RTJ II Golf Course Architects Partners with ‘America’s St. Andrews,’ Book on Chambers Bay and 2015 U.S. Open, Now Officially Released
The firm of Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects (RTJ II), the golf course designers of Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open, has provided valuable content for a new book, “America’s St. Andrews,” which is being released to the public beginning today.
The full-color hardcover chronicles the improbable story of how in 2008, Chambers Bay – at the time just an eight-month old publicly-owned facility in University Place, Wash. – was selected to host the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship, as well as to be the first course in the Pacific Northwest to host the U.S. Open Championship, which will be held there on June 15-21, 2015, and is projected to be the largest sporting event ever held in the region.
Robert Trent Jones Jr., the chairman and master architect of RTJ II, has written the book’s foreword.
“This beautiful book conveys a wonderful story, not just about the golf course itself, but about the collaborative process and many entities coming together to create something special,” Jones would say later. “The book has soul and tells the tale of a storied site and an outcome that serves both the public and the world’s best golfers.”
The book’s publishers have donated a portion of the book’s early proceeds to the “Robert Trent Jones Jr. Scholarship” that has been created at the Tacoma branch of the University of Washington.
RTJ II joins KemperSports, Heritage Links, Tommy Bahama and Travel Tacoma + Pierce County as partners of the book.
Written by well-known Pacific Northwest golf writer Blaine Newnham, the book is now available in stores, as well as online and the golf shop at Chambers Bay, and can be ordered directly from their website at www.chambersbaygolf.com. It will also be sold on site at the 2015 U.S. Open.
Included in the book are extensive interviews with all the key people involved in the process of transforming an abandoned gravel mine into a U.S. Open-caliber golf course, such as Mike Davis, executive director of the United States Golf Association; Danny Sink, USGA championship director of the 2015 U.S. Open; Matt Allen, general manager of Chambers Bay, who took on the steep learning curve of shepherding a newly-opened municipal layout from infancy to elite status; John Ladenburg, the former Pierce County executive who spent all the political clout he had on a dream that ultimately came true; and particularly Jones and his team of architects and shapers who looked to the roots of the ancient game to create a world-class links layout along the shores of Puget Sound.
Along with award-winning photography of the golf course, the book also includes never-before-seen historical photos of the property on which Chambers Bay was built, photos of the phases of the course’s construction, of the 2010 U.S. Amateur held at Chambers Bay, of the renovations performed in the wake of the Amateur, photos from the USGA archives and from the University of St. Andrews Library, and of the many people involved in the colorful backstory of the property.
About Robert Trent Jones II
With headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects (RTJ II) is the preeminent golf design firm worldwide, having created more than 270 courses in over 40 countries on six continents. Trustees of a great tradition of golf course architecture, RTJ II is committed to working in harmony with nature to craft the best golf course on each unique site. The RTJ II design team has experience in every aspect of golf course development and the ability to provide support and expertise from conception through completion of any project. RTJ II golf courses have hosted tournaments on every major golf tour in the world. They have also hosted special events such as the World Cup of Golf, The Skins Game, The Grand Slam, and many others. For more information, visit www.rtj2.com.
Proceeds to Charitable Initiatives
A portion of the book’s net proceeds will be donated to a number of charitable programs and initiatives, such as the Patrons of Golf Program of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association; The First Tee of South Puget Sound, which includes Chambers Bay as one of the chapter’s facilities; The First Green, an educational outreach program that uses golf courses as learning labs for high school students; and the Evans Caddie Scholarship Program, in support of Chambers Bay’s caddie program which provides opportunity for young qualified caddies to earn a four-year college scholarship.
About the Author
Blaine Newnham was a sports editor and columnist for 11 years with the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard, and an associate editor and sports columnist for The Seattle Times for 23 years. He is a constant contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine and Cybergolf.com, as well as Golfweek magazine. He has authored two previous books, “The Running Experience” and “Golf Basics.” In 2005, Newnham received the Distinguished Service Award from the Northwest Golf Media Association.
The book’s editor is Tom Cade, who is the editor of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, which is published by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). He is also the Sr. Director of Communications for the PNGA and the Washington State Golf Association. Cade is the current president of the Northwest Golf Media Association. Newnham and Cade are regular members of the Golf Writers Association of America.
The book is published by Green Cloud Media.
St. Andrews is used in the title of the book with the expressed written permission of St. Andrews Links Trust, the charitable organization which manages the seven public golf courses in St. Andrews, Scotland. Creating golf’s future by honoring its past, St. Andrews Links Trust is dedicated to keeping the game available and open to all.