Two More Partners Step Forward for ‘America’s St. Andrews,’ Upcoming Book on Chambers Bay and 2015 U.S. Open
Seattle, Wash. – The publishers of “America’s St. Andrews,” the hardbound full-color coffee table book which is scheduled for release on October 1, 2014, have announced that two more partners, Tommy Bahama and the Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau (TRCVB), have joined the project.
The book chronicles the improbable story of how Chambers Bay, in 2008 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 be the first course in the Pacific Northwest to host the U.S. Open, which will be held there in 2015.
Tommy Bahama, the island-inspired lifestyle brand of relaxed and sophisticated apparel, accessories and home furnishings, has over 140 retail locations worldwide. With its corporate headquarters based in Seattle and its increasing presence in the region’s business and golf community, the 2015 U.S. Open presented the company with the opportunity to further its commitment to the game.
“Tommy Bahama is excited to partner with Green Cloud Media on a book that pays homage to both an outstanding course and a legendary event in the unparalleled setting of the Pacific Northwest,” said Rob Goldberg, Tommy Bahama’s Executive Vice President of Marketing. “This book’s outstanding story and photography is sure to be a keepsake that will let a golf fan remember this amazing golf course and its storied championships for years to come.”
The TRCVB has created many partnerships in the lead-up to the 2015 U.S. Open, most significantly in creating a micro-website providing tourism information for those attending the championship (www.usopen.traveltacoma.com) and offering online tee times through a partnership with the Washington State Golf Association for tourists wanting to play golf while visiting the area.
The TRCVB is governed by a volunteer board of directors from a cross-section of the tourism industry, representing the business community throughout Pierce County.
Tommy Bahama and the TRCVB join KemperSports and Heritage Links as partners of the book.
KemperSports is the prestigious management company based in Northbrook, Ill. that has been contracted by Pierce County to operate Chambers Bay since the construction phase of the high-profile project. Nine of the company’s managed properties, Chambers Bay among them, are on Golfweek magazine’s Top 100 “Best Modern Courses” list. Visit www.kempersports.com.
Houston-based Heritage Links is the golf construction company that did the actual building of Chambers Bay, serving as the general contractor. Heritage Links received the “Builder Excellence Award in the Creative Category” in 2008 for its work on Chambers Bay. Visit www.heritage-links.com.
Both KemperSports and Heritage Links were two of the key players in creating from scratch and then sustaining a venue capable of hosting what is projected to be the largest sporting event held in the Pacific Northwest.
Upon its release on October 1, the book will be available wherever books are sold, as well as online, and will be sold on site at the 2015 U.S. Open. It will also be available on eBooks via Kindle, Nook and other tablets. The book can be pre-ordered on the book’s website ( www.AmericasStAndrews.com).
The book’s Foreword is written by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the chairman and master architect of the design firm of Robert Trent Jones II, the architects of Chambers Bay.
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 Tommy Bahama
Established in August 1992, with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Tommy Bahama is an island-inspired lifestyle brand that defines relaxed, sophisticated style in men’s and women’s sportswear, swimwear, accessories, footwear and a complete home furnishings collection. The company owns and operates over 140 retail locations worldwide, 14 of which offer a Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. Through a partnership with Border Free global ecommerce, TommyBahama.com ships merchandise directly to consumers in over 100 countries. Tommy Bahama products are also available at the finest U.S. retailers, including Nordstrom and other specialty retailers. For more information, visit www.tommybahama.com.
About Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau
The Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Pierce County, Washington. The TRCVB is a private non-profit destination marketing organization funded by hotel/motel lodging taxes and assessments and membership dues to bring tourism to Pierce County. The TRCVB works with leisure travelers, meeting planners and group tour operators to make choosing Tacoma and Pierce County easy. Visit www.traveltacoma.com for more information.
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.