Getting To Know: Rope Rider Golf Course
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
Built along the site of the historic Roslyn No. 9, No. 10 and Tipple Hill mines, the public Rope Rider course is named in honor of the miners that maneuvered through the steep shafts. The par-72 JacobsenHardy golf course design tests experienced golfers with more than 7,300 yards from the tips, and also accommodates young golfers with youth tees placed at every hole, as well as offering shorter three- and six-hole loops for quick sessions with the family. Near the course is a five-acre Golf Park that includes a large practice putting green and three chipping greens. Open April 11 - October 5; closed Tuesdays.
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?
RopeRider is possibly the fairest test, with least severe bunkering, and expansive landing areas and playing corridors to forgive wayward shots. RopeRider was designed with all golfers in mind, incorporating junior tees and shorter routings to encourage families and golfers of all abilities to enjoy the course. Selecting the appropriate tees (there are six of them) will enhance the experience for all golfers.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
2011 - GolfWeek - Best new course
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
#7-#9 - Any of the three holes that circle "Tipple Hill", or the coal tailing pile left behind from the Old #9 mine, I believe to be the most recently operable coal mine in Roslyn. In fact, the mine shaft sits open and on display at the entrance of the winery for guests to enjoy, and appreciate just what the miners faced going to work every day.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
#3 is my favorite hole, another short par 4. Drivable with the right wind condition and tee selection, the green is very well guarded right and left, but with the ability to roll it on the front of the green. Wayward tee shots will be left with an awkward stance, making an up and down for birdie a challenge.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The Rope Rider overlooks #1 and #9 with the Tipple Hill as backdrop and your favorite wine from Swiftwater Cellars.
Back Tee Stats
Yardage: 7122 yards
Slope: 129 slope
Rating: 73.2 rating
Rope Rider Golf Course
3320 Suncadia Trail
Roslyn, Washington 98922
Revised: 10/14/2014 - Article Viewed 21,792 Times - View Golf Course Profile
Written By: 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.
Contact Brian Weis:
GolfTrips.com - Publisher and Golf Traveler