Gamble Sands Golf

Gamble_Sand_hole_2There’s been a ton of hoopla about the new links course north of Chelan designed by David MacLay Kidd, the same architect who did Bandon Dunes in Oregon.  I thought this might me a quiet week to see for the course for myself so I set out this morning and teed off at Gamble Sands around 11:30. What a treat!  It’s a true links course, just missing the salt water air.  Rolling fairways, lots of fairway and greenside bunkers, huge multi-level greens and none of that deep grass rough… just sand and scruffy natural grasses and shrubs. With all the slopes and bunkers every shot is a little puzzle.  The 2nd hole, pictured above, is a perfect example.  It’s just a 260-yard par 4 but the green is well guarded by bunkers so you have to choose a layup past, short of or right of the big fairway bunker in the middle. 

I was very pleased to shoot an 86, recording eleven pars, albeit from the middle tees.  Predictably, missed fairways were very penal resulting in three triple bogeys.  I can’t wait to give it another go tomorrow morning.

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