Gamble Sands’ QuickSands short course opens

Gamble Sands’ QuickSands short course opens

The 14-hole David McLay Kidd design features “wild holes impossible to replicate on full courses.”


GambleSands’ David McLay Kidd-designed QuickSands Course is now open for play. The 14-hole short course opened for resort and daily-fee play on May 1 with Gamble Sands project manager Tory Wulf hitting the ceremonial first shot.

Described as fun and challenging, QuickSands requires imaginative and well-played shots. Hole lengths vary from 60 to 180 yard and carry descriptive names such as Plinko, Crater, Donut and Corkscrew. The course features a sound system throughout and the design encourages group-to-group and cross-hole banter.

Crews broke ground on QuickSands in late winter 2020, with grassing taking place in June. McLay Kidd and partner Nick Schaan worked with the crew, running equipment and shaping with hand tools.

“Short courses are all the rage — and so they should be,” McLay Kidd said. “Golfers love short holes. It’s a chance for success. It’s immediate gratification. QuickSands, however, has a different twist, wild holes, impossible to replicate on full course type holes. If you ask for the yardage, you’re not getting the concept. It’s about reading the ground and imagining a shot. Maybe it’s a chipped 7 iron or a low checking wedge, it might be a putter off the tee, it could be every one of those shots in the same group.”

Located in Brewster, Washington, Gamble Sands reopened for resort and daily-fee play in April after being closed for the winter. McLay Kidd’s award-winning course designs include Gamble Sands, Bandon Dunes and Mammoth Dunes.