Pierce County officials launched construction of the Chambers Bay Golf Course by praising the project and chipping some golf balls Tuesday.
The county is borrowing $20.77 million to build a 250-acre, 18-hole Scottish links-style course at Chambers Creek Properties in University Place. The site, where officials gathered Tuesday, is a former gravel pit with a waterfront view.
Numerous officials spoke in support of the project, including County Executive John Ladenburg, Public Works Director Brian Ziegler, Valarie Zeeck of the Chambers Creek Foundation, and Bruce Charlton, president and chief design officer of Robert Trent Jones II - architect of the golf course.
The course is intended to rejuvenate the scarred landscape, enable expansion of the county's wastewater treatment facilities, generate revenues to build other park projects envisioned in the master plan for the area and pump up the local economy.
"We can't wait to get started, " Charlton said.
The county's construction contractor is Heritage Links of Houston. Officials plan to open the course in May 2007.