A links golf course is the oldest style of course. The word “links” is derived from ancient Scotland and refers to an area along a coast that often includes sand dunes and few, if any trees.
Although Gamble Sands is not technically coastal, the course is overlooking the Columbia River, in the high desert of North Central Washington. Gamble Sands is blessed with one of the most dramatic settings for true links golf in the world. The Sands course at Gamble Sands unfolds along a picturesque sandy ridge. By design, it delivers a true links golf experience with fine fescue and firm conditions on a scale that perfectly complements the wide-open spaces of central Washington.
If you have never played a links style course most golf instructors would advise players to adjust their playing style. Generally, the game is played closer to the ground. Since the terrain on a links course is naturally firm, players employ more bump-and-run shots. Putting from close off the green is also encouraged and keeping your ball flight low helps to lessen the effects the winds have on your ball flight.
On a links golf course, you will need some different shots than you will typically play at your local country club. Essentially on links golf courses you will want to master the driver in windy conditions. The old saying goes, “if it’s breezy, swing easy”. On the fairway but still have a mid iron to a well guarded green with deep fescue grass and pot bunkers awaiting the errant approach, cue the punch shot, a key on links golf courses.
Found on all links courses, escaping the pot bunker. First and foremost, don’t try to be a hero the goal is to get out. You will need to engage your creativity to bump an run from a tight lie and us the contours around or on the green to get the ball scooting up to the hole.
The Sands course offers a very playable experience that weighs in at 7,169 yards from the back tees and plays to a par 72. This is illustrated throughout the golf course, especially on the reachable par 4 2nd hole with its breathtaking view of the Columbia River, or perhaps on the split fairway of the par 4 14th hole. For a hole by hole course tour of Gamble Sands click HERE.
Challenge yourself to try something new. To view available tee times at Gamble Sands click HERE.