Tumble Creek is the private side of Suncadia, just across the Cle Elum River from the resort lodge. Even with 450 home sites inside its gates, the natural beauty of the property and the elbow room we were given by the developer allowed for a golf course that doesn’t feel the least bit crowded by homes.
The golf course sprawls across 400 acres, with big views of the river and the mountains to the west framed by the evergreen trees that line its ample fairways. Though the setting is much different, we decided to style the features after the best parkland courses of the East, with classic tilted greens and tight bunkering that doesn’t try to compete with the landscape. When the winds pick up in the afternoon, the course can be quite testing, so it is often used for U.S. Open qualifiers.