SNOQUALMIE, Wa. – Another Boeing Classic is history and the party’s over.
Better make that “parties” as residents in the houses and condos located on the edges of TPC Snoqualmie Ridge return to their normal routines on Monday.
There are homes with close proximity to 12 of the 18 holes of the Jack Nicklaus-designed course and many of the residences were hosting parties during the three-day Champions Tour event.
“This is our favorite weekend of the year,” said Katie Rose, the co-host for a six-hour Saturday bash held less than 20 yards from the first tee. Her partner in life, and in party-planning, is husband Justin Rose — a golfer but not the
golfer of the same name.
“His swing is just a little better than mine,” the local Rose smiled when asked about the “other” Justin Rose — the fifth-ranked golfer in the world. “It’s been going on for a while now. This is our fifth or sixth year and we really
enjoy it. Fortunately for us, it is just one day – Saturday.
“I’m not sure our livers could handle more than one day.”
The Rose Party took up most of Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and somewhere between 65 and 75 friends and neighbors stopped by for food and drink, not necessarily in that order.
A two-cart supply of food and drink from Costco was plenty for their visitors.
With so many people in such a small area so close to the first tee, noise could irritate the golfers.
“We used to have a “Quiet” sign, but now if it gets a little noisy, someone just says ‘shhhh’ and it gets quiet. Most of our guests know the routine.”
Do any of the golfers stop by to say hello after they tee off?
“Our favorite is Michael Allen,” Justin said. “He remembers us from previous years, when we got a little crazy, and he’ll come by. That’s who we are rooting for this week and hope he can pull off a victory.”
Meanwhile, more than a Fred Couples drive away along the 18th fairway, Tim and Jennifer Barnes were commiserating with several friends in the back yard of their home.
Unlike last year, when more than 200 friends, family and strangers participated in a Saturday post-round party that featured a local band, the Barnes’ decided to downgrade this year and go all-out again in 2015.
“We moved in about a month before the Boeing six years ago and had no idea what it was all about,” Tim said. “We had a few friends over and it just kind of snowballed after that. We had about 200 people last year and it was a lot of fun. The party started literally the minute the last golfer finished and lasted until about 11ish.”
Finding a party — or few — was no problem this year as the Boeing Classic ended its first decade on the Champions Tour. The Snoqualmie community is close-knit to begin and has become even closer over the years as residences near the golf course increased.
“We moved here in 2001 and there have been a lot of changes,” Rose said. “The tournament has gotten bigger and better.”