Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce that 19 of its managed properties have been named to the 2012 “Golfweek’s Best Courses” list. The accolades are comprised of the best resort and residential golf courses, along with the best courses located in the Caribbean and Mexico, and the best new courses as well.

Notable rankings on the “Top 100 Resort Courses” list include Silverado Resort and Spa in California, which made the list for the first time after opening the Johnny Miller re-designed North course, as well as Southern Dunes Golf Club in Arizona, which jumped an impressive 30 spots from last year to No. 60 on the current list. The “Best Residential Courses” list saw Quintero Golf Club in Arizona, Red Ledges Golf Club in Utah, and Black Creek Club in Tennessee, all improve their positions as well.

Troon-managed properties that received recognition by Golfweek magazine include:

Top 100 Resort Courses
No. 17 Kapalua – Plantation – Maui, Hawaii
No. 29 Pronghorn – Nicklaus – Bend, Ore.
No. 49 Silverado Resort and Spa – Napa, Calif.
No. 60 Southern Dunes Golf Club – Maricopa, Ariz.
No. 71 Talking Stick Golf Club – North – Scottsdale, Ariz.
No. 78 The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa – Savannah, Ga.
No. 93 Lake of Isles – North – North Stonington, Conn.
No. 99 Cache Creek Casino Resort (Yocha Dehe Golf Club) – Brooks, Calif.

Best Residential Courses
No. 12 Pronghorn – Fazio – Bend, Ore.
No. 25 The Golf Club at Black Rock – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
No. 37 Quintero Golf Club – Peoria, Ariz.
No. 41 Red Ledges Golf Club – Heber City, Utah
No. 63 Black Creek Club – Chattanooga, Tenn.
No. 96 Troon North Golf Club – Monument – Scottsdale, Ariz.

Top 50 Courses of the Caribbean and Mexico
No. 41 Palmilla Golf Club – Mountain and Arroyo – Los Cabos, Mexico
No. 44 Ocean Club – Paradise Island, Bahamas
No. 48 Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club – Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Best New Courses
No. 14 Conestoga Golf Club – Mesquite, Nev.
No. 23 Sequoyah National Golf Club – Cherokee, N.C.

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 is the world?s largest golf management company, overseeing operations at Troon Golf® (daily-fee & resort) and Troon Privé (private) properties located in 31 states and 26 countries. Additionally, 47 Troon facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon 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.

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