Resort Presents Inaugural Three-day Tournament at Rope Rider Golf Course

Roslyn, Wash. – (August 5, 2013) – Suncadia, a year-round mountain resort community located 80 miles east of Seattle, gives golfers a chance to “Win your Weight in Wine” at the Swiftwater Classic golf tournament from August 26th through 28th. The three-day tournament, held on Suncadia’s award-winning Rope Rider golf course, features a unique prize for tournament participants as well as fine wining and dining at Swiftwater Cellars, which crushes grapes onsite and offers premium wines and Pacific Northwest cuisine.

The tournament will follow fourball format (two person better ball) and feature a grand prize to “Win your Weight in Wine”. The winning two-person team will receive cases of Swiftwater Cellars wine weighing the equivalent to the golfers’ combined weight. The inaugural tournament allows participants to experience all Suncadia has to offer as the only resort of its kind to feature championship golf, mountain outlooks and a winery within its boundaries and the only golf operation in the country with a pro show located in a working winery.

“With a distinctive wine prize, the opportunity to golf in an unmatched setting and fantastic wining and dining, the Swiftwater Classic is sure to become a sought-after golf tournament for years to come,” said Brady Hatfield, director of golf operations at Suncadia. “We are excited to welcome friendly competition to our unmatched Rope Rider course.”

The three-day tournament schedule includes:

Monday, August 26

  • 2 p.m. – tournament registration at Rope Rider Pro Shop located in the Swiftwater Cellars winery
  • 4 p.m. – optional horserace on the Rope Rider golf course with entry fee of $50 per team
  • 7 p.m. – welcome reception sponsored by Suncadia Real Estate Sales Company at Swiftwater Cellars

Tuesday, August 27

  • 7 a.m. – continental breakfast at Swiftwater Cellars
  • 9 a.m. – shotgun start on Rope Rider course
  • Dinner and live music at Swiftwater Cellars immediately following play

Wednesday, August 28

  • 7 a.m. – continental breakfast at Swiftwater Cellars
  • 9 a.m. – shotgun start on Rope Rider course
  • Awards and reception at Swiftwater Cellars immediately following the conclusion of golf

Registration is $399 per person and includes all meals and activities included in the tournament schedule as well as an optional practice round on August 25, welcome gifts, intra-resort transportation and club storage. A reduced tournament rate of $329 is available to participants who book a three-night stay at Suncadia in conjunction with the tournament; overnight rates in Suncadia’s Pacific Northwest-inspired guestrooms start at $129. Tickets for the Swiftwater Classic are available through TicketWeb.

Opened in August 2011, Rope Rider, which was named 2011 Best New Course of the Year by Golf Magazine, is the newest course at Suncadia. Rope Rider’s par-72 course is a Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design and boasts more than 7,300 yards from the back tees and accommodates family golf with youth tees on every hole and shorter three and six-hole loops.

Suncadia also features two additional courses. Named one of the "Best New Public Courses" by Golf Digest magazine and selected as one of the Top 50 new courses by Golf Week Magazine in 2007, the Prospector course is 18 holes of exquisite mountain golf. Created by the Palmer Course Design Company, the course is playable for all skill levels and presents challenges for the more experienced golfer. Tumble Creek, Suncadia’s private club, features a stunning layout modeled after classic parkland style golf clubs with natural-edge bunkers, bent grass fairways and undulating greens. The course, opened in 2005, was crafted by Tom Doak, acclaimed for his work on Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Ore. The par-71 layout blends naturally into a plateau above the Cle Elum River Valley and stretches 7,122 yards from the championship tees. In 2007, Golf Digest recognized Tumble Creek in its “America’s Best New Courses” rankings, placing the course #7 in the Best New Private Course category.

Suncadia’s golf courses headline a variety of luxury amenities at the resort including Portals Restaurant, the Swim & Fitness Center and the Glade Spring Spa. For more information about the Swiftwater Classic, please visit www.suncadia.com.

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About Suncadia

Suncadia has quickly become a recreational playground for Seattleites and travelers across the Pacific Northwest.  Located 80 miles east of Seattle in the Cascade Mountains, Suncadia is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, offering a unique combination of activities and amenities that make it an ideal Northwest getaway and resort residential community.  Suncadia Resort received the 2013 AAA Four Diamond Award, the fourth time the resort has received this award since its opening in 2007.

Suncadia is set on six miles of pristine Cle Elum River frontage, with 80 percent of the resort community designated as open space.  It features over 50 miles of hiking and biking trails and is a certified Built Green Community.  Its three golf courses - Prospector and Rope Rider Golf Courses and the private Tumble Creek Golf Course - were ranked among the top ‘10 Best New Courses in America’ in 2006 and 2011 by Golf Digest.  Rope Rider, was named 2011 Best New Course of the Year by Golf Magazine.

Amenities at Suncadia Resort include Portals restaurant, two bars, the Suncadia Swim & Fitness Center, a skating rink and outdoor amphitheater, and the LEED Silver-Certified Glade Spring Spa.  Ownership opportunities throughout the resort vary from condominiums to cabin-style homes to open lots for custom homes throughout nine individual neighborhoods.  Suncadia Resort is operated by Destination Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Lowe Enterprises, Inc.  For more information about Suncadia, please visit www.suncadia.com.

Suncadia is also home to the renowned Swiftwater Cellars winery, Washington’s ultimate destination winery, offers guests an unparalleled experience complete with fine wine and excellent service. Please visit www.swiftwatercellars.com

About Destination Hotels & Resorts

Destination Hotels & Resorts is the country’s fourth largest hospitality management company with a portfolio of extraordinary resorts and hotels that span the nation, from exhilarating alpine adventures to stunning beachfronts to vibrant urban destinations. Celebrating its 40thanniversary in 2013, Destination manages 40 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, each offering authentic, enriching experiences for the discerning traveler. The company’s award-winning collection features 113 unique restaurants, lounges and bars, 18 golf courses, 17 full-service spas and six IACC certified conference centers. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in premier locales in metropolitan and resort markets including Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Maui, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Aspen, Vail, Lake Tahoe, Seattle, Denver and San Diego. Headquartered in Colorado, the privately owned company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises and the Lowe Hospitality Group.  For more information on Destination Hotels & Resorts, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

About Swiftwater Cellars

Swiftwater Cellars is nestled on the historic Roslyn No. 9 Coal Mine in the heart of the Cascade Mountains.  Its unique location within the renowned Suncadia resort makes it a destination within a destination, offering premium Swiftwater Cellars’ wines, Pacific Northwest cuisine, mountain outlooks and championship golf.  Swiftwater Cellars is the focal point of Northwest living with European Style.  It provides a natural sense of mountain elegance; ideal for weddings, private events and family gatherings.  Swiftwater Cellars sits on the Cascade Mountains along Interstate 90, just a short 90 minute drive from Seattle.