Posted on November 16, 2007
Scottsdale, Ariz. - Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce its agreement to manage the Golf Club at The Equinox, located at one of America's most historic resorts in Manchester Village, Vt.

Named by Golf Digest as one of the "75 Best Golf Resorts in North America," the Golf Club at The Equinox was originally designed by Walter Travis, a legendary amateur golfer and course architect in the 1920s. The par-71 course was later renovated in the early 1990s by world-renowned course architect Rees Jones. The course lies in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, providing crisp mountain views and picturesque backdrops at every hole.

"We are pleased to have been retained by HEI Hotels and Resorts to manage the Golf Club at The Equinox," stated Hud Hinton, president and COO, Troon Golf. "The Equinox Resort has delivered a memorable experience to its guests for over two centuries and we are eager to contribute to its distinguished history."

The Equinox Resort predates America's independence, dating back to 1769 and has hosted former presidents including Ulysses S. Grant and Teddy Roosevelt, as well as former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln. For more than 230 years, the resort has symbolized the elegance and grace of colonial and contemporary America. In addition to world-class golf, the 179-room resort offers unique activities and amenities that include Spa at The Equinox, falconry snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, mountain biking, archery, tennis, and off-road driving. The luxurious accommodations at The Equinox, which are currently undergoing a multi-million dollar refurbishment by renowned designer Geoffrey Bradfield, coupled with breathtaking scenery, have helped the resort earn several prestigious awards including AAA's "Four Diamond Award" for 14 consecutive years and a listing as the "No. 1 Luxury Resort in the Northeast" by Departures magazine and one of the "500 Greatest Hotels in the World" by Travel + Leisure magazine.

"Many of the country's top golf courses are managed by Troon Golf," stated Glenn Tuckman, senior vice president of operations and asset management, HEI Hotels and Resorts. "Our partnership at The Equinox Resort will bring world-class golf operations together with one of the most scenic and challenging golf courses in the Northeast."

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 29 countries. Additionally, 35 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; Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Haig Point, Daufuskie Island, S.C.; Azalea Golf Course, Sao Miguel, Azores; Playa Mujeres Golf Club, Cancun, Mexico; The Dunes at Dubai Sports City, Dubai, UAE; and The Grove, London, England.

HEI Hotels & Resorts, the owner/operator of The Equinox Resort, is a leading New England-based hospitality investment firm that acquires, develops, owns and operates first-class, full-service and luxury hotels throughout the United States under such well-known brand names as Marriott, Sheraton, Westin, Embassy Suites, and Hilton. For more information about HEI, visit the company's web site,
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