Scottsdale, AZ – Readers of Golf Digest have awarded fourteen Troon Golf® managed facilities 4-1/2 star ratings for America’s best public-access golf courses in the magazine’s Best Places to Play issue (May 2004). According to Golf Digest, “real golfers sounding off on their favorite courses are the backbone of [the publication’s] biennial Best Places to Play ratings”, considered the most comprehensive survey in the industry. The legion of Golf Digest readers have spoken for the sixth time since 1994, voting on what they feel are the best public access courses in the country for a wide variety of reasons.

Places to Play ratings are derived from 20,000 ballots in which readers evaluate the overall golf experience, value for the money, standard of service, condition of the golf course and pace of play. Additionally, readers are encouraged to provide their candid commentary.

Troon Golf facilities earning merit in special categories:
Top Golf Courses Opened within Last Five Years: Branson Creek GC, Branson, MO (2000)
Top Golf Courses with Highest Green Fees: Troon North GC, Monument and Pinnacle, Scottsdale, AZ
Top Golf Course that allows metal spikes: Troon North GC, Pinnacle Course, Scottsdale, AZ

Troon Golf facilities earning Golf Digest Places You Can Play 4-1/2 Star Rating:
Talking Stick Golf Club, South Course, Scottsdale
Troon North Golf Club, Monument and Pinnacle Courses, Scottsdale
The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, Mountain and Canyon Courses, Tucson

Maderas Golf Club, Poway

The Glacier Club at Tamarron, Durango
The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Castle Rock
Sheraton Steamboat Resort & Conference Center, Steamboat Springs

The Legacy Golf Club, Bradenton
The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort, Copperhead and Island Courses, Palm Harbor

Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort, Biwabik

Branson Creek Golf Club, Branson

Old Works, Anaconda

Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch, Genoa

The Westin La Cantera Resort, Resort Course, San Antonio

“Troon Golf is honored to earn such superlative ratings for these magnificent golf courses,” stated Troon Golf President and Chief Operating Officer Hud Hinton. “Our company was founded on un-paralleled daily-fee club experiences, so we naturally place high value on the publication’s Places to Play rankings, as they directly reflect the experiences of our guests who rely on the Troon Golf brand.”

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf manages operations at more than 140 courses located in 26 states and 11 countries. Additionally, 28 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Talking Stick Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Maderas Golf Club, San Diego, Calif.; Lake of Isles Golf Club, North Stonington, Conn.; Vista Ridge Golf Club, Erie, Colo.; Kooindah Golf & Country Club, New South Wales, Australia; and Bearwood Lakes Golf Club, Berkshire, England.