Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design Features Youth Tees and Shorter Loops

Roslyn, Wash. (July 20, 2011) – As one of only a small number of new courses opening in the country in 2011, Suncadia is excited to host a grand opening celebration of its third golf course, Rope Rider, on Friday, August 26, 2011.  The new course, located 90 minutes east of Seattle at the year round mountain resort, will challenge experienced golfers with more than 7,300 yards from the back tees and accommodate family golf with youth tees on every hole and shorter three and six-hole loops.

Built along the site of historic Roslyn Mines No. 9, No. 10 and Tipple Hill, the Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design is named in honor of the miners who precariously balanced themselves on the roped coal cars that maneuvered the steep mine shafts. The front nine and holes 11 and 12 were completed in 2006 and the remaining holes completed in 2010 with grown-in of all 18 holes to be finalized by the opening weekend.

The par-72 course opens to the public on Friday, August 12 and will feature family-friendly shorter loops and youth tees with distances of 80 to 150 yards from the center of greens. Holes one through six can be played in a short loop that returns to the clubhouse located at Swiftwater Cellars, holes seven through nine can be played for a three-hole loop and the traditional nine-hole loop can be played from holes one through nine.  Rope Rider will also have a more than five-acre short game area with a large practice putting green and three chipping greens designed to allow players to practice a wide variety of short game shots.  The chipping greens can be played as a reversible three-hole course with distances ranging from 80 to 110 yards.

“We at Suncadia, as well as our property owners and guests, have eagerly awaited the opening of Rope Rider,” said Jared Jeffries, club manager and superintendent of Suncadia Club and Tumble Creek Club.  “Rope Rider is the perfect resort course with a unique combination of features that cannot be found at many other properties – championship-style play for experienced golfers, youth tees for family play and a set of tees for all levels in between. The convenient shorter loops are ideal for families and company outings and require less time commitment than traditional four hour golf rounds.”

Suncadia’s Rope Rider opening events will kick off with the Deadliest Open Celebrity Golf Tournament, benefiting the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial, on August 26 and 27, featuring a special Captains Tournament at 9 a.m. on August 26 in which boat captains and crewmembers will play the Rope Rider course. Additional August 26 events include a golf clinic hosted by Rope Rider course designers Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., an autograph session from 6 to 7 p.m. with Jacobsen and boat captains and Suncadia’s 2nd Annual Summer Crab Feed and Concert from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Village Amphitheatre.

Rope Rider compliments Suncadia’s award-winning resort course Prospector and private club Tumble Creek.  Created by the Palmer Course Design Co., Prospector’s par-72 layout stretches out to 7,100 yards and its 18 holes are lined with Douglas firs and Ponderosa pines, with strategically placed lakes and ponds for risk-reward golf.  Tumble Creek, the par-71 plateau layout private course open exclusively to Tumble Creek Club members, was crafted by Tom Doak and stretches 7,070 yards from the back tees and the holes resemble classic parkland golf clubs with natural-edge bunkers, bent grass fairways and undulating greens.

Suncadia’s three golf courses headline a variety of luxury amenities at the resort including Portals restaurant, the Swim & Fitness Center and the Glade Spring Spa. Suncadia is the only resort of its kind to feature a winery within its boundaries, Swiftwater Cellars, which crushes grapes on-site and offers premium Swiftwater Cellars’ wines and Pacific Northwest cuisine, mountain outlooks, and championship golf.
The opening day golf clinic, autograph session and concert are complimentary for visitors. The Deadliest Open Celebrity Golf Tournament is $300 per foursome and participants can register at The Crab Feed is $85 per person until July 31 and $95 per person after August 1 and tickets can be purchased at  Rope Rider greens-fees will range from $60 to $100 depending on time of day and season.  For more information about Rope Rider or to schedule a tee time, visit or call (866) 904-6300.
About Suncadia
Suncadia has quickly become a recreational playground for Seattleites and travelers across the Pacific Northwest.  Located 90 minutes east of Seattle in the Cascade Mountains, Suncadia is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, offering a unique combination of activities and amenities that make it an ideal Northwest getaway.  Suncadia received the 2010 AAA Four Diamond Award and was selected as ‘Best New Resort Destination’ by Seattle Magazine in 2008.

Suncadia is set on six miles of pristine Cle Elum River frontage, with 80 percent of the resort community designated as open space.  It features over 50 miles of hiking and biking trails and is a certified Built Green Community.  Its two golf courses – Prospector Golf Course and the private Tumble Creek Golf Course – were ranked among the top ‘10 Best New Courses in America’ in 2006 by Golf Digest.  A third golf course, Rope Rider, is currently under construction.

Amenities at Suncadia include Portals restaurant, two bars, the Suncadia Swim & Fitness Center, a skating rink and outdoor amphitheater, and the LEED Silver-Certified Glade Spring Spa.  Ownership opportunities throughout the resort vary from condominiums to cabin-style homes to open lots for custom homes throughout nine individual neighborhoods.

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