The golfers have flown off in their business jets, Goodyear’s blimp is headed elsewhere, spectators are going home and crews are beginning several weeks of work to dismantle the tents, grandstands and infrastructure that hosted the USGA championship golf tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place.
It is too early to have financial results to go with golf course critiques from flummoxed golfers at the week-long event that wrapped up with a suspenseful outcome on the 18th green Sunday afternoon. But locals are busily shopping a final “50% off” sale today at the U.S. Open Merchandise Pavilion through 8 p.m. tonight adding to the local sales tax collections.
Jordan Spieth, the 21-year-old winner of this year’s Masters tournament, captured the Open trophy at Chambers Bay as well. But arguably, the South Sound won the biggest prize with a full week of international media exposure and scenic television coverage that tourism backers hope will bring visitors to the region for years to come.