Gamble Sands Evolves, Arnie, and More…

When the David McLay Kidd-designed Gamble Sands located in North Central Washington opened to much fanfare in 2014, I knew that the golf course–clearly the product of a more thoughtful Kidd with his mandate of creating a ‘fun’ golf course–would resonate and appeal to all golfers of all abilities. Whether it’s your average weekend warrior, collegiate player, or Tour Pro, Gamble Sands with its imaginative routing will tease and titillate.

Hole #2, Par 4
Hole #2, Par 4

Indeed, as someone who loves links golf, Gamble falls firmly in my top five all-time favorite golf courses to play. It’s just plain fun, folks!  The course really is top notch and deserves every accolade earned thus far, including Best New Golf Course in 2014 as judged by Golf Digest Magazine. Gamble’s only knock (and it’s a minor one), has been the absence of on-site accommodations. Up to now, golfers wanting to make the trek over the Cascades or Canadians venturing south (or everywhere in between) had to stay in nearby Brewster, a short 15 minute drive from the course. While there are some more than adequate accommodation options there, the appeal of waking up in one of Gamble Sands’37 brand new guest rooms or walking out your front door to the practice green, followed by an early morning tee time, should prove very appealing to golfers and non-golfers alike. Contributor Tony Dear gives us an in-depth look at the development of the new Inn at Gamble Sands which just opened September 01. Are you ready for an early fall Gamble Sands golfing trip?

Today (at the time of writing) the golfing world mourned the passing of Arnold Palmer, The King, at the age of 87.   His impact on the growth and evolution of the game of golf and his ability to bring golf to the masses is without question.  “Arnie’s” legacy is unparalleled.  I always felt—perhaps naively—that Arnie would live forever. His presence on recent television commercials and charismatic persona, not diminished one bit at the age of 87, only supported that notion.

While reality has proven otherwise, Arnie’s presence will continue to live on and continues to be firmly felt here in the Pacific Northwest.   His golf course design chops were put to good use while designing the highly respected Running Y in Oregon as well as Suncadia Resort’s Prospector and Semiahmoo in Bellingham–just to name a few. Jack Nicklaus recently summed it up best; “Arnold transcended the game of golf. He was more than a golfer– or even a great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend…”

Of course, the November issue of Golf Today NW will feature a special section to honor Mr. Palmer’s legacy. Stay tuned.

On a more uplifting note: exciting news from Team USA’s Ryder Cup HQ.  Puyallup native Ryan Moore joined Team USA, lending a much needed dose of good golfing “juju” late last month. Team USA Captain David Love III made his final Captain’s pick, no doubt based largely on Moore’s impressive TOUR Championship performance at East Lake.  Additionally, Moore’s solid 2016 body of work also includes wins at the John Deere Classic in August and top-10s at both The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship. We all know his match play ability is highly respected, having previously won the 2002 U.S. Amateur Public Links, and two years later both the NCAA Individual Championship and the U.S. Amateur—just to name a few of his amateur accolades. Bias aside, we think “RyMo” is a great pick for Team USA.  And knowing that making the Ryder Cup team has been a long-held dream of Moore’s, you know he will be playing to win and playing to ensure that damn Cup remains on U.S. soil. Game on!  Until next month…

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