Golf Course?

Or Golf Coarse?

In my novel, Grief Club—set in Tacoma, Washington—my two main characters drive to Chambers Bay Golf Course to do a little geocaching.

As you can see from the pictures, the golf course offers an amazing view of Puget Sound. But, as my characters point out, the view is not nearly as awe-inspiring as the course itself.

Chambers Bay was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and more closely resembles a British course rather than an American one. Some golfers love its uniqueness, but others have described it as physically challenging, difficult, unfriendly, even inhospitable. Mean, right? Well, consider this: the course is about a ten-mile walk, the greens are lumpy, the holes sometimes invisible from the fairways, and many of the elevation changes are so steep, you might as well have climbed the Seattle Space Needle by the time you have finished playing.

Image from The Walking Golfers Society. Click on image to open link.

You might be thinking, "hey, I'll just hop on a golf cart!" Nope. Chambers Bay is a walking-only course, which makes it hard on the body but easy on the environment. As does the water treatment plant on the property which converts nutrient-rich biosolid wastes into fertilizer that is then used around the course. You might say that Chambers Bay really knows how to put the green in the greens.

So next time you are in the Pacific North West, head out to Chambers Bay Golf course. You can dine at the club house and admire the view, or if you are brave, play a round. You won't be disappointed if you hit these links, but you may be tired after.