Public meeting on U.S. Open set for Thursday in University Place

The public is invited to a meeting Thursday about planning for the U.S. Open that will be played at the Chambers Bay golf course in 2015.

The session is set for 5:30 p.m. in the county’s Environmental Services Building, located next to Chambers Bay at 9850 64th St. W., University Place.

Danny Sink, the United States Golf Association’s on-site championship director, will make a presentation. County officials will give an update on planning for the championship. And former County Executive John Ladenburg will make brief remarks about the conversion of the former sand and gravel pit to a golf course and park.

Sink and a group of county officials visited the 2013 U.S. Open held near Philadelphia this month as part of their planning for the first major golf championship to be held in Pierce County.

“This is a great opportunity for residents and business owners to come learn about the championship, including the timeline for preparations,” said County Council member Connie Ladenburg, who will preside over Thursday’s meeting, to be held in the District 4 area she represents.

The U.S. Open will be June 15-21, 2015, which includes three practice days before the four-day championship rounds. The USGA is preparing for a total attendance of 235,000 spectators, volunteers, media, vendors and staff.