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Fire Pit Collective developing storytelling series on Gamble Sands, documenting history and construction of new golf course

Brewster, Wash. (May 25, 2023) – Multimedia company The Fire Pit Collective is documenting the history of Gamble Sands and following the construction of the property’s new 18-hole, David McLay Kidd-designed championship golf course for a multi-platform series. Construction on the highly-anticipated ‘second course’ at the Top 100 Golf Resort is underway with grand opening scheduled for summer 2025.


Throughout the multi-year project, Fire Pit Collective and host Matt Ginella will follow the journey of the new course, from design concept and ground breaking to completion and first rounds. Ginella will sit down with McLay-Kidd, interview Gebbers Farms CEO Cass Gebbers and Gamble Sands Project Manager Tory Wulf, as well as individuals who were key in the development of the golf destination. The result will be a multipart storytelling series by The Fire Pit Collective, combining prose, video and podcasts to tell the incredible Gamble Sands story.  Watch a preview of the series on YouTube at

The concept of Gamble Sands began with the Gebbers family vision of creating a high-end, Pacific Northwest destination resort highlighted by a variety of outdoor recreational activities. With thousands of acres to choose from on the Gebbers farm, including acres of apple and cherry orchards, the family partnered with OB Sports’ founder, Orrin Vincent, to conceptualize a ‘no limits’ world-class golf resort. Soon thereafter, the Gebbers and Vincent approached McLay-Kidd with their shared vision. Years later, in the summer of 2014, the highly acclaimed Sands course debuted at Gamble Sands. Located on a sandy plateau above the Columbia River, the Sands course is currently listed among ‘Golfweek's Best: Modern Courses, 2023,’ and also ranks among ‘Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play’ in Washington. The course is 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.

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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 2022, Gamble Sands announced plans to build the second 18-hole, David McLay Kidd-designed championship golf course. The yet-to-be-named course adds to an already impressive collection of golf and hospitality amenities at Gamble Sands. 

In addition to the new golf course, the Inn at Gamble Sands, the 37-room on-property lodge, is also being enhanced with 40 more rooms added (for a total of 77 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 property’s new dining venue The Barn (opening summer 2023) provide diners with more views of the Cascades and Columbia River Valley.

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Ginella has been covering golf for 26 years – first at Sports Illustrated, then Golf Digest and Golf World magazines and most recently for Golf Channel, where he appeared as the Travel Insider for “Morning Drive” and wrote for Golf He is the founder of The Fire Pit Collective, a modern media company composed of authentic and diverse perspectives focused on informing, inspiring and entertaining their readers, followers, and listeners.

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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

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 765-plus locations, including 760-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

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