Dan Gamble at the Saw Mill in Brewster, circa 1900
It is a huge understatement to say that landowners like the Gebbers Family are almost unheard of in the golf course construction world. Most courses have a limited amount of acreage, many with home sites and supporting infrastructure to navigate – all impacting the final design. Many pieces of land require a significant amount of manipulation (i.e., dirt moving) for a designer’s vision to be realized.
None of that was an issue when the Gebbers Family partnered with OB Sports’ founder, Orrin Vincent, to conceptualize a “no limits”, world class golf resort – in the middle of thousands of acres of apple and cherry orchards (the Gebbers Family’s multi-generational business) a three-hour drive from Spokane.
The concept of Gamble Sands began with the Gebbers’ vision of a high-end, Pacific Northwest destination resort community highlighted by a variety of outdoor recreational activities. The first step – the debut of the highly acclaimed Sands course – set the foundation for a future that includes another golf course, Quicksands, as well as the possibility of an additional 18-hole championship course and several other outdoor activities over time (remember: land is not an issue here!). It is the many outdoor activities, including world-class golf, surrounding Gamble Sands that provide guests with the type of flexibility that appeals to a wide range of interests. And with leadership tied to the local community for more than 100 years, the Gamble Sands project will develop deliberately with the health of the area’s economic diversity always in-mind.
OB Sports Golf Management, founded by Northwest native Orrin Vincent, was selected by the Gebbers’ management team to help bring their vision to life. Alongside a key group of people, OB has helped to make what we know today as Gamble Sands a reality.