Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, WA sits on a former gravel pit. I used to live close enough to hear the dump trucks beep as they backed up in the middle of the night. It always seemed such a waste of a great view. Ah, but this Cinderella story has a happy ending.

In 2007, Pierce County decided to make it into a public links golf course, and they hit a home run AND scored a touchdown. Chambers Bay will be home to the 2010 US Amateur tournament and (drumroll, please) the 2015 US Open.

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