Gamble Sands’ Quicksands short course preps for 2021 debut

Gamble Sands’ Quicksands short course preps for 2021 debut

David McLay Kidd design packs 14 holes, all 180 yards or shorter, into 25 acres.


Gamble Sands’ David McLay Kidd-designed Quicksands Course continues its grow-in as crews prepare the 14-hole short course for its Spring 2021 debut.

With holes varying wildly from 60 to 180 yards and descriptively named Plinko, Crater, Donut and Corkscrew, Quicksands will be a fun and challenging layout requiring imaginative and well-played shots. Quicksands will feature a course-wide sound system and a unique design that encourages group-to-group and cross-hole banter.

“Short courses are popping up everywhere from Pebble Beach to Pinehurst, and we wanted Gamble Sands guests to share in the fun,” McLay Kidd said. “Instead of making a small version of a full course, we decided to make a real big version of a putting course with wild shapes, semi-blind shots, a seamless grassed area. We wanted to elicit whoops and hollers from everyone that plays.”

Crews broke ground on Quicksands in late winter 2019-20, with grassing taking place in June. McLay Kidd and partner Nick Schaan were hands-on in the creation of Quicksands, working with the crew, running equipment and shaping with hand tools. Quicksands is laid out to the east of the Gamble Sands clubhouse, between the range and the entry road, on a 25-acre parcel of heaving and rolling sand dunes — of which the team took full advantage.

“Everyone here just can’t wait to get people out there and see and hear the reactions to the course,” Gamble Sands project manager Tory Wulfsaid. “DMK Golf Design has done it once again with their attention to detail and creativity.  Their passion to be innovative with this small piece of ground will be truly fun to watch over the years to come.”

Located in Brewster, Washington, Gamble Sands will close at the end of October and reopen for resort and daily-fee play in April.

McLay Kidd’s award-winning course designs include Gamble Sands, Bandon Dunes and Mammoth Dunes.