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Chambers Bay Named Washington's Best Course by State Magazine


Chambers Bay - host golf course of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and future site of the 2015 U.S. Open - was named Washington's No. 1 public golf course by Cascade Golfer magazine.

The links-style course, located just south of the Tacoma Narrows bridge in University Place, grabbed 55 percent of the votes cast online at CascadeGolfer.com during the final round of voting which began October 8, edging out fellow finalist Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla.

Over the eight months of the contest, which began in the April issue of the magazine, nearly 20,000 votes were cast, including contributions from as far away as Spain, Argentina and Japan.

"That's exciting news," said Chambers Bay general manager Matt Allen, who said he has followed the contest closely since the initial publication of the bracket. "I think the Cascade Golfer readers did a great job identifying the best courses in each region, and we're honored they've picked us No. 1."

The contest began in April, when 32 Washington state daily-fee courses were seeded into four regions - North, Peninsula, Central Sound and Destination - in a bracket published in Cascade Golfer and online at CascadeGolfer.com. Voting was conducted online by Cascade Golfer readers and CascadeGolfer.com users throughout the year, with each round's results published in the following issue of Cascade Golfer.

Chambers Bay (Central Sound), Wine Valley (Destination), Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club (North) and Gold Mountain's Olympic Course (Peninsula) were each selected as regional champions. Final-four voting was conducted live at the Muckleshoot Casino on October 6, at which time the final pairing was announced online and final-round voting commenced.

In the end, it was a battle of the links, with readers selecting Chambers Bay and Wine Valley to meet in the finals - two golf courses with a grand total of one tree, Chambers' famed lone fir - on their properties. When it comes to golf, Cascade Golfer readers were clear: get those trees out of the way.

Remarkably, Chambers Bay was nearly knocked out of the contest altogether in the quarterfinals, coming from behind to beat third-seed Washington National Golf Club by a single vote. The internationally acclaimed course made easier work of eighth-seed West Seattle Golf Course, fourth-seed The Home Course and Peninsula region champion Gold Mountain Olympic Course on its path to the final pairing, where it initially trailed Wine Valley through the first month of voting before surging to the finish following the publication of Cascade Golfer Winter issue earlier this month.

To learn more about Cascade Golfer, visit www.CascadeGolfer.com.