GOLFWEEK NAMES "AMERICA'S BEST COURSES"

Posted on March 13, 2008

Troon Golf-Managed Courses Recognized in Top Modern, Resort, Daily-Fee, and Residential Categories as well as Top Courses of the Caribbean and Mexico

Scottsdale, Ariz. -Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce that 22 of its managed courses have been named to Golfweek's list of "America's Best Courses" comprised of resort, residential, and daily-fee facilities. In addition to those included in the state-by-state, residential and resort rankings, Forest Dunes Golf Clubin Michigan and Quintero Golf & Country Club in Arizona both improved their rankings on the prestigious list of "America's Top 100 Modern Courses" (post 1960). Forest Dunes moved up eight spots to No. 84, while Quintero Golf & Country Clubjumped 16 spots to No. 78. Courses that made the state-by-state rankings for the first time include Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass in Arizona, Classic Club in California and The Club at Savannah Harborin Georgia. The Sagamore Club in Indiana also made its debut as one of "America's Top 100 Residential Courses."

Troon Golf-managed courses that received recognition as "America's Best Courses" include:

State-by-State Rankings

Arizona
No. 3 Troon North Golf Club - Monument course , Scottsdale
No. 4 Talking Stick Golf Club - North course , Scottsdale
No. 7 Golf Club of Estrella , Goodyear
No. 13 Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle course , Scottsdale
No. 16 Talking Stick Golf Club - South course , Scottsdale
No. 20 Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass - Cattail , Chandler

California
No. 7 Classic Club , Palm Desert

Colorado
No. 10 The Ridge at Castle Pines North , Castle Rock

Connecticut
No. 1 Lake of Isles - North course , North Stonington

Florida
No. 6 Camp Creek Golf Club , Panama City Beach

Georgia
No. 3 The Club at Savannah Harbor , Savannah

Michigan
No. 2 Forest Dunes Golf Club , Roscommon

Minnesota
No. 1 Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort - Quarry course , Biwabik

Missouri
No. 1 Branson Creek Golf Club , Branson

Montana
No. 2 Old Works , Anaconda

New Jersey
No. 4 Sand Barrens Golf Club , Swainton

Vermont
No. 2 Golf Club at The Equinox , Manchester

Top 100 Resort Courses

No. 40 Lake of Isles - North course - North Stonington, Conn.

Top 100 Residential Courses

No. 27 Forest Dunes Golf Club - Roscommon, Mich.
No. 28 Quintero Golf & Country Club - Peoria, Ariz.
No. 49 Black Creek Golf Club - Chattanooga, Tenn.
No. 59 Troon North Golf Club - Monument - Scottsdale, Ariz.
No. 68 The Sagamore Club - Noblesville, Ind.
No. 85 Haig Point - Daufuskie Island, S.C.
No. 91 Shark's Tooth Golf Club - Lake Powell, Fla.

Top 50 Courses of the Caribbean and Mexico

No. 3 Cap Cana - Juanillo Beach, Dominican Republic
No. 15 Palmilla Golf Club - Mountain and Arroyo - Los Cabos, Mexico
No. 25 Ocean Club - Paradise Island, Bahamas

"We congratulate these facilities for being recognized on Golfweek's list of top courses," stated Hud Hinton, president and COO, Troon Golf. "These facilities continually strive to provide unparalleled golf experiences for their members and guests and we are proud to see them honored by this leading industry publication."

Among the criteria used by Golfweek's panel of course raters include:

Ease and intimacy of routing - The extent to which the sequence of holes follows natural contours and unfolds in an unforced manner.
Variety and memorability of par 3s, 4s and 5s - Different clubs hit; extent to which the angles of play create interesting and varied playing options; and extent to which holes offer variety of options from the tee and on the second shot.
Basic quality of conditioning - Variety of playing textures; extent of turf coverage; consistency and quality of bunker sand.
"Walk in the park" test - Degree to which the course ultimately is worth spending a half-day on.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf is the world's largest golf management company, overseeing operations at more than 190 courses located in 32 states and 32 countries. Additionally, 37 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Oneida Golf and Country Club, Green Bay, Wis.; The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; The Clubs at St. James Plantation, Southport, N.C.; Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Haig Point, Daufuskie Island, S.C.; Playa Mujeres Golf Club, Cancun, Mexico; and The Grove, London, England. Scottsdale, Ariz. -Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce that 22 of its managed courses have been named to Golfweek's list of "America's Best Courses" comprised of resort, residential, and daily-fee facilities. In addition to those included in the state-by-state, residential and resort rankings, Forest Dunes Golf Clubin Michigan and Quintero Golf & Country Club in Arizona both improved their rankings on the prestigious list of "America's Top 100 Modern Courses" (post 1960). Forest Dunes moved up eight spots to No. 84, while Quintero Golf & Country Clubjumped 16 spots to No. 78. Courses that made the state-by-state rankings for the first time include Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass in Arizona, Classic Club in California and The Club at Savannah Harborin Georgia. The Sagamore Club in Indiana also made its debut as one of "America's Top 100 Residential Courses."

Troon Golf-managed courses that received recognition as "America's Best Courses" include:

State-by-State Rankings

Arizona
No. 3 Troon North Golf Club - Monument course , Scottsdale
No. 4 Talking Stick Golf Club - North course , Scottsdale
No. 7 Golf Club of Estrella , Goodyear
No. 13 Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle course , Scottsdale
No. 16 Talking Stick Golf Club - South course , Scottsdale
No. 20 Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass - Cattail , Chandler

California
No. 7 Classic Club , Palm Desert

Colorado
No. 10 The Ridge at Castle Pines North , Castle Rock

Connecticut
No. 1 Lake of Isles - North course , North Stonington

Florida
No. 6 Camp Creek Golf Club , Panama City Beach

Georgia
No. 3 The Club at Savannah Harbor , Savannah

Michigan
No. 2 Forest Dunes Golf Club , Roscommon

Minnesota
No. 1 Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort - Quarry course , Biwabik

Missouri
No. 1 Branson Creek Golf Club , Branson

Montana
No. 2 Old Works , Anaconda

New Jersey
No. 4 Sand Barrens Golf Club , Swainton

Vermont
No. 2 Golf Club at The Equinox , Manchester

Top 100 Resort Courses

No. 40 Lake of Isles - North course - North Stonington, Conn.

Top 100 Residential Courses

No. 27 Forest Dunes Golf Club - Roscommon, Mich.
No. 28 Quintero Golf & Country Club - Peoria, Ariz.
No. 49 Black Creek Golf Club - Chattanooga, Tenn.
No. 59 Troon North Golf Club - Monument - Scottsdale, Ariz.
No. 68 The Sagamore Club - Noblesville, Ind.
No. 85 Haig Point - Daufuskie Island, S.C.
No. 91 Shark's Tooth Golf Club - Lake Powell, Fla.

Top 50 Courses of the Caribbean and Mexico

No. 3 Cap Cana - Juanillo Beach, Dominican Republic
No. 15 Palmilla Golf Club - Mountain and Arroyo - Los Cabos, Mexico
No. 25 Ocean Club - Paradise Island, Bahamas

"We congratulate these facilities for being recognized on Golfweek's list of top courses," stated Hud Hinton, president and COO, Troon Golf. "These facilities continually strive to provide unparalleled golf experiences for their members and guests and we are proud to see them honored by this leading industry publication."

Among the criteria used by Golfweek's panel of course raters include:

Ease and intimacy of routing - The extent to which the sequence of holes follows natural contours and unfolds in an unforced manner.
Variety and memorability of par 3s, 4s and 5s - Different clubs hit; extent to which the angles of play create interesting and varied playing options; and extent to which holes offer variety of options from the tee and on the second shot.
Basic quality of conditioning - Variety of playing textures; extent of turf coverage; consistency and quality of bunker sand.
"Walk in the park" test - Degree to which the course ultimately is worth spending a half-day on.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf is the world's largest golf management company, overseeing operations at more than 190 courses located in 32 states and 32 countries. Additionally, 37 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Oneida Golf and Country Club, Green Bay, Wis.; The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; The Clubs at St. James Plantation, Southport, N.C.; Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Haig Point, Daufuskie Island, S.C.; Playa Mujeres Golf Club, Cancun, Mexico; and The Grove, London, England.
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