Just back from a quick golf trip before heading back east. My buddy Jeff Benezra and I met my pal Aaron Walley and his pal Steve Ward at a new course in Eastern Washington called Gamble Sands.
Prediction: Gamble Sands will be Washington’s Bandon Dunes. And if either of you don’t think I know what I’m talking about, just ask Golf Digest. It recently named Gamble the Best New Course in America. I likened it to a rugged Castle Stuart. That’s a good thing: CS is ranked no. 56 in the world.
Place was simply outstanding. A big boy design from David McLay Kidd but a very playable one thanks to its massive fairways (great for me) and excellent bent/fescue greens. (Chambers Bay should be so lucky.) I shot 85 the first day but rebounded with a 73 the next — my best round of the year. Although I did not hit the ball particularly well, I scored because I was able to avoid most of the massive bunkers that killed my card the day before. Oh, and Gamble also had what has to be the Northwest’s most beautiful cart girl — a little added incentive for the four-hour drive.
I suspect I’ll be coming back year at least once a year for the next several. Gamble will also be a new addition the next time I update my Whipping It Out list. Oh, and a Greenspan Cup or two is almost certainly in Gamble’s future.