Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to recognize its managed facilities named to Golf Magazine’s “Premier Resorts” rankings for 2010. This year’s list continued the tradition of allowing avid golfers to vote on their favorite properties on the magazine’s website. More than 6,000 golf enthusiasts offered their opinions to build the biennial guide, listing the 100 greatest resort destinations in North America. As noted in the list below, a total of six properties within the Troon Golf portfolio made their exciting debut as Silver Medal Resorts and two properties made enormous improvements to advance into the Golf Medal category. In all, 18 Troon Golf-managed facilities were included in the following categories:
Gold Medal Resorts
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North – Scottsdale, Ariz.
One & Only Ocean Club – Paradise Island, Bahamas (moved up one category)
The Phoenician – Scottsdale, Ariz. (moved up one category)
St. Regis Princeville (Makai Golf Club) – Kauai, Hawaii
Silver Medal Resorts
Cap Cana – Juanillo Beach, Dominican Republic (new to the list)
The Equinox Resort – Manchester Village, Vt. (new to the list)
Foxwoods Resort & Casino (Lake of Isles) – North Stonington, Conn. (new to the list)
One & Only Palmilla – Los Cabos, Mexico (new to the list)
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa (Indian Wells Golf Resort) – Indian Wells, Calif. (new to the list)
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa (Whirlwind Golf Club) – Chandler, Ariz. (new to the list)
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa – Scottsdale, Ariz. (new to the list)
The Westin La Cantera Resort – San Antonio, Texas
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa – Tucson, Ariz.
Additionally, Golf Magazine listed top picks for quality golf and accommodations in each region of the country in “Best in Your Area” as well as a list of “Resorts to Watch.” Troon Golf-managed facilities listed as “Best in Your Area” include One & Only Ocean Club, Caribbean; One & Only Palmilla, Mexico; St. Regis Monarch Beach, California; Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, and The Phoenician, Arizona; Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort, Midwest; Inn at Entrada, Rocky Mountains; The Equinox Resort, Seaview Golf Resort, and Foxwoods Resort Casino (Lake of Isles), Northeast. WaterColor Inn (Camp Creek Golf Club) was named in the “Resorts to Watch” category.
“We are pleased to receive such recognition from the readers of Golf Magazine,” stated Hud Hinton, president and CEO, Troon Golf. “This speaks volumes for the close relationships Troon Golf has developed with the world’s great hotel operators and we congratulate them and our associates for their efforts to provide the best possible resort golf experience.”
Voting for the “Best Golf Resorts” was based on four criteria: golf, lodging, food & drink, and service. Forty percent of the resort recognition was based on golf, considering factors such as challenge, playability, scenery, history, facilities and service. The rest of the score was equally weighed among lodging, food & drink, and overall service at the resorts.
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, 39 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Oneida Golf & Country Club , Green Bay, Wis.; Troon North Golf Club , Scottsdale, Ariz.; The Golf Club at Equinox, Manchester Village, Vt.; Classic Club , Palm Desert, Calif.; One&Only Ocean Club , Paradise Island, Bahamas; and The Grove, London, England.