Disclaimer #2: I love events that promote the South Sound and put it on the national/international stage in a positive light. Even if you don't like golf, South Sounders, you have to agree that having the South Sound in the limelight is more than just a little cool.
So, guess what's happening in the neighborhood....
University Place is in a golf and event frenzy as the U.S. Amateur Championship golf tournament kicked off this weekend. The USGA (United States Golf Association) signage is happily posted in every nook and cranny of the city and Chambers Bay golf course (home of this year's Amateur tournament) is crazy-busy with activity and good buzz. So, of course, my husband and I had to pop down (we just up the hill from the course luckily) and check out the excitement on Sunday afternoon to watch some practice rounds.
Weather-wise it was a perfect day for golf---just the right temperature and wind speed/conditions gave the players some Chambers Bay flavor to their practice. The greens were FAST and mean. The golfers will have their work cut out for them this week. Other tidbits: parking was fine and well marked. But again, this isn't the real deal when we went; I suspect parking will get more intense as the week progresses. Event volunteers were extremely cordial and informative. Shuttles to take you down the hill and onto the course were readily available and fast. The concessions, well, as you can expect were overpriced (see pic at the bottom for my visual opinion).
Enough words! Here's a mini- pictorial of our visit. View and read on!
|Approaching the green with our beautiful bay in the backdrop|
|When they say Chambers Bay is a sustainable course, they ain't kidding. Don't get your ball stuck in this stuff!|
And the final shot of this post. Me....
|The author of this post. This is EXACTLY how I felt when I was charged $5.00 for a mini cheapo plastic to-go cup of BUD LIGHT!!!!|