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Does this golf resort have the best putting course in the US?

As the sun sets over the Cascade Mountains, the golf course at Gamble Sands Golf Club in eastern Washington bustles with activity. Golfers emerge from the back door of their bedroom, putter in one hand and often a drink in the other, to throw putts on the resort’s wildly undulating two-acre green created by golf course architect David McLay Kidd . Set high above the Columbia River, the contours of the course are bathed in late-day shadows and an exclamation from a wedge is a sure signal that a tricky putt has fallen.

The Cascades at Gamble Sands is one of a slew of sprawling putting courses that have become increasingly popular at destination golf resorts, and it just might have the best location in all of 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 unquestionably among the best in the game: the 100,000 square foot Punchbowl adjacent to the clubhouse on the first tee of the Pacific Dunes golf course, and Thistle Dhu just steps from the gates of the Pinehurst clubhouse, next to the par-3 recently added to the complex. course called The Cradle.

Streamsong Resort in Florida has “The Gauntlet”, Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri has the Tom Watson course at Mountain Top, Forest Dunes in northern Michigan has a two-acre layout called “HillTop”, and Erin Hills in Wisconsin has ” The Drumlin’, which wraps around a ridge and features lights for after-sun play. Pebble Beach Golf Links has just opened a new putting course alongside its redone par-3 course, “The Hay “, and Kohler Golf in Wisconsin, home of Whistling Straits, is opening a two-acre putting course this summer with 18 or 27-hole routings in conjunction with its new par-3 course.

But what makes the Cascades Putting Course at Gamble Sands particularly unique, beyond the stunning water and mountain views, is that it’s located directly behind the resort’s five lodges and 37 rooms. Proximity is unmatched, providing easy access to an approximately 175-yard-long green, or allowing guests to sit on their back porches or balconies to watch the action unfold – not to mention the sun reflecting off the river before it sets over the mountains in the distance.

“The size is overwhelming and the view is beyond it,” said Gamble Sands general manager Blake Froling, noting that the Cascades golf course is popular with golfers and non-golfers alike, complementing the 18-hole course at the complex. Sands Championship Course and new Quicksands 14 hole, par 3 course.

“It ends up being the place that brings everyone together and out of their rooms,” Froling added. “Being located a stone’s throw from your hotel rooms, you can enjoy the green as if it were in your own backyard.”

There’s also a small heated pool and fire pit adjacent to the putting course, in addition to event space. There are of course the necessary wrought-iron cup holders and, for those who want to practice their putting after the sun goes down, glow-in-the-dark balls available from the nearby visitor center.

While other putting courses, like Punchbowl and Thistle Dhu, are special social spots and lots of fun for groups big and small, the Cascades might just have the best overall location in the country, helping to make Gamble Sands l one of the most notable in the game. -locations to come.