UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — In one year, the eyes of the golfing world will be on Pierce County.
Tickets went on sale Monday for the 2015 U.S. Open, hosted by the Chambers Bay in University Place.
Mike Madden owns a season’s pass at Chambers Bay. He lives a mile from the course.
The self-described “hacker” is excited to have the professionals and the spotlight come to what he considers his home course.
”To be able to play it and watch it on TV a year from now,” said Madden, “and say ‘I bogeyed that hole,’ that would be fun.”
Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy said the weeklong event could bring in $150 million to the local economy.
She has visited recent U.S. Open tournaments and sent a team of county officials to see how this year’s event in North Carolina is being run.
“There’s no power point, there’s no manual you can look at, unless you’ve actually experienced it,” said McCarthy.
The golf course will be made more difficult for the professionals.
Course officials say the greens will be faster and the roughs will be, rougher, by June 2015.
Tickets for 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay on sale
Tickets for the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place went on sale Monday. The event happens June 15 – 21, 2015, with the four rounds of play happening on the last four days.
Individual tickets for gallery viewing ranged from $50 during the practice sessions on Monday through Wednesday; $110 for the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday; and $125 for the final rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Package deals for the gallery include $100 for the combined practice rounds; $400 for the tournament itself and $450 for the entire week.
Related: USGA Tickets website
For those wanting to spend more money for more comfortable surroundings along with food and beverage service, the prices range between $75 and $1,875, depending on what you want to watch and where you want to watch it.
The Chambers Bay website has a list of U.S. Open FAQs.
Chambers Bay, which sits on the shores of Puget Sound, opened in 2007 after being converted from a sand and gravel quarry.
This year's U.S. Open is being played this week at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C.