Getting To Know: Tumble Creek
An Insightful Interview With Brady Hatfield, Director of Resort Golf Operations
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Brady Hatfield who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Designed by renowned golf course architect, Tom Doak, this private, members-only par-71 course is situated on a plateau above the Cle Elum River and modeled after the traditional parkland style golf clubs of the Northeast. With stunning views of the river valley and surrounding mountains, Tumble Creek includes manicured bent grass fairways that flow with the mountain topography, green shapes with significant movement and 100 natural edge bunkers that seamlessly blend in to the Northwest landscape. Open April 11 - November 2.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Suncadia Resort offers 54-holes of championship golf on three award-winning courses that range from the more difficult to family-friendly options, ensuring there is a course for golfers of all levels during their stay.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
The key to scoring at Tumble Creek is to keep your ball in play off the tee, on the correct side of most hole locations, and understanding how to navigate the bent grass fairways and approaches. Tumble Creek is not a course that requires a lob wedge, like most of the courses in the Seattle area. Many of the approaches and green surrounds are designed with the thought of playing the ball along the ground.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Host 2013 US Open Sectional Qualifying and 2014 NCAA Division 1 Regional Championship.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Honestly, all of them. Tumble Creek is the best collective 18 holes in the Northwest. If I had to pick one, well then I would pick 18. A dramatic, strong Par 4 finishing hole with an amphitheater like greens complex. Requires a great tee shot, a precise approach to navigate the deep and punishing bunkers and the toughest putts you will face the entire day. A Tom Doak Masterpiece.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
#18 is my favorite hole. A behemoth finishing hole, this 485 yard par 4 with an up hill second shot only provides relief when the prevailing wind is out of the west. The green is no bargain either, with a large bowl front / left providing the only amicable hole location for those hoping to birdie the last.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Tumble Creek Club has the best views in Suncadia looking toward Domerie Peak, Mt Baldy and Red Mountain shadowing Lake Cle Elum. Enjoy a bevy of options from Chef Chad Storms and your favorite beverage while watching playing finish up the dramatic 18th hole. A better place to enjoy a beverage can not be found anywhere else in the Northwest.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score? Alex Prugh, current PGA Tour professional and former UW Golf Team member posted a 65 for the Championship tees.
Back Tee Stats
Yardage: 7122 yards
Slope: 138 slope
Rating: 75.4 rating
3320 Suncadia Trail Roslyn, WA 98922
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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