Archive for September, 2014

Seahawks’ Opener

Yeah!  NFL is finally here again. The Seahawks should be a really fun team to watch this season, no matter the win-loss record.

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Gamble Sands, Day 2

What a scrumptious morning.  Cool and sunny with just a bit of breeze.  After a great warm-up I set out for my second round at this spectacular course.  Once again, I had the course to myself.  I didn’t have the same shot quality as yesterday and the combination of the wind and back tees added to the challenge. Still, I pared holes 16 and 18 to shoot 89, a very satisfying result.

The 14th hole is another example of the many choices the golfer faces on every tee box.  Here you can take an aggressive short route between bunkers on the left or bail out to the huge landing are to the right where you still have a long iron to the green. 

14th hole, par 4, 408 from the back tees.

14th hole, par 4, 408 from the back tees. The green is at the very top left, behind that little strip of sand.

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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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