Chambers Bay, a public golf course in University Place, Wash., has been chosen to host a USGA championship for a second consecutive year. The Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, which is the site of this week’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, has been awarded the 122nd U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, which is set to be conducted Aug. 8-14, 2022.
It will be the fourth USGA championship for the course, which is owned by Pierce County and managed by KemperSports.
“Chambers Bay has become an extremely special place to the USGA, and we are ecstatic that on the heels of this week’s championship we can assure that our relationship with Pierce County and the golf course continues,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director, Championships. “The U.S. Women’s Amateur and Chambers Bay are sure to produce a memorable week, fitting of both the championship’s stature and the spectacular setting.”
Chambers Bay opened in 2007 and traverses a rugged landscape along Puget Sound. The 250-acre course, built on the site of a former sand-and-gravel mining operation, is the centerpiece of a 930-acre park owned by Pierce County.
The 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay follows the 2010 U.S. Amateur, won by Peter Uihlein, the 2015 U.S. Open, won by Jordan Spieth, and the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, which concludes on Wednesday with the semifinals and 18-hole championship match.
Along with the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open, the Women’s Amateur is one of the USGA’s first three championships and will be played for the 122nd time in 2022. Chambers Bay will become the 15th course to host all three of these original USGA championships. It will be the first municipal course to host them and just the third course open to the public to achieve this distinction, joining resorts Pebble Beach and Pinehurst.
"The USGA has been a tremendous partner since Chambers Bay opened nearly 15 years ago,” said Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier. “To be able to continue this collaboration with another opportunity to showcase our world-class golf course to the best amateur players in the world is incredibly exciting for our entire community.”
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship marks the beginning of women’s competitive golf in this country. Most recently, Rose Zhang captured the title in 2020 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., in a thrilling extra-hole final against defending champion Gabriela Ruffels. The U.S. Women’s Amateur champion receives a full exemption into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open. The 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur will be hosted by Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., from Aug. 2-8; the 2023 championship will be held at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.; the 2024 championship will take place at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., and the 2026 championship will be held at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn.