Gamble Sands Golf Club in Brewster, Wash. is 125 acres of fine fescue grasses designed by renowned golf course architect David McLay Kidd.
Here, golfers enjoy the feeling of pure golf with panoramic vistas, and the beautiful Cascade Mountains and Columbia River meandering through the distance on every hole. No planes buzz overhead, no traffic rattles in the background. It’s just you, your playing partners, and golf – the way it was meant to be played.
The Sands course is a true links layout set in the high desert of Central 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 second hole, with its breathtaking view of the Columbia River, or perhaps on the split fairway of the par-4 14th.
New for 2021: QuickSands – Built for Fun
“Historically, short courses were often afterthoughts, squeezed into useless corners for non-golfers to go try their hand,” says Kidd. “Today, short courses have become a serious addition to world-class golf resorts. The best land is sought, the best talent is brought to bear, expectations are high, and we don’t plan to disappoint.”
Indeed, Kidd says that the 14-hole QuickSands, being constructed east of the Gamble Sands clubhouse between the driving range and the entry road, sits on “maybe the best piece of terrain on the whole property” on a 25-acre parcel of sand dunes. The holes range from 60 to 160 yards and have names such as “Plinko” and “Crater” and “Corkscrew” based on the shapes of the wildly-contoured greens awaiting players.
“I think that when the golfers get out there, they’re going to be shaking their heads and chuckling, and figuring out how they’re going to get the golf ball close,” says Kidd.
Stay and Play at Gamble Sands
The Inn at Gamble Sands was designed with you in mind. First and foremost, the resort wanted a lodging experience that was as comfortable and memorable as the golf course itself.
The spacious accommodations and relaxing spaces sprinkled throughout the Inn provide a renewing respite for those seeking peace and quiet, while still encouraging exploration of the many refreshing outdoor attractions found in this unique part of Washington, including world-class golf. It is the confluence of tranquil internal privacy and lively exterior community that truly separates The Inn at Gamble Sands from all others.
The Inn is the type of place where people gather together at the end of the day, share stories, enjoy refreshments, take in the fiery sunsets, or just simply gaze at the nearby Columbia River and Cascade Mountains on the horizon.
The Inn’s oversized rooms perfectly match the wide-open nature of Gamble Sands – big rooms open to the big golf course, framed by even bigger views that sweep across the Columbia River Valley. The sheer scale of this special place lies at the heart of its charm, something that certainly appeals to golfers and non-golfers alike.
Lastly, with so much natural beauty surrounding Gamble Sands, the lodging accentuates the many spectacular sight lines to ensure that they remain unobstructed for guests to enjoy for generations to come.
Danny Boy Bar & Grill – dining and drinks with a view
Danny Boy Bar & Grill is a gathering place for golfers and casual diners alike. Large garage-style doors roll open to reveal the golf course and practice green in the foreground as well as views of the Cascades and Columbia River Valley on the horizon.
Raised on fresh fare harvested on-property and throughout the communities of Central Washington, the resort takes pride in serving the same locally-sourced food and drink at Gamble Sands. Fresh-baked bread, juicy just-picked produce are just a few of the down-home delicacies on the menu.
Same goes for the beverages – craft beer and regional wine selections fill the menu. And, as a year-round destination, many of the dishes feature the ripeness of seasonal flavors.