Gamble Sands’ QuickSands Course Officially Opens For Play
Posted on May 5, 2021
Brewster, Wash. (May 5, 2021) – Gamble Sands’ David McLay Kidd-designed QuickSands Course is now open for play. The 14-hole short course officially opened for resort and daily-fee play on May 1st with Gamble Sands’ Project Manager Tory Wulf hitting the ceremonial first shot.
QuickSands is a fun yet challenging layout that requires imaginative and well-played shots. Hole-lengths vary from 60 to 180 yard and carry descriptive names such as Plinko, Crater, Donut and Corkscrew. A course-wide sound system amps up the fun, while QuickSands’ unique design encourages group-to-group and cross-hole banter.
Crews broke ground on QuickSands in late winter 2020, with grassing taking place in June. McLay Kidd and partner, Nick Schaan, were hands-on in the creation of QuickSands, working with the crew, running equipment and shaping with hand tools. QuickSands is set east of the Gamble Sands clubhouse, between the range and the entry road, on a 25-acre parcel of heaving and rolling sand dunes of which the team took full advantage.
“Short Courses are all the rage and so they should be, golfers love short holes, it’s a chance for success, its immediate gratification,” said McLay Kidd. “QuickSands, however has a different twist, wild holes, impossible to replicate on full course type holes. If you ask for the yardage you’re not getting the concept, it’s about reading the ground and imagining a shot, maybe it’s a chipped 7 iron or a low checking wedge, it might even be a putter off the tee, it could be every one of those shots in the same group.”
“The Gamble Sands family is truly excited to begin play on QuickSands,” said Wulf. “We know that our guests will enjoy the golf experience that DMK and our crew has produced. We can’t wait to see and hear how much FUN folks will have!”
Gamble Sands, a “Top 100 Golf Resort” located in Brewster, Washington, reopened for resort and daily-fee play in April after being closed for the winter.
McLay Kidd’s award-winning course designs include Gamble Sands, Bandon Dunes and Mammoth Dunes.
QuickSands adds to an impressive collection of golf and hospitality amenities at Gamble Sands. The 18-hole Sands Course opened for play in 2014 to widespread acclaim, with the 100,000 square foot Cascades putting course following shortly thereafter. The Inn at Gamble Sands features oversized rooms that perfectly match the wide-open nature of Gamble Sands as big rooms open to the big golf course, framed by even bigger views that sweep across the Columbia River Valley. The Danny Boy Bar and Grill is a gathering place for golfers and casual diners alike. Large garage-style doors roll open to outdoor dining and more views of the Cascades and Columbia River Valley.
About Gamble Sands Located in central Washington in the town of Brewster, the 7,169-yard Sands course at Gamble Sands opened for public play in 2014 among widespread industry acclaim. Both GOLF magazine and Golf Digest named it the “Best New” golf course of 2014. It is currently listed among “Golfweek’s Best: Modern Courses, 2019,” and also ranks No. 1 in “Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play” in Washington. It currently is No. 35 on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses as well as No. 48 on GOLF’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play. Designed by the renowned David McLay Kidd, the Sands course is a true links layout set in the high desert overlooking the Columbia River with sandy soil, traditional fine fescue grasses, firm surfaces, wide fairways and massive greens. The club also offers caddie services, a complete practice facility, golf shop, Danny Boy Bar & Grill, and lodging at The Inn at Gamble Sands featuring meeting and event space as well as the 100,000 square-foot Cascades Putting Green.
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