As the US Open continues down I-5 at Chambers Bay, the novelty of having the United States Golf Association’s marquee event in the Pacific Northwest has attracted a lot of people to the shores of Puget Sound. The event is sold out, on a course that is very hard to move about. You have to be part Billy goat, if you’re allowed to be mobile. The secondary market for tickets is huge, and 11 percent of the original folks that bought ducats are from the great white north.
A tweet from yesterday resonated with me.
It came from ex-Montreal gazette columnist and Sports Illustrated writer Michael Farber. To tweet quote; often watching the U.S. Open, I think, Gee, I’d like to play that course. Today, the thought has not crossed my mind once.
You can count today as well.
Fortunately you can see some of Puget Sound on the TV coverage, but the actual golf course looks like an unkempt muni. It appears to be a municipal course (it actually is) which has been hampered by water restrictions. It’s brown and burnt out with a few flecks of green. Instead of golf ball, I fully expect tumbleweed to roll by.
The hills surrounding the course do not spruce up the appearance as well. The fescue grass and ruddy terrain make the course look like the pocked marked complexion of a 14-year-old. Will Proactiv Plus work on earth?
Throw in the fact that the Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course is very difficult to play and these four days of the US Open will keep those who want to keep our little Cascadia region a secret pretty happy.
I feel a wee bit bad for Washington State tourism. Fortunately they have other legalized green stuff that grows to attract destination tourists, bruh.