If University Place has been in the news lately, chances are good that it's because of Chambers Bay Golf Course. The…More facility, which is owned by Pierce County as part of its Chambers Creek Properties site, hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur golf tournament. In 2015, it will host the U.S. Open, one of professional golf's signature events.
The $20 million course sits on the shores of Puget Sound. Formerly a gravel pit, the course was designed by the renowned Robert Trent Jones II design team. It offers links-style golf, similar to the famous and challenging courses of Scotland and Ireland. It is a walking only.
Green fees range from $49 to $109 for Pierce County residents depending on the season and day of the week; Non-Pierce County residents will pay $69 to $175. Separate caddie fees range from $50 to $100. Players can book in person, over the phone or online.
The Pierce County Environmental Services Building houses the county's sewer and water utilities, solid waste…More division, public development division, airport and ferry division and a portion of the department's support staff.
The $10 million, 50,000-square-foot building, located on Chambers Creek Properties south of Chambers Bay Golf Course, opened in 2002. It is a designated "green building," which means builders used recycled material wherever possible, and the building is designed to maximize natural light and air circulation.
Visitors will also find remnants of the former gravel pit that existed at the site for decades, including machinery and pieces of gravel. The county has installed markers and kiosks to help explain the building's natural, historic and environmentally friendly features.
In addition, the building can be rented out for private affairs.