to work on presenting a golf tournament. Also Joe Buck needs to stick with something he is familiar with,its not golf. Next we have Greg Norman. He was as disappointing as the golf course was. Greg said he was going to tell it “like it is”,but all he did was kiss his bosses butts. Where are you Johnny Miller? All in all I was glad when the whole thing was over. I’m just sorry that we have more of the same in the future with the Fox network. The ratings were down 30% this year,it sure was easy to see why.

  231. Kurt

    June 23, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    In my fifty years of golfing, I had the opportunity and pleasure of playing golf on some of the top courses in the US and abroad. What Mike Davis allowed to develop, as he was at Chambers Bay for nine years (watching…was he?), and the USGA Superintendent to approve is absolutely laughable. I wrote to the USGA and requested the firing of Mike Davis. He has no business being in this powerful and influential position, he must go! There are many wonderful courses (public and private) in the NW; they have awesome greens and well maintained putting surfaces. Shame on the USGA, shame on the (USGA) board members who didn’t see this coming. Very sad indeed! We deserve better and so do the PGA professionals. I too have lost my respect for the USGA. Kurt
    PS: A triple boogey for the Fox Sports team, sorry they got the contract.

  232. The Bogeyman

    June 23, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Well it is always interesting reading the comments made by people and there seem to be two sides here. To complain or not complain? Well here are some of my thoughts after having read the comments.

    – These guys are playing for their paychecks, not a Saturday 5-10 Nassau! Excellent point Matt.

    The course is the pro’s workplace so it makes perfectly good sense that they comment if the conditions are poor.

    – As Brandel Chamblee pointed out the conditions are not the same for everyone at least not on the greens. One four fott putt might roll true, while the other four foot putt well …

    – Dave H while I agree that the approach should be more sustainable the greens do not need to be in this type of condition. According to Brandel Chamblee’s friends who are agronomists the greens need not have been this way.

    – Admit it the putting surfaces for a U.S. Open were bad period.

    – Right on Craig. Why should we lie about something just so we can all be proud of not complaining? Truth is truth and these greens were truthfully bad for the U.S. Open, and if they were like this on local courses many people would not go back and play.

    – As for a public course that charges $299 and $209 (even for locals) plus $100 for a caddie. As John McEnroe used to say, “You can not be serious!”

    In short if the USGA would have done a better job on the greens there still would have been discussion but it would have been much less.

    As for me I am quite sure that I would play it and find it interesting, but not if I had to pay close to $400; after all that will pay for all of my green fees this summer.

  233. Joe

    June 23, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Now really! Was that a golf course I would like to play. No way. At the very least they would have to pay for my green fee and lost golf balls in order to get me on Chambers Bay. The TV experience was totally horrible including the next to last putt of the tournament. It does not have to be the “toughest” tournament of the year. Wake up USGA. Just give me nice fairways and beautiful greens and lot of birdies from the professional golfers. Yes, make my day!!

  234. Bob

    June 23, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I played Chambers Bay one year after it first opened. At that time I carried a 2 handicap. Didn’t see it as a US Open worthy track then and certainly not now, even if the green surfaces were better. Too penal for good shots into greens and am not a fan of the concept of a links-style course built into the side of a steep hill. Finally, we have so many potential great parkland courses from which to draw and preserve our American style golf heritage that we are losing our identity.
    It is unfortunate that this year all 3 Majors will be contested on links-style layouts. The USGA should make a conscious decision to leave links golf to the R and A and their Open Championship, hopefully adding Ireland into the rota.

  235. Bear Bosko

    June 23, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I usually fantasize about playing the same courses the Pros play. I have absolutely NO DESIRE to play this one !!!
    The ONLY way I’d play there is if it was free …and THEN I’d think about it !!
    Also, I thought Fox did a terrible job broadcasting it. If NBC or CBS were doing it on radio, I’d shut TV volume OFF!

  236. Sandi

    June 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Stop whining, prima donnas. Fox commentators were terrible. Said they had all sorts of new technology that would blow viewers away. Seriously? Where was it? Tough following ball on brown greens. Congrats to Jordan. Sorry Dustin, drugs have a way of creeping back in at inopportune times, treasure your trophy, it’s all you got bud!

  237. Jim

    June 23, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Shame on the PGA for choosing such a poor course; Chambers Bay is worse than the poorest under funded municipal “cabbage-patch” course in the country. I’m still in disbelief that the Open was staged there. PGA has lost my respect and support.

  238. Dave

    June 23, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    In my nightmares this is the course anyone that went to hell after death would have to play over and over every day for eternity…….

  239. Alan from Australia

    June 23, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    This was one of the most exciting golf tournaments I’ve ever seen, no runaway winner and the result down to the wire. Can’t wait to get to Seattle to play Chambers Bay and have a go at breaking 120! (I’m off 7)

  240. Ron

    June 23, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Jordan Spieth, when asked about Chambers Bay said “The fans in the Seattle area are great”. I think this speaks volumes and hope that it is not lost on the USGA, although it probably is. I also believe that many pros did not voice there criticism of this course simply because to do so invites harsh comments from both the media and the public (as those comments here).

    Fox coverage: Inexperience, from announcers to camera operators to producers and directors. And far too much time spent on announcers comments and special features which should not be such a large part of a live golf telecast. I tune in to watch golfers hit shots.

  241. Kevin G

    June 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    The greens appeared to be horrible. The U.S. Open should not be played on greens that are a mixture of three types of grass and weeds and hard packed dirt. The course was missing a windmill hole, a hole with alligators, a hole with a giant plastic clown, etc……

  242. Jeff G

    June 23, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Good thing thay had white dots to define the green from the fairways or the guys would be marking the ball 100 yards out.
    So glad I did not buy a ticket to go to the open, would of needed a telescope to see the action.

  243. Anonymous

    June 23, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Everyone there played the same course didn’t they. I get tired of a group of guys complaining, that play a game for a living, instead of having a full time job that they have to go to. I realize if they don’t play well, they don’t get a paycheck. That is what is unique about professional golf from any other pro sport. They need to appreciate what they get to do for a living,playing a game called golf.

  244. Al Degen

    June 23, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Like many others, All I did was watch the tournament on TV but my
    impression was that The approaches to the greens and the greens
    themselves were unfair. The results were that sometimes relatively
    good approaches were unfairly penalized and poor approaches were
    rewarded, and the same thing happened on many puts.

    Jordan Speith was rewarded for his excellent play and deserved
    to win, however others were unfairly penalized by the vagaries
    of the course. It was not a US Open Quality Golf Couse.

  245. Dave

    June 23, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    The only reason this was exciting is because they could shoot a 10 as easily as an eagle on any hole, and the leader could go from 1st to 5th at any time. Keegan Bradley thought he hit a bad shot, and instead had a tap in eagle.
    In the US Open, good shots should be rewarded, and bad shot should be punished. Missing a spot by one foot should not bring a 50 yard punishment. Next time they play here they should take away the fore caddies, and let the pros look for their balls like us duffers do. There would be provisionals hit on every hole and there would be scores in the 100’s. A round would take 5 hours, no one would watch, and they would never come back. Did you notice other area courses advertising? Apparently they didn’t want Chambers Bay to complately destroy destination golf in the Northwest. The USGA needs to decide what kind of tournament it wants. The Masters, THE Open, and the PGA all have identities…personas. The US Open has lost its way.

  246. Richard

    June 23, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I might consider playing at Chambers if they paid my expenses including lost balls. There were no “glorious” comments by the broadcasting staff regarding the course “beauty” because there wasn’t any. That lone douglas fir tree on the course was the only main focus of the four days and probably suffers from extreme humiliation! This was by far no test of professional golf play except hit the ball straight. Isn’t that always the case? What a shame. What was the USGA thinking? They should have just held it at Bethpage Black on Long Island again.

  247. George

    June 23, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I was there on Saturday. Very disappointed. It would have been better if they had left it a rock pit.

  248. Jack

    June 23, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    It’s already been said, but most of us don’t have the opportunity to play on super smooth greens when we play. Howevever the pros showed why they are pros on Chambers Bay over the weekend—–they played it well, tee to green.

  249. Steve

    June 23, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Bad course that looked unfair. Shots and putting required luck to score well. A US Open should have a tough setup, but the different grasses on the green resulted in needing luck to make putts.

  250. Jtea

    June 23, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    It’s the US Open, if all the players like the course, something’s wrong!

  251. Roland

    June 23, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I thought the greens should have been flatter instead of being like a saucer.that way if the balls goes to the back of the green ,you have a long putt or if you come up short ,you have the same putt.

  252. Mike

    June 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    These guys need to get a real job and see what life is really like. I love the game of golf and I play a variety of courses it makes the game interesting and helps improve your game and its fun. These guys need to play the courses we play everyday. All these guys do, is whine no matter what the condition the course is in. I wish I could get payed thousands or millions of dollars for something I love doing. Great job USGA, make them earn their money. This is not a perfect world and nether is golf. I would love to play the course.

  253. Russell

    June 23, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I missed the “beauty of the place” that the announcers kept speaking of. It was not pretty. The greens were poor. Close-ups of some of the putts clearly showed the ball bouncing up in the air. The course was “contrived”. I believe the guy that won should have won and I was pulling for him. Jordan could figure out how to win playing on an interstate highway. But I don’t think it was a fair test. Too much luck involved. Good shots penalized and bad shots rewarded. My guess is that not a person that responded here could break 100 on that course and if we all had to play it every day, we would quit golf and take up bowling!

  254. Priembr

    June 23, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I do agree that the Open has lost its way in this goofy quest to go back to golf as it once was – sheep pastures. The USOpen ought to be played on courses that look like Golf in The New World. Leave the links stuff to the UK. They have it down. We don’t.
    But to have it in the pacific NW just this once . . . … It was still worth it.
    And it’s hard to see CB making it as a mini /public course unless green fees come waywayway Way down.
    And Fox truly was bad. “Hall of famer Greg Norman” ( who didn’t get sick of that!) is definitely NOT Johnny M.

  255. Diva

    June 23, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I have thouroughly enjoyed the 4 rounds of golf at Chambers Bay, best ever!. Thats why we call them Professional’s- to challenge what been provided.
    There should be more courses set up like Chambers Bay to test the mental and physical side of the Pro’s and may the best the strongest wins.
    Well Done to all the players.

  256. Bob Pegram

    June 24, 2015 at 12:21 am

    The course looked fine, but the greens should have been rolled. They are so sloped I don’t know if there is anybody strong enough to push one of those big rollers up the hills!
    How new is the course? A newer course takes several years before the greens smooth out.
    There should have been a little bit longer grass on the top sides of the bunkers near the greens so a shot that starts out good doesn’t roll off into a bunker unless it has some speed behind it. Letting gravity take a good shot into a bunker isn’t right.

  257. AARRR

    June 24, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Man up guys. What a different take on the US Open. Instead of Tee shot, Iron shot, Putt, the pros had to really think their way around this golf course. In Australia we have different types of grasses on greens that suit the conditions (hot, dry, wet etc.). The Pros are to pampered. Play golf as it was meant to be played, as the conditions prevail. 20, 25 under on a regular basis is just bloody boring.

  258. Anonymous

    June 24, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Played the course many times with stimp from 8 to 13. Its very challenging and fun. The pros are getting too used to cookie cutter greens that are identical from week to week. C.B. greens work best with a degree more loft and a firmer stroke. If you putt timid it can move on you. If you putt firm and miss it can roll farther then you started, but it will roll true. Also with the different shades of grasses small reads are very difficult, its like looking into a magic eye poster – Im sorry is the U.S. open supposed to be easy? In the end those who could figure it out and adapt got lower scores as the week went on, those who couldn’t went packing. Lets see the facts – #2 golfer won, near lowest 9 ever shot at open at 29 , scores were dropping as the week went on and the course was getting faster. How can this be bad for what is suppose to be the toughest test in golf? The course does look terrible on TV and different from what we are all used to seeing, and Fox didn’t zoom quick enough on the greens to find the ball. Take the emotions and pride away and it was a good test – mental and physical.

  259. Chuck Schick

    June 24, 2015 at 2:48 am

    71.29: Final-round scoring average, the lowest average of any round in any U.S. Open. Ever.
    The USGA can’t control the weather. Maybe Billy Horsefull shoulda coughed up 10 Million bucks to replace the carpets three weeks ago. Waaah.

  260. Landtaxman

    June 24, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Paint the greens or water the greens – do something other than just let them burn and dry out. It was hard to see the golf balls on the brown/tan greens.

  261. Frank

    June 24, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I’ve played a lot of links courses but even when they’ve become dry and hard the ball rolls true on the greens. Chambers Bay greens were bumpy and not surprisingly as the course is too young.
    My questions….how was Chambers Bay chosen before it had bedded in? Why was USGA allowed to kill those young greens by butchering them?

    My sympathies go to the groundstaff of the course who are left to fix the mess.

  262. Peter E

    June 24, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Next US Open being held in the city of New York !
    Driving down 5th ave would get a whole new meaning I am sure they have a minigolf
    course in Central park they can use for putting.
    USGA really took the game of golf to a new level.

  263. Martin

    June 24, 2015 at 7:12 am

    My wife and I watched more of this than any other golf tournament except Ryder cup. Compelling drama, anything could happen and it did.

  264. Gary

    June 24, 2015 at 9:23 am

    My take . . .

    http:// bigpoppygolf .com/ 2015/ 06/ 23/ in-the-eye-of-the-beholder/

  265. Dave

    June 24, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I thought this was one of the best. We need diversity in this event, not just the same old manicured venues. Quit the whining guys. It was great.

    Get rid of Holly for the next event. Worse than poor. Greg N needs some work

  266. Ken

    June 24, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Chambers Bay’s quick path to holding a U.S. open smacks of impropriety with the USGA at some level. There were better venue choices.

  267. Jay

    June 24, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Best quote I heard all week was “they ruined a perfectly good rock quarry!” The tournament was hard to watch, excellent shots landing 3 ft from the pin only to roll 40 yds away in a “collection” area. On Saturday, I watched other sports with the Open on the side. You could see the frustration and disbelief on the player’s faces. Have to agree with Gary Player, a very unpleasant tournamet to watch.
    Then there was FoxSports. Hey guys, stick to baseball, basketball and NASCAR! Golf was WAY above your heads!

  268. Jay

    June 24, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I would like to thank the USGA for finally showing me a golf course that I would NEVER want to play. I didn’t think it was possible.

  269. Dereck

    June 24, 2015 at 11:35 am

    As a long time weekend duffer, I haven’t played one cow pasture worse than Chambers Bay. As a golf course it would make a great GRAVEL PIT.

  270. MikeW

    June 24, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    First, tour pros are incredibly spoiled. But like country club members, maybe they’ve earned it. Second, golf in California is going to look a lot like this and worse if the drought continues. We better get used to it!

  271. Adam

    June 24, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    You folks who are saying that you never want to play Chambers Bay are missing out…

    Do the greens need some help? Definitely.
    Is the course overpriced? Yes, but I think that almost ANY course over $100 is overpriced.
    Is it physically challenging to play? Without a doubt!
    Are the contours on fairways and greens a bit extreme? Yes, (and they should be softened).
    Do they treat you like they do at a typical municipal course (i.e. nothing special), the same as they do at Bethpage and at Torrey Pines? Yup.

    But I have to say that playing Chambers Bay when I got the opportunity last year was really, really fun! I don’t think I will ever forget playing holes 4, 5, 9, 12, and 18–and the rest were fun but I can’t remember the hole numbers. :-)

  272. John

    June 25, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Remember a good shot at CB is usually not at the stick. They are designed to hit a different spot and roll it in. Everyone was warned of this but I don’t think many believed. Thats one thing that makes it so unique and it takes some getting used to. It seems much of the viewing public didnt understand this so when a shot was close and rolled away people are going what the.. – when actually it was a missed approach or bad read.

  273. Richard

    June 25, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Ignorance as to the origins and spirit of the game of golf shines through in many of these negative posts about the course. Chambers Bay plays firm and fast with slopes that can be used to desired effect by the skilled golfer. Firm and fast conditions are the predominant conditions for linksland where golf as we know it evolved.

    It’s too bad that Chambers Bay didn’t have the irregular fairways mounding that one finds on links courses. Then we really would’ve heard it from the crybabies!

    Look it. Golf isn’t a game of perfect. Show some mental toughness, adapt to the challenges set forth, and best your competitors.

  274. VERG

    June 25, 2015 at 10:39 am


  275. wozo

    June 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Visually unpleasant to watch, no matter how good or bad the course played. Hard to see how this course survives… oh yeah… it is
    a government run course. The taxpayers in that county get to pay
    for it if it doesn’t support itself.

    But maybe, just maybe… the greens aren’t usually as ugly as they were
    for the U.S. Open.

  276. Razar

    June 25, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Everyone keeps talking about the course…

    It’s FOXs coverage that ruined the game

  277. Bob

    June 25, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    It is hard to be critical without being there or play the course, but watching it on TV was painful. You couldn’t follow the shots nor the balls on the green unless the cameraman zoomed to within 4′ of the ball. Since the USGA and the Plyers depend on the fans for their collective lively hood, I would say it was a failure to host this great event at that golf course.

  278. Pa

    June 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    By far the most entertaining golf tournament I’ve ever watched. I laughed while putts bounced wildly,cried at Dustin and Brandan’s misfortune, and smiled broadly when a first class gentleman hoisted the trophy.
    Congratulations to the USGA.

  279. JerryL

    June 25, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I’ve lost respect not for the PGA but for the players! Watching these guys padding their wallets now, not with prize $’s, but with advertizing gizmos….icons, logo’s, etc., thoughout their makeup. I counted at least 5 different logo’s on DJ’s hat alone. To me the players look like a group of clowns playing golf. The PGA should limit the number of sales icons one can wear in these tournaments.

  280. Rudy

    June 25, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I’m retired and play golf four days a week. I understand that the open championship has to be a test of skill and endurance; However this golf course was NOT a test of SKILL it was a test of LUCK. Luck should have very little to do with playing golf. Skill and shot making should prevail. In my opinion the people that selected, ran and set up this course should be fired and never allowed to be involved in golf ever again. Please get your act together and allow us to watch real golf.

  281. Jo

    June 26, 2015 at 12:38 am

    What a bunch of cry babies!! I play golf myself but I lost a little bit of respect for these well paid & spoiled athletes!!!

  282. Tommy Mac

    June 26, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Here in Nebraska we have a saying about a course like this; “they ruined some good cow pasture when they built this course.” The municipal course I play on in Omaha has greens that roll MUCH TRUER than this. It turns our National Championship into a matter of luck rather than skill.

  283. Frank D.Mcbride

    June 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I’m sorry, too many pros have been fat cats for too long. The fact is regardless of what condition the coarse is, they all had to play under the same conditions. So what I saw was the separation of the men from the boys. My congrats. To mr. apiece.
    This open showed the pros what, we duffers are up against every time we get out on the coarse. The game is about the challenge, not for showing off.

  284. Chris

    June 26, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Although they should be a bit of a challenge for a PGA test the condition of the greens didn’t reward a great approach shot. It was more hit and hope. Aside from the greens I think it is a great example of a links course. The odd freight train also made it interesting, you don’t see that in many pro tournaments. The fat controller would be impressed.

  285. soupman

    June 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    To Fred who loves the course who says,”most of us play on public golf course greens that are worse than Chambers Bay”, really? Why? Do you play in a cave? In Ohio a course with greens like these would close within 2 years or less and they are much cheaper.$25 to $50 weekly and they pricier ones may go for a bit more on the weekends.$299 for a nonresident to play here what a joke!Bumper pool on a golf course is no ones idea of golf except the CB locals who try to defend this abomination. C’mon, you have to hit a shot 30 yards to one side of a green or fairway with the HOPE you will have it stay where you need it to stay. Maybe not all these holes qualify but way too many of them do.That’s not any sort of golf, links or otherwise. Greens can be firm/hard for the open, fine but when you undulate them too much it takes away shill and turns it into sheer luck.We all would rather be lucky than good whens skins are involved, don’t we! The EURO links course greens in any weather are superior to what was displayed at CB. Sure, one guy played well, but really only on one day. He just got the ” rub of the green” on Sunday. US Open should now be used in non capitalized letters after this mess. us open greens should be played on at the very least, fair greens. You can narrow the fairways, raise the rough,and deepen fairway and greenside bunkers,surround it all with trees, put the greens on a 12-14 stimp if you want but they need to roll smooth. Take the luck out of the us open and put the skill back in where it belongs. I am a Justin fan and have been for over a year. Mentally he was able to stay focused BUT if his caddy had not worked this course a while back do you really think he would have won without the local course knowledge his caddy had ? Most likely not. His caddy won this tournament for him whether you want to believe this or not but none of the other commentators on this site has brought this up.I like Dustin too, he needs to be able to make short putts way more consistently. He lost more than Justin won it.

  286. MIkee

    June 29, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    So let’s be real – there is no intrinsic value for golf other then entertainment! Chambers Bay certainly provided that, and drama as well. The criticism of the greens could also apply to many of the UK links courses on a dry year, or even Pebble Beach. Sorry the pros had to experience conditions their audiences face every week! Perhaps someone should remind them they are first and foremost entertainers, and well-paid ones at that. The score reflected typical Open numbers, and the leaderboard contained the usual suspects. Was it a tough test? Yes! That’s what the Open is supposed to be. If the pros don’t like it and they don’t want the publicity and the money go back to being amateurs. The only fair criticisms in my mind were the spectator difficulties and the Buck commentaries.

  287. Pickinrick

    June 30, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Mikee, to say “the pros had to experience conditions their audiences face every week,” you clearly do not play golf maybe except at Chambers Bay. The non-resident greens fees are $299! You’d have to pay me to putt on greens like that. Here in the Denver area, I play courses that are typically $40-50, and the greens are actually made of grass and roll true EVEN in drought conditions. As a member of the USGA I’m ashamed and outraged that they chose that travesty of a course to represent U.S. public golf. Never again would be a day too soon.

  288. Jim

    June 30, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Goofy golf.

  289. Goose

    June 30, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    The USGA and Mike Davis dried the course out to enhance the roll characteristics. I’ve played the course more than 20 times, it’s a blast. You have to know it to score, where to place your drive, so you are in the correct portion of the fairway. The fairways are up to 100 yards wide! Hitting the fairway doesn’t mean you made a good and strategic shot. The second shots are key, each pin placement demands a specific approach shot. Not on your game? You won’t go low. The best shot makers in the world were in contention. The journeymen of the PGA were missing the spots by 30 yards then complaining about their “luck” and slamming their trunks on Friday or Sunday. It was an exciting tournament. Louis set the all time low Sunday back 9 at a U.S. Open, it wasn’t luck – he was by far the best player on the course Friday, Sat, Sun. Mike Davis was 100% correct, you have to know the place to score. If he would have watered the place more, the winning score would have been lower, the greens would have been less bumpy and there would have been less complaining. You wouldn’t play Chambers even if someone paid you? Your loss, I won’t have to compete for tee times with someone who wouldn’t get it anyway. I’ve played golf on several continents and there is nothing like this place. It’s a tough walk and challenges the player on all levels. If you love golf, that is a very good thing and we are richer in the PNW by having Chambers Bay. Will the USGA ever come back? Well, they made a boat load of money at a well attended tournament that received tremendous local support and they didn’t have to deal with the country club set. Time will tell. If they do, hopefully they don’t skimp on the reclaimed water they use to irrigate the place – people keep flushing even in a drought.

  290. Roland

    June 30, 2015 at 7:11 pm


    The slopes around the greens made it impossible to predict where the ball would finally stop rolling. The length of the course required them to hit lower trajectory shots into greens that were too hard. As I previously said, I enjoy watching US Opens because par is usually a good score, just like when you and I play, but luck played much too much a factor and well-played shots were all too often, not rewarded. As a fan, it was frustrating to constantly lose sight of the ball in the air. On course, the paying customers were kept far away from the action…and couldn’t locate the ball.

  291. Lee

    June 30, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Although seeing pros have difficulty playing certain courses can lead to good TV,,,,,,,,this was a huge joke,,,,,ALL the players were repeatedly penalized for great shots,,,,,,,golf isn’t meant to penalize players for hitting great shots,,,,,you couldn’t keep in some of these fairways if you walked down and placed it and the greens looked like a very well used gravel road,,,,,,what a disgrace for the USGA,,,,,,,,Lee

  292. Lefty

    June 30, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Looked like a miniature golf layout on steroids except miniature golf greens are much better. Where was the clown’s mouth??

  293. John W. K.

    July 3, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Ugliest course I have ever seen. The greens with the two types of grass brought luck into the game as the biggest factor. The announcers continued to try to cover the USGA’s decision to use this course.

  294. Al

    July 3, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    FOX did not do a very good job of covering this event. Saying it was their first time is not a good excuse. Too many blatant errors and people who are supposed to be professional saying unprofessional things. These players are supposed to be athletes. And they are supposed to be some of the best athletes in the world. They play a game for a living. Take the silver spoon out of your mouth and replace it with a cork. Have some fun for a change and play a course where you have to have some imagination and everything is not perfect, even if you hit a perfect shot.By the way..Poulter, you are a little girl.

  295. Tony

    July 4, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Next year will be Oakmont where Cabrera won last with a score of five over. They will be pure greens;just running about 25 on the stimpmeter.

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