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New Course Set to Open at Central Washington Resort


Suncadia, a sprawling resort near Roslyn in north-central Washington, will be unveiling its third course, Rope Rider, at a grand opening celebration on August 26th.

The year-round resort in the Cascade Mountains is located 90 minutes east of Seattle. Rope Rider will extend more than 7,300 yards from the tips while accommodating family golf with youth tees on every hole and shorter three- and six-hole loops.

Built on the site of historic Roslyn Mines Nos. 9 and 10 and Tipple Hill, the course, crafted by 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 finished in 2010, with grow-in of all 18 holes to be finalized by the opening weekend.

The par-72 track opens to the public on August 12. Rope Rider will feature a five-acre short-game area with a large practice putting green and three chipping greens, which 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 the resort's Prospector course - designed by Arnold Palmer's firm - and private Tumble Creek, which was designed by Tom Doak.

"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," Jeffries added. "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 course. Additional August 26 events include a golf clinic hosted by Rope Rider 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.

Created by the Palmer Course Design Co., Prospector's par-72 layout stretches 7,100 yards and its holes are lined with Douglas firs and Ponderosa pines, with strategically placed lakes and ponds for risk-reward golf. The par-71 Tumble Creek extends 7,070 yards from the tips. The layout features natural-edge bunkers, bentgrass fairways and undulating greens.

Rope Rider green fees will range from $60 to $100 depending on time of day and season. For more information, visit www.suncadia.com or call 866/904-6300.