Gorgeous Designs You've Gotta See: Gamble Sands

Gamble Sands is a course tucked away in Brewster, WA that opened to the public in 2014.

Released on 9/12/2016

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[Announcer] Golf Digest picked Gamble Sands
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as the best new course in America to open in 2014
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and it's easy to see why.
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We shouldn't label this destination as a total original,
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because there's nothing in golf architecture
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that hasn't been done before.
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Located in tiny Brewster, Washington,
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and open to the public, this two year old design
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by David McLay Kidd represents a move away
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from the demanding layouts that most architects,
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including Kidd, have created over the past 25 years.
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This beauty offers hope for a new trend
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that's refreshing and encouraging.
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Part of Gamble's unique appeal is the vast scale
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of the place, nearly 100 acres of tightly mowed turf
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atop a sprawling treeless plateau of sandy desert
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overlooking the Columbia River Valley in central Washington.
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Part of it is the sheer playability of the course
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with firm, fast fescue fairways that allow popcorn drives
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to roll out prodigious distances.
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And massive fescue putting surfaces so flawless
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as to make 10 footers seem like gimmes.
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Kidd shaped the layout with friendly contours
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meant to divert balls away from bunkers
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and toward landing areas and greens.
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He wants good players to relish opportunities to score
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and high handicappers to post their best round ever.
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But, what makes Gamble Sands truly distinctive
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is it's celebration of fun.
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It has moments of hit and giggle,
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of running to the crest of a hill to see where you went,
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of watching a ball trundle sideways down a slope,
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of using a putter from 50 yards off the green,
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of banking a shot off a mound and into the hole.
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This is golf for those who play the game
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expecting pleasure, not penance.
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If golf is lucky, Gamble Sands
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will become a model for the future.
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