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Gamble Sands’ Quicksands Course readies for 2021 debut

The David McLay Kidd-designed 14-hole short course continues its grow-in as crews prepare for a spring 2021 opening

Brewster, Wash. (October 7, 2020) – Gamble Sands’ David McLay Kidd-designed Quicksands Course continues its grow-in as crews prepare the 14-hole short course for its Spring 2021 debut.

The grow-in at Gamble Sands' Quicksands Course in Brewster, Wash.

With holes varying wildly from 60 to 180 yard and descriptively-named Plinko, Crater, Donut and Corkscrew, Quicksands will be a fun and challenging layout requiring imaginative and well-played shots. To further elevate the fun, Quicksands will feature a course-wide sound system and a unique design that encourages group-to-group and cross-hole banter.

“Short courses are popping up everywhere from Pebble Beach to Pinehurst, we wanted Gamble Sands guests to share in the fun,” said McLay Kidd. “Instead of making a small version of a full course, we decided to make a real big version of a putting course with wild shapes, semi-blind shots, a seamless grassed area. We wanted to elicit whoops and hollers from everyone that plays.”

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 laid out to the 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.

Tory Wulf, project manager at Gamble Sands, adds: “Everyone here just can’t wait to get people out there and see and hear the reactions to the course. DMK design has done it once again with their attention to detail and creativity. Their passion to be innovative with this small piece of ground will be truly fun to watch over the years to come.”

Gamble Sands, a “Top 100 Golf Resort” located in Brewster, Washington, will close for the 2020 golf season at the end of October and will reopen for resort and daily-fee play in April 2021.

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.

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, 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.

About OB Sports & Troon
Gamble Sands is professionally managed by OB Sports with the additional support from its parent company, Troon. OB Sports is a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success in the golf industry. Acquired by Troon in April 2019, OB Sports manages approximately 60 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States and two internationally. For more information on OB Sports, visit

Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 435-plus locations around the globe, including managing 470-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses in 40-plus states and 30-plus countries. 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 more than 485 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. For additional news and information, visit

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