Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce that nine of its managed courses were recognized on Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Courses” list in the May 2009 issue. The biennial list ranked Black Diamond Ranch among “America’s 100 Greatest Courses” and five facilities as “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.” Two facilities were also named to the “100 Best Courses Outside the United States” list. Notable improvements were made by Old Works in Montana, which climbed 33 spots to No. 67 and Forest Dunes Golf Club in Michigan, now ranked No. 18 among the top public courses. Turnberry in Scotland, as well as Cap Cana’s Punta Espada Golf Club in the Dominican Republic, made their own moves toward the top of the “100 Best Courses Outside the United States” list. Turnberry now ranks No. 5 and Punta Espada Golf Club ranks No. 46.
Troon Golf-managed courses that received recognition include:
America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses
No. 89 – Black Diamond Ranch (Quarry), Lecanto, Fla.
America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses
No. 18 – Forest Dunes Golf Club, Roscommon, Mich.
No. 20 – Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort (Quarry), Biwabik, Minn.
No. 67 – Old Works, Anaconda, Mont.
No. 72 – Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort (Legend), Biwabik, Minn.
No. 93 – Branson Creek Golf Club, Branson, Mo.
100 Best Courses Outside the United States
No. 5 – Turnberry (Ailsa), Ayrshire, Scotland
No. 46 – Cap Cana (Punta Espada Golf Club), Juanillo Beach, Dominican Republic
No. 96 – Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, Algarve, Portugal
“We congratulate these courses for being recognized to Golf Digest’s most prized course rankings,” stated Hud Hinton, president and COO, Troon Golf. “These facilities continually strive to provide experiences that are unmatched in the industry and we are especially proud of their accomplishments.”
The Golf Digest Course Rating Panel is composed of more than 900 low-handicap men and women. The panel evaluates courses on seven criteria, giving each a scale of 1 (unacceptable) to 10 (perfect). The categories include: Shot Values, Resistance to Scoring, Design Variety, Memorability, Aesthetics, Conditioning and Ambience.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon Golf is the world’s largest golf management company, overseeing operations at properties located in 31 states and 26 countries. Additionally, 38 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.; Troon North Golf Club , Scottsdale, Ariz.; The Club at St. James Plantation , Southport, N.C.; Classic Club , Palm Desert, Calif.; Roco Ki , Punta Macao, Dominican Republic; and The Grove , London, England.