Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce that 28 of its managed courses have been named to the list of Golfweek’s Best Courses in the United States. Pronghorn (Fazio course) in Oregon, Kapalua Golf Resort (Plantation course) and Forest Dunes Golf Club in Michigan, were yet again listed on the prestigious list of the Top 100 Best Modern Courses (post 1960). Among the courses that made the Best Courses You Can Play, State-by-State rankings for the first time include Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass (Devils Claw course and Cattail course) in Arizona, Yocha Dehe Golf Club in California and Conestoga Golf Club in Nevada. An impressive number of six Troon Golf-managed courses ranked No. 1 in their respective states, namely Lake of Isles (North course) in Connecticut, Bayside Resort Golf Club in Delaware, Kapalua Golf Resort (Plantation course) in Hawaii, Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort (Quarry course) in Minnesota, Branson Creek Golf Club in Missouri and Old Works in Montana.
Troon Golf-managed courses named among Golfweek’s Best include:
Best Courses You Can Play, State-by-State
No. 2 Troon North Golf Club – Monument course, Scottsdale
No. 7 Talking Stick Golf Club – North course, Scottsdale
No. 8 Southern Dunes Golf Club, Maricopa
No. 9 Troon North Golf Club – Pinnacle course, Scottsdale
No. 17 The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa – Ridge/Canyon course, Tucson
No. 18 Golf Club of Estrella, Goodyear
No. 19 Talking Stick Golf Club – South course, Scottsdale
No. 23 Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass, Devils Claw course, Chandler
No. 25 Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass, Cattail course, Chandler
No. 14 Maderas Golf Club, San Diego
No. 17 Indian Wells Golf Resort – Players course, Indian Wells
No. 18 Yocha Dehe Golf Club, Brooks
No. 20 Classic Club, Palm Desert
No. 1 Lake of Isles – North course, North Stonington
No 1. Bayside Resort Golf Club, Fenwick Island
No. 8 Camp Creek Golf Club, Panama City Beach
No. 5 The Rawls Course at Texas Tech, Lubbock
No. 17 The Westin La Cantera Resort – Resort course, San Antonio
No. 9 Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club, St. George
No. 4 The Golf Club at Equinox, Manchester
“We congratulate these facilities for being recognized on Golfweek’s list of top courses,” stated Dana Garmany, chairman and CEO, Troon Golf. “These facilities continually strive to provide unparalleled golf experiences for their members and guests and we are proud to see them honored by this leading industry publication.”
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.