Fairway Life

US OPEN: UNIQUE CHALLENGES AT CHAMBER BAY

Feb 03, 2017

The 115th US Open will be held June 15th- 21st 2015 at Chambers Bay. Chambers Bay is a unique, challenging course located along the shores of the Puget Sound in University Place, Washington. This will be the first time the US Open will be played in the Pacific Northwest and only the 3rd time being held at a municipal golf course. Chambers Bay is shaping up to be one of the toughest US opens yet and will test every player’s mental and physical skills.

Chambers Bay will not play like the traditional east coast country club courses of past US Opens. With the terrain, proximity to the Puget Sound and climate resembling the birthplace of golf, Chambers Bay features traditional links-style design similar to the great Scottish courses. Massive rolling fairways, towering sand dunes, and undulating greens will provide the world’s best golfers a true challenge. With the playing surface being fescue grass, the course is going to play fast and firm. This will require the players to be creative and affectively utilize the ground game.

Named “Lone Fir” the 15th at Chambers Bay is one of its most iconic holes. Lone Fir refers to the only tree on the course, an iconic Douglas Fir located behind the green. This par 3 plays from an elevated tee toward the Puget Sound and can be set up as the longest or shortest par 3 on the course. The green slopes from left to right and is well protected by a massive bunker that spans down the fairway and around the green. Adverse weather or a southwest wind could especially play a role on this hole and is important when players are making club selections.

Weather conditions are always a factor when playing golf, but the weather could have a very prevalent impact at Chambers Bay. With the course being located right along the Puget Sound the steady wind and heavy gusts will have an impact on play. Although the forecast looks promising, you can never count out rain in the northwest region of the country. A light rain is the most common precipitation in Washington State, but a summer storm is not out of the question. With that in mind, every player who walks Chambers Bay this weekend will have rain gear packed in their golf bag. Here are a few of our favorite rain gear pieces from Nike, Oakley, Zero Restriction, and Cross that are ready for the elements.

The Zero Restriction Power Torque ½ Sleeve Jacket Indigo Blue features Power Torque technology which is a revolutionary design system that improves comfort, flexibility and fit without sacrificing any waterproof capabilities. This jacket is perfect to keep packed in your golf bag for those random storms or a light rain on a warm summer day.

The Cross Golf Pro Rain Jacket Black is packed with high quality features that make this a perfect jacket for a wet day on the course. FTX Stretch fabric makes the jacket extremely waterproof and breathable. Waterproof zippers, pockets with protective plackets and an adjuster at the sleeve hem add durability and are certain to keep you dry and comfortable.

Ready for all weather conditions, the Nike Hyperadapt Storm-Fit FZ Golf Jacket Blue Force features ultra-durable Storm-Fit material which is lightweight, windproof and keeps you dry and comfortable. Two piece construction on the back of the jacket with added mesh insert gives added air flow. With playability in mind, 4-way stretch fabric is placed on the shoulders and arms for extended range of motion.

Oakley took water repellence to the extreme in the Oakley Golf Tour Rain Pant Black, using Hydrofree technology to make the pants “hyper-hydrophobic”. 2.5 layer waterproof stretch rain fabrication to keep moisture out and dry quickly. Double snap button zip fly with stretch waist and inner draw cord for the perfect fit. Velcro tab with adjuster at leg hem and zippers for easy on-off when you are on the course.

Looking for rain pants that aren't the standard black or blue? Check out the Cross Pro Rain Golf Pants Pumice Stone. Made of FTX Stretch fabric these pants are extremely waterproof, lightweight and breathable. For easy on-off, pre-shaped knees and long leg openings with zippers are perfect when you need your rain gear on in a hurry.