Chambers Bay

If you live in the South Sound region, you’ve certainly heard of Chambers Bay. It is on the tips of everyone’s tongues this week, as the golf course is hosting the U.S. Open golf tournament.

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But Chambers Bay regional park is more than just a fancy golf course, it is a beloved park to many in University Place and the surrounding communities, including Veronica and I. It was one of the major selling points for why we bought our house nearby.

Sun rays pour over the Puget Sound with the Chambers Bay Golf Course in the foreground.
Sun rays pour over the Puget Sound with the Chambers Bay Golf Course in the foreground.

The park offers a 3.25-mile paved loop trail, featuring a large elevation change (315 feet) to help get the heart-rate going. It has one of the best playgrounds we’ve ever seen in a park. It also has a fenced in dog park, and huge grassy fields to have a picnic, play frisbee, catch or fly a kite.

Veronica's sister, Tori, and Catarina look for the frisbee as it flies their way. This is in the Central Meadow part of Chambers Bay regional park.
Veronica’s sister, Tori, and Catarina look for the frisbee as it flies their way. This is in the Central Meadow part of Chambers Bay regional park.

The upper reaches of the park near Grandview Avenue, also afford amazing views of the Puget Sound, Fox Island and the Olympic Mountains. It is a relaxing place to watch a sunset. We’ve been told you can catch sightings of Orcas from the beach.

A sunspot appears over Chambers Bay, with the bridge to the beach in the foreground.
A sunspot appears over Chambers Bay, with the bridge to the beach in the foreground.
I waited until this tug boat and barge were framed by the sun on the water and the tree at Chambers Bay Golf Course to give a bit of action to this shot.
Sunsets from the overlooks off of Grandview Avenue are to die for. The Olympic Mountains in the distance, the reflection off of the Puget Sound and the lone fir at the golf course.

So, as you no doubt will see Chambers Bay plastered on your television and in your newspapers (buy a Tacoma News Tribune or an Olympian to help me keep my job!) this week, just remember it is more than just a golf course – it is also a great place for your entire family to play.

Catarina climbs part of the cement structure near the waterfront at Chambers Bay regional park. This is part of the old quarry that used to occupy this part of University Place.
Catarina climbs part of the cement structure near the waterfront at Chambers Bay regional park. This is part of the old quarry that used to occupy this part of University Place.

– Craig Craker

If you go
Location: Chambers Bay regional park, University Place off of Grandview Avenue.
When: Anytime of year.
What: A park featuring beach access, dog park, world renowned golf course, and a 3.25 mile paved loop trail featuring a 350 foot hill.
Fees: None.
Kid-friendly: Absolutely (including the Playground at the Sound, one of the best in the area).

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