The Cascades putting course at Gamble Sands Golf Club in Brewster, Washington.
As the sun sets over the Cascade Mountains, the putting course at Gamble Sands Golf Club in east Washington is buzzing. Golfers walk out the back door of their room with a putter in one hand and often a drink in the other to roll putts on the resort’s wild rolling two-acre green, designed by golf architect David McLay Kidd. Located high above the Columbia River, the contours of the course are bathed in late daytime shadows and an exclamation from a corner is a sure sign that a tricky putt has been made.
The Cascades at Gamble Sands are one of a variety of sprawling putting courses that are becoming increasingly popular in golf resorts, and they may have the best location in the United States
Others are perhaps better known, like The Punchbowl at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the Oregon Coast or Thistle Dhu at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Both are undoubtedly some of the best of the game: the 100,000-square-foot punchbowl that sits next to the clubhouse on the first tee of the Pacific Dunes golf course, and Thistle Dhu just steps outside the doors of the Pinehurst clubhouse next to the resort’s recently added par-3 course called The Cradle.
The Streamsong Resort in Florida has “The Gauntlet,” the Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri has the Tom Watson Putting Course in Mountain Top, Forest Dunes in Northern Michigan has a two-acre facility called “HillTop” and Erin Hills in Wisconsin has ” The Drumlin “” that winds around a ridge with lights to play with after the sun goes down. Pebble Beach Golf Links has just opened a new putting course alongside its revamped par-3 “The Hay” layout, and Kohler Golf, Wisconsin, home of Whistling Straits, is opening a two-acre 18-acre putting course this summer. or 27-hole routings in connection with his new par 3 course.
The HillTop Putting Course in Forest Dunes in Northern Michigan
But what makes the Cascades Putting Course in Gamble Sands particularly unique, in addition to the magnificent water and mountain views, is that it is located directly behind the five lodges and 37 guest rooms of the resort. The proximity is second to none, offering easy access to a roughly 175-foot putting green or allowing guests to sit on the back porch or balcony to watch the action – not to mention the sun reflecting off the river before it goes down over the mountains in the distance.
“The sheer size is overwhelming and the view is simply overwhelming,” said Blake Froling, General Manager of Gamble Sands Championship Sands Course and the newer, 14-hole, par-3 Quicksands Course.
“This is the place where everyone comes together and comes out of their rooms,” added Froling. “Since you are one step away from your hotel rooms, you can enjoy the putting green as if it were in your own yard.”
The Cascades Putting Course at sunset with views of the Columbia River and the Cascades Mountains in … [+]
In addition to event rooms, there is also a small heated pool and a fireplace next to the putting course. There are of course the matching wrought-iron cup holders and for those who want to practice putting after sunset, in the neighboring guest center, glowing balls in the dark.
While other putting courses, such as Punchbowl and Thistle Dhu, are special hangouts and great fun for large and small groups, the Cascades may have the best overall location in the country and help make Gamble Sands one of the most notable up-and-des Game will -incoming locations.
The Cascades Putting Course, on the right, is just behind the five guest lodges in Gamble Sands.