The concept of Gamble Sands began with the vision of a high-end, Pacific Northwest destination resort community highlighted by a variety of outdoor recreational activities. The first step – the debut of the highly acclaimed Sands course – set the foundation for future plans that include another golf course, quaint outdoor amphitheater, equestrian activity center, spa & fitness center, and limited private real estate and lodging opportunities. It is the many outdoor activities, including world-class golf, surrounding Gamble Sands that provide guests with the type of flexibility that appeals to a wide range of interests. And with leadership tied to the local community for more than 100 years, the Gamble Sands project will develop deliberately with the health of the area’s economic diversity always in-mind.
The Gebbers family has been growing some of the finest apples and cherries on the property where Gamble Sands sits for more than a century. In fact, they own and operate one of the largest contiguous orchards in the region on the southern edge of the famous Okanogan Valley, where the weather is ideal with 300 days of sunshine each year and little rain.
It all started when Dan Gamble backpacked to the Methow Valley from Nova Scotia in 1885 to stake his claim during the Gold Rush. Instead of striking the Mother Lode, he established a lumber mill, hotel, and planted the first orchard. His daughter, Martha married John Gebbers in 1927, and soon after they carved out a homestead in Brewster, Washington. John focused on cattle and orchard operations while Martha concentrated on fruit packaging and the saw mill.
The family and their businesses continued to expand over the following decades with the introduction of late-season cherries, innovative work programs, new storage facilities and large commercial accounts.
The productive orchards and incredible golf experience that is Gamble Sands today would never have gotten off the ground without the foresight and hard work of people like Dan Gamble or Martha and John Gebbers. As a tip of the hat, Martha’s signature copied from a check from the 1950s serves as the course logo to this day.
Although the Gebbers family tree has grown a bit, their humble commitment to excellence – farming, cattle ranching, golf or otherwise – is the common thread that ties the generations together.
OB Sports Golf Management, founded by Northwest native Orrin Vincent, was selected by the Gebbers management team to help bring their vision to life. Alongside a key group of people, OB has helped to make what we know today as Gamble Sands a reality.
“I am stunned and happy at the same time,” said Vincent. “It is very rare that a course enters the Top 100 after being open less than a year. This shows the tremendous impact it has made in the golf world and its affinity for true links golf. Congratulations to the Gebbers family.”