Construction has begun on a new par three layout at the Gamble Sands Resort in Washington State, aptly named the QuickSands course. Designed by David McLay Kidd, who also designed the main Gamble Sands Course, Quick Sands is set upon roughly 12 acres of land and will feature 14 holes, their lengths varying from 70 to 135 yards.
According to Kidd, “a lot of ‘one-shotters’ in the world don’t allow for a ground game … you have to carry it to the target. With QuickSands, we are encouraging the ground game with giant slopes and movement to allow golfers to be creative and use the ground. If four golfers play a hole four different ways, that will be fun and differentiate the experience.”
QuickSands will be the first par three course in the David Kidd portfolio, and feature generous short grass turf areas and flexibility in terms of both tee and pin locations. Course set-up can vary greatly from day-to-day, and guests will be encouraged to play the course with only a handful of clubs – and quickly.
Although there will be 14 greens, on some days QuickSands may only have 12 pins, ensuring the playing experience is different from day to day.
General Manager at Gamble Sands, Brady Hatfield, expects the new course to become a social hub. “QuickSands will be compact so guests can interact and socialize with each other,” said Hatfield. “We expect lots of ‘whooping and hollering’ throughout the course, giving it a strong social vibe. Plus, QuickSands will be fun to play, with very limited forced carries, wider turf area, and lots of shot options.”
According to various media reports, construction of the QuickSands course is expected to be completed this year, with an official opening sometime in Spring 2021.
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