Joe and Nancy

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

US Open 2015, Chambers Bay, WA

We pulled into Camp Murray RV Park which is part of Joint Base Lewis McCord in Tacoma.  This little annex is actually home for the Washington National Guard.  We planned to stay here for two weeks, June 10-23, but wound up staying here longer after stays at Whidbey Island NAS (4 days) and Gig Harbor RV Resort (3 days).
Above, Miss Nancy ready for customers at the practice range.  It was hot during the Championship and she was glad she was under a tent.  Below, some patrons watching their favorite pros warming up.
Above, fans hoping the pros sign their items.  Below, hole 12 fairway, where I was at on Sunday.
Above, local TV doing some fan interviews for the news broadcast.  Looking out from Nancy's tent and all the different brands of balls for the pros practice range.
Above, hole six fairway where I was on Saturday.  Below, hole six again.
Above, two PGA Tour rule's officials monitoring the pace of play of a group.  Below, not sure what hole, but I think number 8.
Fairways were very firm, as the area had no rain for a couple of weeks, and none during tournament.  Below, Miss Nancy relaxing at hole six after completing her shift.
Note how brown the tall fescue is that hasn't been watered.  Below, hole six towards the water, which is just south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
Above, the only tree on the golf course.  And there are no water holes on this course either.  Interesting!   Below, fans waiting for the crosswalk to open at hole six.
Above, one of the electronic leader boards displaying the day leaders.  Below, the army of course maintenance gang preparing to set out for six hours of grooming, till about midnight. I think we're being "tailed" by a gang of cops too.  We hitched a ride as our feet and legs were mush after walking up and down these hills.  (19,000 steps on our iphone Pacer app)
Above, a not-so-selfie of us from the 13 grandstand where I was on Thursday.  Below, fans along the approach of the 13th green.  And Miss Nancy resting after her shift at the practice range.
Above, Miss Nancy waiting for someone to find our uniforms.  They did not.  They were somewhere else.  We picked them up the next day.  It was hot sitting/standing there for 30 minutes, for nothing.  Well, we did get our credentials though this day.
Above, a beautiful sunset over American Lake at Camp Murray.  Our site, A7, was on the lake during this two week stay.
In the practice are we were able to sneak a couple pics of  some golfers.
Above, Bubba Smith and below, not sure, and below that,Angel Jimenez.  He smokes a lot of cigars, but a very nice man, and 51 years old and in the US Open.  He's good.
Above, a look at the brand of balls that are available for the pros to practice with and below, me hard at work.  I have a radio in my ear listening to the commentary on ESPN.
Above, hole six fairway. and below the crosswalk on six.
Below, Jordan Spieth, the eventual winner of the US Open.  Note the player's grill in the background.
Well, that about wraps up our fun at the US Open, which happened to be our ninth consecutive Open volunteering.  We are already signed up for next year's Open at Oakmont near Pittsburg, and also for 2017, at Erin Hills, WI, about 30 miles outside Milwaukee.
So, till our next blog, RVing Beach Bums signing off.  This blog was written and published from the Monaco Service Center in Coburg, OR on July 28, 2015.