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A Look at Chambers Bay: US Open 2015
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) — Not a day has gone by at this U.S. Open without seeing something new on the young course at Chambers Bay.

A practice range that should have felt like a ghost town late Wednesday afternoon suddenly came to life when Tiger Woods arrived just as everyone was starting to leave. The grandstands were packed and photographers and TV crews crowded about.

It was rare to see Woods at the course so late. Then again, he doesn't tee off Thursday until 2:28 PDT.

Woods will get a chance to watch the early starters on TV and see how Chambers Bay plays. Like everyone else tuning in, he'll also see some things not normally seen in a U.S. Open:

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits on the 16th green as a train passes behind during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Dustin Johnson of the United States walks through the rough on the tenth hole during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, stands on the fairway on the 16th hole during the first round of the U.S.Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Fans line the 14th fairway during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Phil Mickelson lines up his putt on the 17th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Matt Every hits out of the bunker on the seventh hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, stands on the fairway on the 16th hole during the first round of the U.S.Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Seuk Hyun Baek, of South Korea, hits from rough on the seventh hole during the first round of the U.S. Opengolf tournament at Chambers Bay on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Matt York)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Victor Dubuisson of France hits a tee shot during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Josh Persons of the United States hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Amateur Cole Hammer of the United States lines up a putt during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: LPGA player Natalie Gulbis reports from the course for Fox Sports during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Alex Kim of the United States smiles on the sixth tee during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Dustin Johnson of the United States putts on the 14th green as Sergio Garcia of Spain looks on during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits his second shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Cole Hammer of the United States plays his third shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Sergio Garcia of Spain hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Seuk Hyun Baek of Korea is greeted by his caddie Rukchart Loetchala on the fifth green during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Cole Hammer of the United States talks to caddie Gregg Hammer after playing his third shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits his second shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Bubba Watson of the United States hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan walks with his caddie Daisuke Shindo on the 14th hole during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Angel Cabrera of Argentina hits his tee shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria plays a bunker shot during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Bubba Watson of the United States hits his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 18: Matt Kuchar of the United States hits an approach shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 18, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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TRAINS: There will be plenty of them, rolling across tracks between the golf course and the water. They don't exactly come into play, but players will have to get used to the idea of them making some noise on the back nine. Expect to see them often as Fox goes all out for to show a prime time audience what a unique place Chambers Bay is.

THE TREE: That's right, there's only one tree on Chambers Bay, and it doesn't even come into play. The lone fir tree was rescued in the building of the course, and rescued again when someone took an axe to it.

If you think Fox will be enamored with the trains, the tree won't be far behind in grabbing screen time.

GREENS THAT AREN'T GREEN: The USGA gave Pinehurst No. 2 highlights of brown a year ago for the U.S. Open. That was nothing compared to the brown hues of Chambers Bay, which contrast to the rest of the lush, tree-lined Pacific Northwest.

There's nothing wrong with the greens, in fact the course was designed to look this way. The reason is the fine fescue grass used throughout the course, including the greens. As the course is choked from water to make it firm and fast, the grass quickly loses its green shade for a brown look.

QUIRKY BOUNCES: Players spent the days before the Open trying to figure out the crazy bounces on the links-style course. That meant in some cases aiming 20-30 yards away from a pin or running the ball up to avoid it bouncing away. The player best at this may end up holding the Open trophy Sunday night.

NO FANS: Yes, there will be fans, thousands of them in an area that has eagerly embraced the national championship. But viewers will go long stretches without seeing many of them because large sections of the course where fans can't line fairways like they would in most tournaments. Instead, many will be in grandstands, including a huge one to the right of the 18th green that is reminiscent of British Open courses.

NEW NETWORK: Of all the things viewers will find different in this year's U.S. Open, this may top the list: If they tune their TV like they have in the past, they'll wind up watching "Days of Our Lives" instead of Thursday's opening round. That's because the tournament has a new home in Fox, which wrestled away broadcast rights from the partnership of NBC and ESPN with a 12-year contract.

As part of their pitch, Fox executives promised innovation. So assuming viewers can find the right channel, they'll be treated to aerial shots from drones, 3-D graphics and other novel ideas that should make this championship look unlike any other.

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