Right Guy for the Job
As the Sands course project moved forward, the Gebbers family took great care in choosing the best designer for the particular task at hand – David McLay Kidd was selected. The Scotsman came with a prestigious list of accomplishments in the world of links golf that included the famed Bandon Dunes, The Castle Course in St. Andrews and Tetherow.
“This is the once in a lifetime site every golf designer dreams of, rolling sand dunes overlooking a large body of water, a developer willing to build golf just for the love of the game, no homes, no other development around, just golf on sand, golf as it was truly meant to be.” – David McLay Kidd
True Links Golf
The Sands course is a true links course set in the high desert of Washington with sandy soil, traditional fine fescue grasses, firm playing surfaces, wide fairways, and massive greens.
The Sands course offers a very playable experience that weighs in at 7,169 yards from the back tees and plays to a par 72. It’s more akin to some of Kidd’s earlier work at Bandon with an emphasis on having fun. This is illustrated throughout the golf course, especially on the reachable par-4 2nd hole with its breathtaking view of the Columbia River, or perhaps on the split fairway of the par-4 14th.
Things We like To Hear
“But mostly what makes Gamble Sands distinctive is its celebration of fun.”
“These days, Kidd is far less concerned with flummoxing great players than he is with entertaining mediocre ones.”
“By designing a course that truly appeals to all levels of golfers, David McLay Kidd is steering the game back on the right track.”
“Since 2008, David McLay Kidd has been quietly building his next world-class gem right in our backyard — and come 2014, it’s time to start blowing the horn for Gamble Sands.”
“What he [David McLay Kidd] created for the Gebbers family, one of the nation’s largest apple and cherry growers, is appropriately sweet. In fact, it’s the most enjoyable, player-friendly course to open since, well, maybe ever.”
“The first – and perhaps lasting – impression of Gamble Sands is its playability for golfers of all abilities. It’s neither a pushover nor frustratingly hard. It finds a pleasing middle ground.”
Awards & Accolades
Since opening in August of 2014, the Sands course has racked up an impressive list of awards & accolades:
- No. 1 – Cascade Golfer, Washington’s Top 10 Public Courses, 2017
- No. 37 – Golf Digest, Top 100 Public Courses, 2017-2018
- No. 48 – Golf Digest, Top 100 Public Courses, 2016-2017
- No. 18 – Golfweek’s Best: Resort Courses, 2016
- No. 4 – Golf Digest, Best in State: Washington, 2015-2016
- No. 2 – Golfweek’s Best: State by State Courses You Can Play, 2015
- No. 73 – Golfweek’s Best: Modern Courses, 2015
- No. 1 – Golf Digest, Best New Courses of 2014
- No. 1 – Golf Magazine, Best New Courses of 2014