2015 U.S. Open: the most awe-inspiring photos from Chambers Bay

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As much as the top professional golfers in the world will be on display this week at the U.S. Open, so will the course itself. Chambers Bay, the British links-style course right off the Puget Sound, is hosting its first ever major championship.

Designed by famed architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course opened for play almost eight years ago to the day.

We’ve seen and read lots about the layout of the course, how it will play, the nooks and crannies, etc. But forget all that for a second, and appreciate the raw beauty of Chambers Bay. Here’s 16 of the most awe-inspiring photos that will have you on the next flight to Seatttle.

1. Late Evening: Watering the Grass

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2. Martin Kaymer & the Puget Sound

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3. Birds Eye View

Aerials of Chambers Bay Golf Course Mon., April. 27, 2015, in University Place, Wash.   (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times

4. Bunker on 18

Part of the design of Chambers Bay emulated some of the classic courses in the UK.  Tournament Director Danny Sink walks along the top of a trap in the middle of the 18th fairway that almost cannnot be seen from the tee.  PGA officials gave a tour of Chambers Bay Wednesday, May 20, 2015.  Chambers Bay will host the 2015 U.S. Open in June.Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times

5. Tiger and Jordan

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6. 10th Hole at Sunset

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7. The Flagstick at 18

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8. U.S. Open Championship Pavilion – Aerial

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9. The Trophy

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10. The 436-yard Par 4 10th

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11. Douglas Fir on 15

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12. Rickie Fowler Practice from the Bunker

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13. Adam Scott Tees Off

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14. The U.S. Open Flag

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15. The 11th hole: Shadows

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16. The Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr.

FILE - In this June 21, 2007, file photo, golf course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. poses for a photo overlooking the Chambers Bay golf course in University Place, Wash., a few days before the course opened to the public. Later in June 2015, the course will become the youngest golf course to host the U.S. Open since Hazeltine in 1970. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)AP Photo/Ted S. Warren