Aerial view of Gamble Sands with the Columbia River and mountains in the background.

Brewster, Wash. (April 10, 2023) – Gamble Sands, one of the “Top 100 Golf Resorts in North America” located in Brewster, Wash., recently welcomed Chris Lamkin as its new Executive Chef. Lamkin will oversee menu creation, food prep and culinary operations for the Danny Boy Bar and Grill as well as the resort’s new restaurant, The Barn set to open summer 2023. The Barn will feature comfort food in a casual and relaxed atmosphere, while the Danny Boy menu will include steaks, locally sourced seafood and farm-to-table offerings.

Born and raised in nearby Lake Chelan, Wash., Chef Lamkin has 25-plus years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Lamkin began his culinary career at a small volume restaurant called Hungry Belly, where he developed a love for cooking under the tutelage of owner Alex Eslava. From Hungry Belly, Lamkin continued to advance his culinary knowledge and creativity at restaurants throughout the Chelan Valley, including Campbell’s, Karma Vineyards and Wapato Point Cellars.

Lamkin credits a three-month trip to China when he was in his 20s for expanding his understanding of the Chinese culture, food and medicine. He developed deep affinity for Asian cooking and has studied how Chinese medicine and cooking are connected.

“Having grown up in Eastern Washington, I had become accustomed to volume order cooking and my time spent in China challenged my skills to feed people healthy and exciting food,” said Lamkin. “Joining the Gamble Sands team provides me with new culinary opportunities at one of the most gorgeous locations in the state. I have simple cooking philosophy that I like to share with others: Come prepared, be organized and cook with love.”

In 2022, Gamble Sands announced plans to build a second 18-hole, David McLay Kidd-designed championship golf course. Construction on the new course is underway with anticipated completion and grand opening in summer 2025. The yet-to-be-named course adds to an already impressive collection of golf and hospitality amenities at Gamble Sands. The property’s 18-hole, McLay Kidd-designed Sands Course opened for play in 2014 to widespread acclaim and is recognized as a Top 100 golf course in the United States. In 2021, Gamble Sands unveiled its 14-hole QuickSands short course (also a McLay Kidd layout) providing golfers with a fun and imaginative shot-making alternative to the Sands course.

In addition to the new golf course, the Inn at Gamble Sands, the 37-room on-property lodge, will also be enhanced with 36 more rooms added (for a total of 73 rooms). The Inn at Gamble Sands features oversized rooms that 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. Danny Boy Bar and Grill, and The Barn provide diners with more views of the Cascades and Columbia River Valley.

For more information on Gamble Sands, visit or call 509-436-8323.

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, 2022,” and also ranks No. 1 in “Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play” in Washington. It currently is No. 14 on GOLF’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play and No. 38 on Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. 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.

About Troon
Gamble Sands is managed by Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 750-plus locations, including 740-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf and ICON Management. For additional news and information, visit, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Troon Chronicles, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Magazine.

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Rob Myers