Chambers Bay's location near Seattle and Tacoma gave visitors coming for the upcoming U.S. Open a little more leeway to find accommodations. But if you waited to the last minute to book a room (or are contemplating a spur-of-the-moment trip), you're in for some sticker shock, or a long drive in bad traffic.
Downtown Seattle hotel rooms can still be had for about $400 a night, but you're looking at a 90-minute drive to the course in ideal traffic conditions -- which don't exist in metro Seattle.
If you're traveling in a group, a local weekly house rental in University Place is probably going to be your best bet. Craigslist has a healthy selection of private home rental listings for U.S. Open week, including this one situated two blocks from the tournament entry gate.
The four-bedroom, three-bath, 2,900-sq. ft home has cable, wi-fi, grill, pool table and two-car garage, and costs $1,400 per night for a minimum of six nights. If the tournament goes to an 18-hole Monday playoff, you can stay on for the extra night for $1,000. Split eight ways, that's $175 per person, or about a thousand bucks for the week each.
If you're on even more of a budget, bring your RV and park in this clever person's driveway three miles from the course for just $75 per night. They'll even drive you back and forth to the course for a small fee.