U.S. Open

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A half-dozen players with ties to the Northwest are entered in golf’s U.S. Open as the event tees off in the Pacific Northwest for the very first time this week. The highest ranked among them doubts the locals will benefit from home field advantage.

Many of the world's best golfers will descend on a public course near Tacoma, Washington, this coming week for the 2015 U.S. Open.

They say there's nothing more boring than watching grass grow. But cultivating immaculate grass is a serious, intense and fascinating business when you work at the golf course that will stage the first U.S. Open championship in the Northwest.

Dan Perry

Earlier this year, Pierce County offered free U.S. Open tickets to some Washington state lawmakers.

The county is hosting the golf championship at Chambers Bay Golf Course later this month.

Many have scoffed at the idea state lawmakers could go to the U.S. Open for free, especially before they reach a budget deal.

Each ticket is worth more than double the amount lawmakers are allowed to accept in gifts.

Organizers of the U.S. Open men's golf championship are exuding confidence that Chambers Bay Golf Course overlooking Puget Sound will be ready for the tee off in less than three weeks.