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Take 2

A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

June 11, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Postcard from Pinehurst: The mysterious Chambers Bay

So, how about golf trivia for $500, Alex?

Actually, I was the host of this game. The question, which I asked to random people Tuesday at Pinehurst No. 2 here in North Carolina, was, “Do you know what Chambers Bay is?” I gave them no context, other than that I was a newspaper reporter.  Fifteen people played, with nary a right answer, although there were some creative attempts.

“It’s a bay up in Michigan, isn’t it?”

“Isn’t that a state park?”

“Yeah, I know, it’s that course  in Bandon, Ore.” Oh, so close, but that will still  cost you $500.

I asked men and women. I asked people with U.S. Open corporate-tent passes, people with gallery tickets, even two ladies working the frozen  lemonade stand and two guys working at the  information booth. To be fair, three people had an “a-ha!” moment when I gave them the answer. One guy had even read about Chambers Bay that morning in a newspaper, and was frustrated in his failure to answer the question.

I am convinced that if I asked this question at Pinehurst No. 2 in 10 months, just about everyone would know. And while Chambers Bay has gotten exposure by being picked to host next year’s Open, the raising of its national profile has yet to really begin, though it will start in earnest as soon as this championship at Pinehurst ends.

Finally, five people, when told of the answer, made pithy comments about the rain. And I was thinking, “really?” I get it when someone from San Diego makes fun of Puget Sound weather, but someone from a place where it’s 90 degrees with 90 percent humidity? Where if you go outside  for five minutes, you need another shower? And if you’re out for an hour without fluid, you’ll need medical attention?

Oh well, I’ve got plenty of fluid, and the golf course beckons.

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