There were so many stories listing the issues with the Chambers Bay course out in the Pacific Northwest (Washington) that they almost took over the game itself. I tuned in on Friday and was kind of surprised at how brown and barren that course was, but it turned out that was the least of it. The greens were bumpy and not green at all. The fans were not able to see from vantage points far from the play. Turns out the course was once a sand quarry and it was easy to see it's past be looking at the topography. And, FOX had the television rights to the tournament, possible the first time that network has handled golf.
There was also a train track with too many long trains going through. A nod to the old sand quarry mining perhaps.
Anyway, why that course was chosen is for the USGA to explain. Many of the players were unhappy with it as were fans who in many cases gave up their tickets for weekend rounds.
One wag wrote last night, "FOX was the worst... with that crappy ball fly graphic to their dopey announcers and that post apocalyptic golf course... awful"
Here are other quotes:
"If this was a regular PGA tour event lots of players would have withdrawn and gone home on Wednesday, but players won't do that for a major. They were simply the worst most disgraceful surface I have ever seen on any tour in all the years I have played. The U.S. Open deserves better than that.''
"Chambers Bay was too bumpy, too dry and too brown. It had too many trains, and too much invasive grass in the greens, and it was too chock full of dunes for the fans to see anything."