Posted on April 10, 2008
Scottsdale, Ariz. - Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce it has been selected to manage Royal Dunes Golf Club, a private club surrounded by the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert and located in Maricopa, Ariz.

Built in 2002, this Fred Couples and Schmidt-Curley-designed golf course was created in the tradition of some of the world's most coveted courses. Royal Dunes' focus has always been to provide their members and guests with the finest playing surfaces and the ultimate challenge for their game. The course is spread over 320 acres, using about twice the land of a typical golf course, which has been transformed from flat terrain into a magnificent landscape of towering mounds, hollowed valleys and deep, sand-faced bunkering. The design team also combined wide, receptive fairways and stands of native grasses to create a course that is a visual departure from the desert golf layouts typical of the area.

"We are excited to be involved with Royal Dunes Golf Club and believe that our management practices will contribute positively to the experience of the members and guests," stated John Easterbrook, executive vice president, operations, Troon Golf.

Royal Dunes was designed to offer a unique playing opportunity to test players of all levels of expertise. From the tips, this dunes-style design offers even scratch golfers a game that demands precise shots from tee to green. Playing at lengths up to 7,500 yards down to 6,500 yards from the forward tees, the imaginative layout includes strategic bunker placement, generous landing areas and multi-level greens that are often mentioned among the best in the Southwest.

"Troon Golf is unquestionably the international leader in exclusive club management worldwide and we are excited to have them involved at Royal Dunes," stated Richard Zacher, owner, Royal Dunes Golf Club. "The benefits they bring to our current members and their proven ability to help grow membership and increase revenues will be key components to our future success. Troon Golf's expertise in operations, agronomy and marketing, coupled with their commitment to excellence in member and guest services, will take Royal Dunes to a whole new level."

The club, which recently changed its policy to welcome female golfers, provides a relaxed and welcoming environment intended to serve an intimate membership that is serious and passionate about the game of golf. In its short history, Royal Dunes has already earned the reputation of a "true player's course" that provides a pure golf experience.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf is the world's largest golf management company, overseeing operations at more than 195 courses located in 31 states and 31 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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