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Perhaps the most unique aspect of the course: In an area flooded with foliage, there stands just one tree.

“Where great land meets great water, great golf can happen,” Jones said. “And in my view it did happen.”

While the course provides panoramic postcard views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains in the distance, there are concerns about the layout, especially the greens. Fescue greens are rare in the United States and the condition of those at Chambers Bay have come under question, to the point of continual rumors that the greens need to be replaced or the Open moved.

USGA director of rules and competitions Mike Davis tried to put those rumors to rest during the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in June, saying there was no chance the national championship would be moved from Chambers Bay.

“The one good thing about having the Amateur here,” Davis said, “I’m expecting to learn a lot this coming August about June of 2015 on how the course is going to play.”

(This version CORRECTS Subs seventh paragraph to correct spelling of Merion.)