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Tuesday
Dec052017

Bandon Takes Four-Ball While Chambers Bay (Re) Grows In

Not a bad deal for U.S. Amateur Four-Ball competitors next year, For Immediate Release:

Change of Venue Announced
For 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship

Bandon Dunes replaces Chambers Bay,
which will now host the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

FAR HILLS, N.J. (Dec. 5, 2017) – The United States Golf Association today announced that the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be relocated from Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., to accommodate a turfgrass transition project at Chambers Bay.

“The USGA is extremely grateful to owner Mike Keiser and Bandon Dunes, a trusted supporter of amateur golf, for agreeing to host the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball while this work occurs at Chambers Bay,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of Championships and Governance. “We also acknowledge the foresight and initiative of everyone at Chambers Bay in undertaking this work.”

The ongoing turfgrass project, which will transition the putting surfaces at Chambers Bay from fescue to Poa annua grass, will provide long-term benefits to the facility, which is an important asset to the community and region, according to Matt Allen, general manager of Chambers Bay. The course hosted the 2015 U.S. Open and is owned by Pierce County and operated by KemperSports.

The 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be contested May 25-29. The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball consists of 128 two-player sides and requires two courses for the stroke-play portion of the championship. The specific courses at Bandon Dunes that will be used for the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be announced at a later date.

Chambers Bay will now host the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship from May 22-26. The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., will serve as the stroke-play co-host for the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball.

“Both of these sites are excellent championship venues and are unwavering in their support of amateur golf; they offer the USGA an opportunity to continue to conduct exemplary Four-Ball championships while providing an ultimate test for the players,” said Bodenhamer. “In addition, both of these Pacific Northwest communities have always offered a warm welcome to the USGA, its championships and the competitors.”

Previously, Chambers Bay was the site of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2015 U.S. Open Championships, while Bandon Dunes has hosted the 2006 Curtis Cup Match, the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur, the concurrent U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships in 2011 and the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2015. Bandon Dunes is also scheduled to host the 2020 U.S. Amateur Championship, which marks seven USGA championships hosted in 15 years.

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They could put the most perfect turf in the world on that place and it would still suck.
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKS
Can they move that up to 2018 please?
<< They could put the most perfect turf in the world on that place and it would still suck. >>

With this half-baked nonsense, you clearly display your obvious ignorance. Apparently, you've never played Chambers Bay and -- like many -- continue to blame the DESIGN of the course during the 2015 US Open rather than place the real blame where it belongs: on the setup wizard Mike Davis and the rest of the "amateur experts" at the United States Golf Association. Chambers Bay remains a stunning challenge, requiring a complete golf game to compete at an expert level but continues to be a fun track for all levels of skill. More to the point, the switch from fescue greens to poa annua is long overdue and will COMPLETELY convince even the most skeptical critics that this track is fully deserving of another USGA event -- and that includes the Open. (Nobody really believes that a course which produced a winner such as Jordan Spieth will be merely a one-off, do they?)
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBilly Baroo
Billy Baroo +

I've played CB twice, in different wx each time, and found it to be a great course. Sure the greens seemed to have problems during the open but that has been been addressed and the course present a unique and enjoyable challenge far removed from the typical tree lined park land courses we see all too often. I hope its future includes more championships.
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLeo47
I've played it several times. I stand by my statement. They ruined a great gravel pit when they built that place. Great view. Awful golf course.
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKS
To bad that the usga does not let one pro play on a four ball team I would love to play with a few members and try yo qualify for this event Would even be up for letting tour pros play
12.5.2017 | Unregistered Commentermark
Are there enough rooms close to Bandon to handle this? Is Chambers bay owned by the USGA? How much money does Chambers Bay lose every year?
12.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConrad
It's in 2021. BD hasn't even started booking that year yet. There is plenty of capacity right there on the grounds. Conrad, you owe it to yourself to go experience it and see.
12.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFXF
Played Bandon this fall and they better do some work on the greens! The 2 original courses had greens that made Chambers in the US Open look like Augusta. The condition was worn out and simply awful. Keiser should reflect on $285 "greens fee" for greens that bad.
12.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterNE golfer
Several days at Bandon, or fly to the real thing?

"The switch from fescue greens to poa annua is long overdue."

An amusement park that didn't pan out. The Home Course is better time spent.
12.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
@KS

It's not an awful course there is not one terrible hole there. They charge too much and it was ruined for the US Open but it's not a bad course.
12.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt A
FC - The Home Course is a good value, but I can think of any number of courses just like it. Nothing really special about it. I haven't played another course like CB. It's got some quirk, is a HUGE walk and definitely not for everyone, but I think it's a delight to play. Imagination is a must. There were literally a dozen times my first round there where I had to ask myself - what the **** do you do here? Love it, but not #8.

I don't know if they ever get another shot at an Open, but I hope so. Crimes were committed against that place.
@KS
I am sure there are a lot of people like you that don't like Chambers Bay, but like boring tree choked courses you find all over the area. However CB is more like golf as it was meant to be, and that you find on the coasts of Scotland than anything else in the state. CB had a weak hole in number 8, but the rest are just a joy to play.
12.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGarland

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