SCOTTSDALE, AZ – With the ever-growing presence of women on the golf course, developing a course that is “women friendly” is on top-of-mind for architects and designers alike. Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing takes great pleasure in recognizing the following courses that were chosen as part of Golf for Women’s annual list of the “Top 50 Courses for Women” in the publication’s July/August issue.
The courses, all public in scope, were rated on playability, multiple tee offerings, layout, aesthetics, amenities and overall quality. Those Troon Golf-managed facilities that received this accolade include:
13. The Lodge at Ventana Canyon – Mountain course; Tucson, AZ
22. The Westin La Cantera Resort- Resort course; San Antonio, TX
25. Monarch Beach Golf Links; Dana Point, CA
26. Troon North® Golf Club – Pinnacle course; Scottsdale, AZ
38. Prescott Lakes Golf Club; Prescott, AZ
While not many golf architects are women, most are beginning to heed the needs of women. What this entails includes forward tee boxes that are equal to those that are rear — in both size and elevation, and no or limited forced carry – usually 60 yards or less. When forced carry is unavoidable, women-friendly architects provide alternate routes to the green – often referred to as bailout areas. In addition to course design, women friendly courses tend to make available higher-end amenities and specialized services to their female guests than are normally found in a typical golf facility. Some of these may include: high-end spa products in locker rooms, availability of top-brand rental clubs, ladies oriented golf instruction by female LPGA professionals, and most importantly, a staff that understands and caters to the differences between men and women.
“We congratulate these facilities for being included in this prestigious list of women-friendly courses,” stated Troon Golf President and Chief Operating Officer Hud Hinton, “This recognition confirms Troon Golf’s commitment to helping make golf more accessible for women at every level of the game.”
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf manages operations at more than 140 courses located in 26 states and 12 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.