Puyallup company chosen to build resort at Chambers Bay Golf Course

Absher Construction of Puyallup has been selected to build a new resort at the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place. (KOMO Photo of design plans)

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - A Puyallup company was selected on Monday, to build a resort at the Chambers Bay Golf Course, including a hotel and a Tom Douglas restaurant.

The U.S. Open put the course on the worldwide 'golf' map. Pierce County is hoping this new resort will put this place on the worldwide 'travel destination' map.

The golf tournament brought visitors from all over the world, but they had no place to stay near the course except private homes.

The group known as Chambers Bay Development LLC headed up by Absher Construction of Puyallup beat out another group for the bid.

"Both development teams that provided proposals were both excellent," said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. "There's just this one that we picked, Chambers Bay Development LLC, just had just a few more pluses."

The plan is for an 80-room hotel, 5,000 square-foot event and meeting space, spa with six treatment rooms and a 200-seat Tom Douglas restaurant. It would be the chef's first outside Seattle.

"We're very excited to be partnering with the Chambers Bay Development LLC folks who were selected today and can't wait to start working on the future," said Chambers Bay General Manager Matt Allen.

The cost is expected to reach $45 million. Allen said the project would be 100 percent privately funded.

"I think that sounds fabulous. I think this course justifies having that sort of venue," said golfer Sean Keveren,

"And a great place to come play a round of golf and maybe have a bite to eat and a place to stay," added golfer Eric Gjersee,

Dan Absher, president of Absher Construction, said he's optimistic the details of the agreement can be worked out by the end of the year.

The county executive hopes to have the resort ready to go for a major pro golf tournament in the summer of 2019.

"It's just going to have a sense of excitement," said McCarthy

The developers said the golf cottages planned for the ridge are on hold for now. They are just concentrating on the new clubhouse, hotel and restaurant.

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