Scottsdale, Ariz. (July 27, 2020) – Bayside Resort Golf Club in Fenwick Island and Bear Trap Dunes in Bethany Beach, Delaware have been recognized as the No. 1 and No. 5 respectively by Golfweek in the publication’s 2020 “Best Courses You Can Play in Delaware” ranking. Both properties are owned by Carl M. Freeman Golf, a division of Carl M. Freeman Companies, and managed by Troon.
Bayside Resort Golf Club opened for play in 2005 and is the state’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. 2020 marks the 14th consecutive year that Bayside Resort Golf Club has been recognized as the state’s top golf course by Golfweek. The stunning course meanders along the Assawoman Bay coastline and winds through magnificent pine forests. Golfers enjoy three distinctly different golf experiences as some holes are richly tree-lined, others wind through marshland and some boast wide-open fairways.
Bear Trap Dunes offers one of the area’s most unique and memorable golf experiences on the East Coast. Designed by Rick Jacobson, a former associate of Jack Nicklaus, the 27-hole facility features three different nine-hole courses, named Grizzly, Kodiak and Black Bear. Winding Bent grass fairways are lined with native wetland grasses and natural sand dunes.
“Now more than ever are we seeing golf as an activity that attracts those that want to get outdoors, keep fit, but still maintain a safe and healthy social distance. It’s a game you can take with you through the twilight of your life,” said Michelle D. Freeman, CEO of Carl M. Freeman Companies.
Golfweek annually publishes its ranking of the “Best Courses You Can Play, State-by-State,” “Best Private Courses,” the “Top 200 Classic” and “Top 200 Modern” courses. 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.
About The Carl M. Freeman Companies
For 73 years the Carl M. Freeman Companies have created places that enrich lives through their innovative and inviting places to live, work, shop and play. The company has developed and managed more than five million square feet of commercial space for shopping center and office use, servicing more than 1.1 million square feet of retail; built award-winning beach-front and golf course communities; and developed more than 20,000 homes in 50 residential communities across Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia. The Carl M. Freeman Companies is headquartered in Rockville, MD with a complementary office in Ocean View, DE.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 440-plus locations around the globe, including managing 475-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 475-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 43 states and 33 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Gamble Sands in Brewster, Washington; The Virginian and Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards in Bristol, Virginia; Kapalua Golf in Maui, Hawaii; Lofoten Links in Gimsoysand, Norway; and The Els Club Dubai in United Arab Emirates. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Troon Chronicles, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Magazine.