TROON GOLF SAYS G'DAY TO AUSTRALIA WITH THE OPENING OF SEVERAL NEW COURSES

Posted on January 16, 2001

Three Named by "Golf Australia" Magazine as Top 25

Scottsdale, Arizona - Troon Golf, the world leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing, has announced the opening of three new golf courses in Australia. The new facilities down-under all debuted on Golf Australia Magazine's "Top 25 Resort Courses" list for 2001, released in the January edition.

Glades Golf Club opened in mid-December 2000, and is the highest ranking Troon Golf property on the list. Owned by an investment group led by former British Open winner and Queensland, Australia native, Ian Baker-Finch, the Glades is an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed layout nestled in a creek side valley between Robina and historic Mudgeeraba, on the highly touted Gold Coast of Queensland. It has been described as one of Norman's best ever designs, challenging golfers of all abilities.

"The signature of this Greg Norman-designed course is its integration of the wetlands and bunkering around elevated greens," said Paul Stringer, Senior Vice President of Troon Golf Australia. "We are proud to be associated with such a great golf course facility."

Golf Australia Magazine ranked the Glades #8 on the list, the highest ranked new entry for the year. The magazine said, "…condition wise, the Glades is impeccable, and visitors could not ask for better playing surfaces". Baker-Finch added, "We've tried to create something special for all golfers. It's a true and fair test for golfers of any ability."

Another newly opened Troon Golf property is Pelican Waters Golf Club. This facility is a spectacular Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship course located near Golden Beach, Queensland, on the Sunshine Coast. The first nine holes of the course feature an extensive lake and wetlands system, while the second nine holes form the impressive links precinct.

"During my years of playing golf I have had the opportunity to visit hundreds of golf courses around the world," said Norman. "This experience has helped shape my thoughts and design philosophies as to what golfers of all levels expect from a golf course."

Golf Australia Magazine agreed with Norman's assessment, Pelican Waters opened in November 2000 and is already ranked # 10 on the resort course list. Golf Australia Magazine said this course "…immediately ranks on a par with the other great resort courses in the region."

The links style of golf, in its original form, attracts the interest of golfers everywhere. Such is the case with the Golf Club Kennedy Bay at Port Kennedy, Western Australia. Located 40 minutes south of Perth, this Ian Baker-Finch designed layout has given a new meaning to the phrase "wild, wild west". Described as an Aussie hybrid of everything that is great about golf in Britain and Scotland, the Golf Club Kennedy Bay features dramatic foxhole-type bunkering and undulating greens. Add in Australian scrub and the sights and sounds of the nearby Indian Ocean, and you have a golf course second to none in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Golf Club Kennedy Bay will open for play the end of January 2001. Golf Australia Magazine debuted the course at #11 on its prestigious list, saying the course is "… a marvelous golfing challenge that calls for all manners of shot making". Baker-Finch described the course as something special. "It is a true links layout and a great one at that," he said. "From the minute we saw the land, we knew we could do something good with it, but the finished product exceeded even our expectations."

Troon Golf will also manage two new Greg Norman-designed golf courses set to open over the next 18 months in Australia. The Vintage Golf Club in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales and Brookwater Golf Club, which is the first newly built golf course in the Brisbane area in nearly three decades.

Troon Golf's initial foray into the Australian golf market occurred in April 1999 when it took over the golf operations centre at Yarra Yarra Golf Club, the Dr. Alister MacKenzie designed gem in Melbourne's prestigious sandbelt region. Yarra Yarra Golf Club will host the 2001 Women's Australian Open.

Troon Golf currently represents more than 75 golf courses in 14 American states and 9 countries, including internationally renowned venues such as Turnberry Hotel, Golf Courses & Spa in Ayrshire, Scotland; Cabo del Sol in Los Cabos, Mexico; Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas; Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale, Arizona; The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Castle Rock, Colorado; Branson Creek Golf Club, Branson, Missouri; and The Westin Innisbrook Resort, Tampa Bay, Florida.

"Troon Golf creates extraordinary experiences at the greatest facilities in the world by providing superior service and playing surfaces," said Dana Garmany, Troon Golf Chairman and CEO. "We are very happy to provide golfers in Australia the ‘Troon Golf Experience' on a daily basis at all of our facilities. Our management operations include all components of golf course maintenance, golf course operations, and sales and marketing, as well as food and beverage. We anticipate a strong presence in Australia for many years to come." Scottsdale, Arizona - Troon Golf, the world leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing, has announced the opening of three new golf courses in Australia. The new facilities down-under all debuted on Golf Australia Magazine's "Top 25 Resort Courses" list for 2001, released in the January edition.

Glades Golf Club opened in mid-December 2000, and is the highest ranking Troon Golf property on the list. Owned by an investment group led by former British Open winner and Queensland, Australia native, Ian Baker-Finch, the Glades is an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed layout nestled in a creek side valley between Robina and historic Mudgeeraba, on the highly touted Gold Coast of Queensland. It has been described as one of Norman's best ever designs, challenging golfers of all abilities.

"The signature of this Greg Norman-designed course is its integration of the wetlands and bunkering around elevated greens," said Paul Stringer, Senior Vice President of Troon Golf Australia. "We are proud to be associated with such a great golf course facility."

Golf Australia Magazine ranked the Glades #8 on the list, the highest ranked new entry for the year. The magazine said, "…condition wise, the Glades is impeccable, and visitors could not ask for better playing surfaces". Baker-Finch added, "We've tried to create something special for all golfers. It's a true and fair test for golfers of any ability."

Another newly opened Troon Golf property is Pelican Waters Golf Club. This facility is a spectacular Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship course located near Golden Beach, Queensland, on the Sunshine Coast. The first nine holes of the course feature an extensive lake and wetlands system, while the second nine holes form the impressive links precinct.

"During my years of playing golf I have had the opportunity to visit hundreds of golf courses around the world," said Norman. "This experience has helped shape my thoughts and design philosophies as to what golfers of all levels expect from a golf course."

Golf Australia Magazine agreed with Norman's assessment, Pelican Waters opened in November 2000 and is already ranked # 10 on the resort course list. Golf Australia Magazine said this course "…immediately ranks on a par with the other great resort courses in the region."

The links style of golf, in its original form, attracts the interest of golfers everywhere. Such is the case with the Golf Club Kennedy Bay at Port Kennedy, Western Australia. Located 40 minutes south of Perth, this Ian Baker-Finch designed layout has given a new meaning to the phrase "wild, wild west". Described as an Aussie hybrid of everything that is great about golf in Britain and Scotland, the Golf Club Kennedy Bay features dramatic foxhole-type bunkering and undulating greens. Add in Australian scrub and the sights and sounds of the nearby Indian Ocean, and you have a golf course second to none in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Golf Club Kennedy Bay will open for play the end of January 2001. Golf Australia Magazine debuted the course at #11 on its prestigious list, saying the course is "… a marvelous golfing challenge that calls for all manners of shot making". Baker-Finch described the course as something special. "It is a true links layout and a great one at that," he said. "From the minute we saw the land, we knew we could do something good with it, but the finished product exceeded even our expectations."

Troon Golf will also manage two new Greg Norman-designed golf courses set to open over the next 18 months in Australia. The Vintage Golf Club in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales and Brookwater Golf Club, which is the first newly built golf course in the Brisbane area in nearly three decades.

Troon Golf's initial foray into the Australian golf market occurred in April 1999 when it took over the golf operations centre at Yarra Yarra Golf Club, the Dr. Alister MacKenzie designed gem in Melbourne's prestigious sandbelt region. Yarra Yarra Golf Club will host the 2001 Women's Australian Open.

Troon Golf currently represents more than 75 golf courses in 14 American states and 9 countries, including internationally renowned venues such as Turnberry Hotel, Golf Courses & Spa in Ayrshire, Scotland; Cabo del Sol in Los Cabos, Mexico; Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas; Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale, Arizona; The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Castle Rock, Colorado; Branson Creek Golf Club, Branson, Missouri; and The Westin Innisbrook Resort, Tampa Bay, Florida.

"Troon Golf creates extraordinary experiences at the greatest facilities in the world by providing superior service and playing surfaces," said Dana Garmany, Troon Golf Chairman and CEO. "We are very happy to provide golfers in Australia the ‘Troon Golf Experience' on a daily basis at all of our facilities. Our management operations include all components of golf course maintenance, golf course operations, and sales and marketing, as well as food and beverage. We anticipate a strong presence in Australia for many years to come."
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