GOLFWEEK NAMES "AMERICA'S BEST COURSES"

Posted on March 19, 2006

Fourteen Troon Golf-Managed Courses Recognized Including Resort, Daily Fee and Residential Properties

Scottsdale, Ariz. -Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is thrilled to recognize its fourteen managed courses that have been named to Golfweek's list of "America's Best" including resort courses, residential courses, and daily-fee facilities. In addition to those that were included in the state-by-state, residential and resort rankings, Quintero Golf & Country Club in Peoria, Arizona has again been named one of "America's Top 100 Modern Courses (post 1960)." This Rees Jones classic came in at No. 79 on the list this year.

Making their debut on the state-by-state ranking are Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club in Arizona and Lake of Isles in Connecticut. Troon Golf-managed courses that have been recognized include:

"State-by-State Rankings"
Arizona
No. 1 Troon North Golf Club - Monument course, Scottsdale
No. 3 Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club, Phoenix**
No. 5 Talking Stick Golf Club - North course, Scottsdale

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

Florida
No. 9 The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort - Copperhead course, Tampa Bay

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

Missouri
No. 1 Branson Creek Golf Club, Branson

Montana
No. 1 Old Works, Anaconda

Texas
No. 11 The Westin La Cantera Resort, San Antonio (**Making debut on list)

"Top 100 Resort Courses"
No. 48 The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort - Tampa Bay, Florida
No. 53 The Westin La Cantera Resort - San Antonio, Texas
No. 70 The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa - Tucson, Arizona

"Top 100 Residential Courses"
No. 14 Quintero Golf & Country Club - Peoria, Arizona
No. 31 Black Creek Club - Chattanooga, Tennessee
No. 46 Troon North Golf Club - Monument, Scottsdale, Arizona
No. 55 Haig Point - Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
No. 79 Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle, Scottsdale, Arizona

"We congratulate these fourteen outstanding courses for being named to Golfweek's "America's Best Courses" list, stated Hud Hinton, Troon Golf president and chief operating officer. "We are continually challenged to provide unparalleled golf experiences for all of our members and guests and are proud to see these facilities recognized by this leading industry publication."

Among the criteria used to rate these courses by Golfweek's course rater team 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 185 courses located in 28 states and 19 countries. Additionally, 32 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include The Peninsula Golf & Country Club, Millsboro, Del.; The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; The Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; Lake of Isles, North Stonington, Conn.; The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Castle Rock, Colo.; Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, Algarve, Portugal; Palmilla Golf Club, Los Cabos, Mexico; and The Grove, London, England. Scottsdale, Ariz. -Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is thrilled to recognize its fourteen managed courses that have been named to Golfweek's list of "America's Best" including resort courses, residential courses, and daily-fee facilities. In addition to those that were included in the state-by-state, residential and resort rankings, Quintero Golf & Country Club in Peoria, Arizona has again been named one of "America's Top 100 Modern Courses (post 1960)." This Rees Jones classic came in at No. 79 on the list this year.

Making their debut on the state-by-state ranking are Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club in Arizona and Lake of Isles in Connecticut. Troon Golf-managed courses that have been recognized include:

"State-by-State Rankings"
Arizona
No. 1 Troon North Golf Club - Monument course, Scottsdale
No. 3 Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club, Phoenix**
No. 5 Talking Stick Golf Club - North course, Scottsdale

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

Florida
No. 9 The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort - Copperhead course, Tampa Bay

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

Missouri
No. 1 Branson Creek Golf Club, Branson

Montana
No. 1 Old Works, Anaconda

Texas
No. 11 The Westin La Cantera Resort, San Antonio (**Making debut on list)

"Top 100 Resort Courses"
No. 48 The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort - Tampa Bay, Florida
No. 53 The Westin La Cantera Resort - San Antonio, Texas
No. 70 The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa - Tucson, Arizona

"Top 100 Residential Courses"
No. 14 Quintero Golf & Country Club - Peoria, Arizona
No. 31 Black Creek Club - Chattanooga, Tennessee
No. 46 Troon North Golf Club - Monument, Scottsdale, Arizona
No. 55 Haig Point - Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
No. 79 Troon North Golf Club - Pinnacle, Scottsdale, Arizona

"We congratulate these fourteen outstanding courses for being named to Golfweek's "America's Best Courses" list, stated Hud Hinton, Troon Golf president and chief operating officer. "We are continually challenged to provide unparalleled golf experiences for all of our members and guests and are proud to see these facilities recognized by this leading industry publication."

Among the criteria used to rate these courses by Golfweek's course rater team 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 185 courses located in 28 states and 19 countries. Additionally, 32 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include The Peninsula Golf & Country Club, Millsboro, Del.; The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; The Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; Lake of Isles, North Stonington, Conn.; The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Castle Rock, Colo.; Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, Algarve, Portugal; Palmilla Golf Club, Los Cabos, Mexico; and The Grove, London, England.
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