Normally I get really fired up about the U.S. Open, it’s our National Championship, played in a beautiful setting on one of the toughest tracks that rotate in the states. Well, one out of two ain’t bad.
Chambers Bay is a pit, literally. The course isn’t that old, eight years or so and used to be a gravel pit, plus with the wispy Fescue and no trees it looks exactly like, (well pardon me, I’m still old school); The British Open, (which happens to be my least favorite major).READ MORE: Toyota Is Offering To Buy Back An Electric SUV Because Its Wheels Could Fall Off
Who took over the scheduling, the R & A? Sorry, I’m sure I’m going to offend many a purist, but this course looks like a goat track where I expect sheep to cross the fairway at any time.
But enough about the moaning and belly aching, geez, I’m starting to sound like a spoiled touring pro.
There’s plenty of good and expect a lot of drama because this course is diabolical.
Numbers’ one and eighteen can play both a par 4 or 5 depending on how they want to switch up… hmm, never heard of that one.
The par 3 ninth has two tee boxes, one plays downhill, the other uphill as much as 240 yards.
Not to mention, depending on where they want to put the boxes, most of the par 4’s push 500 yards!READ MORE: The House Passes Democrats' Health Care And Climate Bill, Clearing Measure For Biden's Signature
Of course, don’t forget about the funny bounces you get playing a links-style course with mounds where you least expect it.
Now to the greens.
Some, (most); you can’t tell where the fairway runs out and they begin, matter of fact the USGA even put out white dots circling to let the guys know for legal/scoring purposes.
Plus, they look like they are diseased with splotches, so some will not offer a true roll.
Starting Thursday, this is going to be a blood bath, of course, I really don’t mind seeing these guys struggle, given most of the “cup cake” courses they play.
So sit back, relax and enjoy, I’d really be surprised if three to five over par won the thing. it might be higher. Plus, I couldn’t begin to pick a winner, although I bet it’s a veteran.MORE NEWS: FBI Is Investigating 'Unprecedented' Number Of Threats Against Bureau In Wake Of Mar-A-Lago Search
In the meantime, I’m off to get a Shepard’s staff.