A relatively young city home to over 31,000 residents, University Place has been shaped for its idyllic community, where residents live, work, and play. Its western shore lies along the Puget Sound, presenting waterfront opportunities for those who seek a piece of saltwater shoreline to call their own. Most easily categorized as a suburb of nearby Tacoma or even of Seattle, the city was incorporated in 1995, and upon celebrating its 25th anniversary, started planning to meet new goals that enhance the community over the next 25 years in the “2045 Plan.”
But for those who love nothing better than spending some time out on the links, Chambers Bay Golf Course is one of the area’s most praised courses. Garnering national attention when it hosted the U.S. Open in 2015, the British links-style course is owned by Pierce County and open to the public. At 250 acres, it’s the centerpiece of Chambers Bay Park. For Pierce County residents, a discounted rate to play is offered. But get ready to carry your bag (or hire a caddy) this is course is for walkers-only, with only a few exceptions.