Chambers Bay golf course is using Toro maintenance and irrigation equipment as it prepares to host the best golfers in the world for the 115th U.S. Open golf tournament starting Thursday.
Chambers Bay, located in University Place, Washington, is a municipal course owned by Pierce County Washington. It was designed and built to resemble the traditional links style courses of Scotland but also to host major golf events.
This is the first time the United States Golf Association is bringing the U.S. Open golf tournament to the Pacific Northwest.
Designed by noted golf course architect Robert Trent Jones II the course was built on the site of a former sand and gravel mine adjacent to Puget Sound. The course was opened in 2007 and shortly after was recognized by Audubon International as a Silver Signature Sanctuary for its work to protect water quality and wildlife habitat on the property.
Bloomington-based The Toro Co. is most known for its line of golf course maintenance equipment. Founded in 1914 some of the earliest equipment Toro made was for golf courses.
Toro equipment has been helping prep courses for major golf tournaments since Toro made motorized mowing equipment for the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis in 1919.
Toro has had long-standing relationships with championship venues around the world including next month's The Open Championship at historic St Andrews Links in St. Andrews, Scotland; the 2015 President’s Cup at Jack Nicklaus Club in New Songdo City, South Korea; the 2015 Women’s Solheim Cup at St Leon-Rot GC in Germany.
Toro knows tennis too, they've also had a long-term relationship keeping the grass tennis courts of the Wimbledon Championships ready for play. That tournament starts later this month in London.
Prepping for a major golf tournament requires a fleet of equipment as evidenced by pictures submitted by Toro. Toro irrigation equipment has been used at Chambers Bay since the course's beginning and Toro equipment being used this week includes Toro Reelmaster fairway mowers, Toro Greensmaster walk and riding greensmowers, Toro Sand Pro 2040Z bunker rakes, Workman utility vehicles and Greens Pro greens rollers.