Jordan Spieth of the United States watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Chambers Bay and the USGA announced Wednesday plans for the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship to be held at the site of the 2015 U.S. Open.
While the four-ball championship isn't the USGA's marquee event, it shows a continued interest in the site by the organizers of the national championship.
"Bringing the USGA’s newest men’s championship to Chambers Bay underscores our strong relationship with Pierce County as well as with the PNGA and the WSGA, since it will be the third USGA championship there in a decade," said Stuart Francis, chairman of the USGA Championship Committee. "We have a long history of returning to host sites with excellent golf courses, where we have conducted successful and memorable championships."
The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball was a new addition to the USGA's championship slate in 2015. The Olympic Club in San Francisco held the inaugural event with Winged Foot Golf Club hosting the event in May. Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 will be the host in 2017. All three venues, along with Chambers Bay, have also hosted the U.S. Open.
Jupiter Hills Club in Florida will host the event in 2018.
The Home Course in DuPont, Wash. will be a partner for the event during the stroke play portion of the competition.
The tournament will consist of two-man teams playing in a best-ball format. The 128 teams compete in stroke play over 36 holes. The top 32 teams advance to match play.
The U.S. Open has already been scheduled out through 2026 as the USGA announced Oakmont Country Club and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club as the venues for the 2025 and 2026 events last month. The soonest the U.S. Open could return to the shores of the Puget Sound is 2027.
Chambers Bay may need to make changes to it's property before a U.S. Open is put back on the schedule. During last year's championship, spectators had difficulty viewing play. Hills and dunes between holes were roped off in places to prevent spectators from slipping on the slick, trampled fescue grass. The downside was those same hills blocked sight lines to players on the course.
The condition of the greens was also a substantial point of criticism following the U.S. Open.
"Everything is doable to have the modifications made to have another U.S. Open here," Pierce County executive Pat McCarthy said.
However, with a smaller event like the Four-Ball Championship, the USGA likely won't ask for changes to be implemented for the event.
Bill McCarthy, the director of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, said they want these events to be "as plug-and-play as possible."
The championship is open for spectators. However, no tickets are sold for the event. Spectators can come out and walk with the groups throughout the course.
Players must have a USGA handicap index of 5.4 in order to be eligible to qualify for the event.
In addition to the Four-Ball Championship, Chambers Bay will also host the 2017 Pacific Coast Amateur.
The 50th Pacific Coast Amateur is being held this year at Seattle Golf Club July 26-29. Seattle Golf Club hosted the first Pacific Coast Amateur in 1967.