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August 16th, 2017

Cascade Golfer Magazine poll of industry insiders and players’ votes leads to blowout result

BREWSTER, Wash. — Gamble Sands has been named the Top Public Golf Course in the state of Washington by Cascade Golfer Magazine, in its biennial Top-10 Rankings List. In a poll that included players, writers, photographers and other industry experts, Gamble Sands earned an impressive 40 first-place votes, equaling the rest of the top-five combined, with 2015 U.S. Open host Chambers Bay (17 first-place votes) a distant second.

“We are extremely pleased with the Cascade Golfer’s poll confirming what the ownership, course designer, management, and staff have known for a long time now: Gamble Sands is without a doubt the finest conditioned pure fescue golf course in the world,” said Orrin Vincent, OB Sports Chairman and Founder. “We have heard from so many players it’s a bucket list, once-in-a-lifetime experience to stay and play at Gamble Sands. But we disagree – Our wonderful patrons are invited back as often as they please!”

“It’s a fantastic accolade for a great golf course,” said Gamble Sands Golf Course Superintendent Chip Caswell. “Opportunities for American golfers to play links golf, on fine fescue grasses, are rare – there are only a handful of links golf courses in the United States. We are passionate about providing great playing conditions, and as a staff we couldn’t be prouder of this honor.”

Designed by David McLay Kidd (Bandon Dunes, Tetherow) and opened in 2014, Gamble Sands plays 7,169 yards from the back tees, and to a par 72. Industry experts have remarked it’s more like playing Kidd’s earlier work at Bandon, with an emphasis on having fun. Its playability is illustrated throughout the golf course, especially on the reachable par-4 2nd hole with its breathtaking view of the Columbia River serving as a backdrop, or even on the split fairway of the par-4 14th. Cascade Golfer Editor Brian Beaky agreed, noting in the article, “Gamble Sands was a runaway winner with both our experts — nearly two-thirds of whom ranked Gamble at the top of their ‘best of’ lists — and readers, who overwhelmingly favored the links-style course nestled between the Columbia River and the rolling hills of north-central Washington.”

Gamble Sands is celebrating its new title with an all-new Stay & Play Package, combining with the new Inn at Gamble Sands, as well as the brand-new 50,000 square-foot Cascades Putting Green, for an unforgettable retreat on the bluffs above the Columbia River. Call (509) 436-8323 to book yours today, or visit for more information.

About Gamble Sands
Located in Brewster, Wash., Gamble Sands features a new 18-hole, 7,169-yard Sands golf course designed by famed Scottish-born course designer, David McLay Kidd.  Overlooking the nearby Columbia River, Gamble Sands was named the Best New Course in America by Golf Digest in 2014, was named to Golfweek Magazine’s Best Modern Courses for 2015, and was recently named the Top Public Golf Course in Washington by Cascade Golfer Magazine. Gamble Sands also offers a complete practice facility, pro shop, café and pub, with on-site lodging at The Inn at Gamble Sands recently completed, as well as a brand new 50,000 square-foot Cascades Putting Green. For more information, visit, or call (509) 436-8323.
About Gebbers Farms
Gamble Sands is owned by the Gebbers Family, whose Brewster, Wash.-based Gebbers Farms has become one of the top apple growers in the northwestern U.S., and the largest provider of cherries in the world, for two reasons: quality and freshness. With many thousands of acres of engineered orchard and strategically located high up at the base of Washington state’s Cascade Range, the renowned Gebbers family has practiced the art of freshness for well over a century. Gebbers Cattle raises top quality Angus beef in Brewster, using a structured program to continually improve the herd’s genetics and retain carcass data. Gebbers Cattle spend most of their lives within 30 miles from home, enjoying mountain pastures and native range lands during the spring, summer, and late fall months.
About OB Sports
Gamble Sands is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success in the golf industry.  OB Sports currently manages close to 60 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States and the Bahamas. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information about OB Sports Golf Management, visit, call (480) 948-1300, become a Fan of OB Sports on Facebook, follow OB Sports on Twitter, or visit the OB Sports YouTube channel.

David Bataller | (480) 948-1300