Tumble Creek is a private gated community at Suncadia Resort, located 80 miles east of Seattle. It is one of three top-ranked courses to which club members have access.

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CLE ELUM — For most golf enthusiasts, having a top-ranked course in your backyard would be a dream. So how about three top-ranked courses?

That’s reality for members at Tumble Creek.

Tumble Creek is a private gated community at Suncadia Resort, located 80 miles east of Seattle. Beyond the community’s gates lies Tumble Creek Golf Course, which Golf Digest calls one of Washington’s top tracks and one of the country’s best private courses.

“The course is as exclusive as they come, open only to members of the Tumble Creek Club, which in turn is open only to those who own property in the private community,” says Jared Jeffries, the club manager.

Tumble Creek was designed by Tom Doak, one of the world’s most celebrated golf architects. The result is a course that fits beautifully into its scenic setting, Jeffries says. “You have this incredible mountain setting, and in the middle of it is a pristinely maintained, world-class golf course.”

Jeffries says his team takes great care to maintain the condition of the course, which features bentgrass fairways. “They’re in the best condition of any fairway you’ve played in your life. We take pride in that.”

Those conditions have attracted the golf elite. Tumble Creek has hosted U.S. Open qualifying rounds and NCAA regional events. But unlike many champion courses, Jeffries says, Tumble Creek isn’t punishing.

“It’s a great test of golf, but it doesn’t beat you up every day,” he says. “It’s a course that members of all handicaps will enjoy playing.”

Tumble Creek is one of three top-ranked courses to which club members have access. Just over the river at the core of Suncadia Resort are 36 additional holes, each offering a different golf experience.

The Arnold Palmer-designed Prospector is Suncadia’s original course, and what first attracted many families to make a home at the resort, Jeffries says. It’s a championship-caliber course and, he says, “a joy to play.”

Rope Rider, designed by Jacobson Hardy, is particularly appealing to beginners and families. “It’s a friendlier track where you can score a little better,” Jeffries says.

He says most members play the majority of their rounds on their backyard course, where no tee times are required and where Tumble Creek residents feel most at home.

Tumble Creek has become a close-knit community, Jeffries says, brought together by shared amenities such the Hill House Swim and Fitness Center; Weekley Park, with its sports courts and playhouse; and Sasse Mountain Outpost glamping facility.

“We celebrate all sorts of things together, almost every weekend,” says Phil Bivens, a Tumble Creek resident and club member. “One of our favorite community events is the Corkscrews Wine Club. We gather in a different home each month with a wine vintner and our chef. Together they create wine and food pairings for us.

“Golf is what draws a lot of families here, but the community is what really captures your heart, and makes this home.”