Laid out on high ground above the Cle Elum River, the spectacular 18-hole Tumble Creek mountain golf course is an understated Tom Doak layout that’s situated next to Suncadia Resort’s 36-hole golf complex.
Members and guests of the private Tumble Creek community enjoy privileged access to the four star resort and its two public 18-hole courses: “Prospector,” Arnold Palmer’s 2004 offering and the Jim Hardy/Peter Jacobson-designed “Rope Rider,” which opened in 2012.
In true minimalistic Tom Doak-style, very little earth was moved during construction of the course, except at the 450-yard 5th, which doglegs left down into a valley. On the back nine, back-to-back par fives precede the 405-yard 16th, a par four that veers past water on the left of the fairway to a green that’s heavily protected by sand on its right side.
When my home course hosted a pro tournament Tumble Creek was one the list of courses I could play at. Before that day I never heard of this place. But Damm, Golf heaven. Quiet and undisturbed arrived half and hour late, as a non-member no problems the staff treated me like royalty. Beautiful track excellent service and immaculate conditions.