Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce that 22 of its managed properties have been named to the 2011 Golfweek’s “Best Courses” list. Comprised of the best resort and residential golf courses, as well as the best courses located in the Caribbean and Mexico, the accolades were featured in Golfweek’s annual “Definitive Guide to The Golf Life” publication. Eight Troon Golf-managed facilities were also recently named by Golfweek as the “Best Casino Courses” in the United States.
Troon Golf-managed properties that received recognition by Golfweek magazine include:
Best Residential Courses
No. 12 Pronghorn – Fazio – Bend, Ore.
No. 13 Black Diamond Ranch – Quarry – Lecanto, Fla.
No. 37 Forest Dunes Golf Club – Roscommon, Mich.
No. 41 Quintero Golf & Country Club – Peoria, Ariz.
No. 57 Red Ledges Golf Club – Heber City, Utah
No. 67 Black Creek Club – Chattanooga, Tenn.
No. 82 Troon North Golf Club – Monument – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Top 50 Courses of the Caribbean and Mexico
No. 32 Roco Ki – The Faldo Legacy Course – Macao, Dominican Republic
No. 39 Palmilla Golf Club – Mountain and Arroyo – Los Cabos, Mexico
No. 43 Ocean Club – Paradise Island, Bahamas
Caribbean and Mexico Courses of Distinction
Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club – Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Top 100 Resort Courses
No. 29 Pronghorn – Nicklaus – Bend, Ore.
No. 59 Talking Stick Golf Club – North – Scottsdale, Ariz.
No. 75 The Club at Savannah Harbor – Savannah, Ga.
No. 81 Lake of Isles – North – North Stonington, Conn.
No. 90 Southern Dunes Golf Club – Maricopa, Ariz.
No. 92 Cache Creek Casino Resort (Yocha Dehe Golf Club) – Brooks, Calif.
Resort Courses of Distinction
Classic Club – Palm Desert, Calif.
Indian Wells Golf Resort – Indian Wells, Calif.
The St. Regis Monarch Beach (Monarch Beach Golf Links) – Dana Point, Calif.
The Westin La Cantera Resort – San Antonio, Texas
The Westin La Paloma Resort – Tucson, Ariz.
Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass – Chandler, Ariz.
Best Casino Courses
No. 14 Talking Stick Golf Club – North – Scottsdale, Ariz.
No. 19 Lake of Isles – North – North Stonington, Conn.
No. 20 Southern Dunes Golf Club – Maricopa, Ariz.
No. 21 Cache Creek Casino Resort (Yocha Dehe Golf Club) – Brooks, Calif.
No. 26 Sequoyah National Golf Club – Cherokee, N.C.
No. 31 Talking Stick Golf Club – South – Scottsdale, Ariz.
No. 38 Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass – Cattail – Chandler, Ariz.
No. 42 Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass – Devil’s Claw – Chandler, Ariz.
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.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon Golf is the world’s largest golf management company, overseeing operations at properties located in 31 states and 23 countries. Additionally, 45 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Brynwood Golf & Country Club, Armonk, N.Y.; Sequoyah National Golf Club , Cherokee, N.C.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club, Brooks, Calif.; Kooindah Waters Golf Club , New South Wales, Australia; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; and Costa Navarino, Messinia, Greece.