The new golf course features youth tees and shorter loops.
As one of only a small number of new courses opening in the country in 2011, Suncadia Resort, Roslyn, Wash., celebrated the grand opening celebration of its third golf course, Rope Rider, late in August. 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 finalized by the opening weekend.
The par-72 course features 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 also has 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.
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