Scottsdale, Ariz. -Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce that nine of its managed courses were recognized on Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Courses” list. The biennial list ranked six facilities as “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” and three facilities as the “100 Best Courses Outside the United States” for the May 2007 issue. Cap Cana’s Punta Espada Golf Club in the Dominican Republic made its debut in the rankings while the Ailsa course at The Westin Turnberry Resort and The Legend course at Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort continued their climb toward the top.
Troon Golf-managed courses that received recognition from Golf Digest include:
America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses
No. 19 – Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort (Quarry), Biwabik, Minn.
No. 20 – Forest Dunes Golf Club, Roscommon, Mich.
No. 59 – Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort (Legend), Biwabik, Minn.
No. 60 – Branson Creek Golf Club, Branson, Mo.
No. 96 – Troon North Golf Club (Monument), Scottsdale, Ariz.
No. 100 – Old Works, Anaconda, Mont.
100 Best Courses Outside the United States
No. 8 – The Westin Turnberry Resort (Ailsa) Ayrshire, Scotland
No. 77 – Cap Cana (Punta Espada Golf Club) Juanillo Beach, Dominican Republic
No. 84 – Vilamoura Golf Club (Victoria) Algarve, Portugal
“We congratulate these facilities for being recognized to Golf Digest’s most prized course rankings,” stated Hud Hinton, president and COO, Troon Golf. “With over 16,000 courses in the United States alone, and an increasing number of courses opening around the world, it is a remarkable achievement to be named among the top 100.”
The Golf Digest Course Rating Panel is composed of more than 800 low-handicap men and women. The panel evaluates courses on seven criteria, giving each a scale of 1 (unacceptable) to 10 (perfect). The categories include: Shot Values, Resistance to Scoring, Design Variety, Memorability, Aesthetics, Conditioning and Ambience.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf is the world’s largest golf management company, overseeing operations at more than 185 courses located in 30 states and 22 countries. Additionally, 34 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Ocotillo Golf Resort, Chandler, Ariz.; The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; Badlands Golf Club, Las Vegas, Nev.; Brookwater Golf Club, Queensland, Australia.; Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Palmilla Golf Club, Los Cabos, Mexico; and The Grove, London, England.